Magic Johnson, who is throwing his support behind the nation's first in-home HIV test, recently explained why he calls the test a game changer some 21 years after he announced to the world that he was infected with HIV. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
ESPN calls the 1991 HIV announcement by Magic Johnson one of the biggest moments in sports history. In it, Johnson told fans "I plan on going on, living for a long time" and the beloved sports legend made good on that promise. Twenty-one years later, in a rare move, he endorsed the first in-home rapid oral HIV test that is now available to consumers nationwide.
"This is the game changer," Johnson says. Magic Johnson calls the FDA approved test OraQuick a game changer because he believes African Americans and Latinos – who make up more than half of all new HIV cases – will now get tested.
"In our community this test is gonna be important because we don't like to go to the doctor, we don't like to go to the clinic and we don't like people in our business. So I think this in-home test will help by getting them to find out their status," says Johnson.
"We are so proud to have Magic Johnson a part of this campaign because people can look at him and see that I'm alive, I'm healthy, I'm well. And this came because it was detected early because I took a test and I knew my status," says OraSure Technologies Senior Vice President Debra Fraser-Howse.
Magic also says he also endorses the home AIDS test because it has an 800 number that people can call if they are panicked or have urgent questions.
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