Former NBA star Magic Johnson has offered his support to Hollywood star Charlie Sheen who has been diagnosed with HIV.
Despite years in the spotlight, the disease still faces a stigma and lacks a treatment that can cure the virus altogether.
Johnson took to Twitter to offer words of support to Sheen.
“I wish Charlie Sheen and his family the best. With the advancement in treatments and medicine he can fight this disease and live a long life,” Johnson said.
Johnson also expressed hope that Sheen would join him about educating the world about HIV/AIDs.
Johnson himself knows what it is like to be diagnosed with the HIV. NBA star announced his retirement from the NBA due to his own HIV diagnosis in 1991. Johnson later returned to the NBA in 1995-96 to play one more season for the LA Lakers.
Magic Johnson led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. He played in 906 NBA games, holding career averages of 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg and 7.2 rpg in 36.7 minutes per game.
Johnson was on the 1992 USA Olympics Dream team that won the gold in Barcelona. He is also a 5-time NBA champion.
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