The Most Influential HIV/AIDS Moments in Black History

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  • The Past, Present and Future
  • Magic Johnson Coming Out as HIV-Positive
  • President Obama Signing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
  • Salt-N-Pepa “Let’s Talk About Sex”
  • Rae Lewis Thornton on the Cover of Essence Magazine
  • TLC and Condom Fashion
  • Eazy-E’s Death
  • Pop Culture's Obsession with the Down-Low
  • HIV Rates Go Down for Black Women, While MSM Rates Go Up
  • Mississippi Baby “Cured” From HIV/AIDS

Magic Johnson Coming Out as HIV-Positive

The world stopped for a few minutes when LA Lakers' Earvin “Magic” Johnson told the world in a press conference that he had tested positive for HIV. It was one of the first times that a famous straight Black man had disclosed his status publicly and had contracted it from heterosexual sex.    

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