How Magic Johnson Stemmed the Spread of AIDS
Donald Sterling’s claim that Magic Johnson should be “ashamed” of being HIV positive has reignited the debate about prevention. Since bravely revealing his condition in 1991, Johnson has done much to destigmatize the illness. In New York, those seeking HIV tests rose by 60 percent within a month of his announcement. More than 20 years later, the rate of new infections has stabilized at about 50,000 a year. With condom use falling, federal health officials have advocated that some use daily antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection. The drug is covered by most insurers, and prescriptions are expected to rise to 500,000.