Quiz 35: I Survived, Allison Samuels

Psychology

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is retired legendary basketball player. He belongs to America and is currently the president of basketball operations. In 1991, at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, this lively player, who never dwelled on the past, announced to the world that he is infected with HIV. When Johnson was diagnosed with HIV, by that time the Americans who died of AIDS was more than those in conflicts of World War II. Therefore, the question in 1991 was not that whether the infected would live full and normal life but rather how long they would live before they die. In 1994, Dr David Ho kept Johnson on an experimental cocktail of antiretroviral drug to help fight his HIV. This was completely a new type of weapon that seemed to keep in check the HIV and to prevent development of full-fledged AIDS. Before this drug got introduced to general public Dr. Ho has put Johnson on it. This therapy helped Johnson in his overall well-being. When Johnson started with the treatment, during initial days he as to take a lot of pills several times in a day. Later the pills reduced to few with lesser side effects. Johnson is a poster child of success for surviving HIV, because he has suffered it, lived it and survived it. He knows what it takes to fight this virus.

HIV/AIDS which is also called human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV leads to AIDS that breaks down the body's immunity system and makes it prone to infections. It is a chronic disease. The major reason behind the disease is unprotected sexual contact. AIDS took a toll of some 25 million lives worldwide. Around 33 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, the HIV/AIDS cases have increased in African-American community. 25% of women in the United States are HIV positive. The Americans who died of AIDS was more than those in conflicts of World War II. The question in 1991 was not that whether the infected would live full and normal life but rather how long they would live before they die. In 2006, the rate HIV infected black women were higher by almost 15 times than that of white women and four times as for Latina women.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is retired legendary basketball player. He belongs to America and is currently the president of basketball operations. He is also an entrepreneur and runs movie theatres, Starbucks stores and other businesses. In 1991, at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, this lively player, who never dwelled on the past, announced to the world that he is infected with HIV. In 1994 when Johnson was diagnosed with HIV, Dr David Ho kept Johnson on an experimental cocktail of antiretroviral drug to help fight his HIV. Before this drug got introduced to general public Dr. Ho has put Johnson on it. This therapy helped Johnson in his overall well-being. Magic Johnson actively participates in his foundation's effort around HIV/AIDS and education. He is engaged with the Obama administration which focusses on community-development issues. Johnson is a poster child of success for surviving HIV as he has suffered it, lived it and survived it. He knows what it takes to fight this virus. He wanted to be a role model for the community and educated them that HIV is not bad. Johnson enlighted the public from los Angeles. In 1995, Johnson opened his first Magic Johnson movie theatre in Los Angeles as a part of an effort to revive the nearabout. Mr. Johnson has educated the world by the battle he fought with AIDS, that even one can fully live with it.

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