How Great HIV Medicines Are Now (In Two Pictures)

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In 1991, I remember where I was walking when I learned that Magic Johnson was HIV positive. I shuffled along in a daze, distraught at the thought of such a young and magnificent man facing imminent death. Back then, you see, an HIV diagnosis was practically a death sentence. Of course, Magic Johnson is still alive. But he was one of the minority of people in 1991 who were able to get the virus under control with the medications of that time. For the vast majority of people, the medications weren’t effective at suppressing the virus. Their days were numbered.
Boy have times changed! Medications are so good today that the majority of people under treatment for HIV have no virus detectable in their blood.
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