Magic Has Learned a Lot-- Now He's Teaching Us

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February 1996


Magic Johnson's return to the Los Angeles Lakers should mark further progress in the average American's ability to understand acquired immune deficiency syndrome and the dangers posed by HIV. A good part of the credit can go to the National Basketball Association and its program to instruct players about AIDS. In addition, the NBA has taken a leadership role in establishing guidelines for competition that protect players from all infectious diseases.Johnson's return to the court is perhaps his most important contribution to AIDS education. His stature as an athlete and his winning personality ensure that his presence on the court will continue to help others to gain a proper understanding about the nature of AIDS and HIV infection. More people will learn that HIV is not transmitted through casual contact, including sports. People will see that discrimination against HIV-infected people is irrational.