Essay on The Announcement: Magic Johnson and HIV

Essay on The Announcement: Magic Johnson and HIV

Length: 1289 words (3.7 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Strong Essays

Open Document

Essay Preview

The documentary The Announcement was mostly about the era in which Magic Johnson lived and explained how HIV victims were perceived at the time (2012). America had a "plague" scare about AIDS in the 1980s when all this broke out which really a great deal to make people reflect on their "free-wheeling" sexual ways and social interactions and relationships. Today in 2014, people are still advised to talk openly with potential sexual partners and even get tested before having sex because AIDS is still very much alive and well in the world and in America. The documentary dived into social factors and also the stigma and ignorance that to this day persists whenever HIV issues arise. The documentary attempts to pull apart some of the fear and reality that Americans have about this disease of the immune system (2012). The stigma of AIDS patients and HIV positive people still exists but armed with knowledge America can all move ahead with a positive approach and not go alienating the very ones who Americans may know or love and who need them the most. In the early years of this disease people Americans were dieing because Americans knew so little about this disease, but now Americans know a great deal and people are living fairly normal lives because of certain treatments. A lot of credit should be given to Magic Johnson for this.
Homophobia was rampant, because those dying in the early years were almost all gay men, which is NOT so true nowadays; and lifestyle choice because a lot of intravenous drug users also can develop HIV and AIDS (Julie). It's a blood transmission disease; and condom use because unless you know 100% and see the test results of both yourself and your partner, you are still taking a risk with your life if you h...

... middle of paper ...

...k Behaviors in Women." Journal of
AIDS and HIV Research 5.2 (2013). 59-64. Web. March 8, 2013.

"I Am Not Cured" Interview by Sarah Moughty. PBS, 7 Nov. 2011. Web. 20
Mar. 2014. black-america/20-years-after-hiv-announcement-magic-johnson-emphasizes-i-am-not-cured/>.
Reynolds, Ann. "Doctors Fight Leukemia with HIV." ABC News. ABC, December 10,
2012. Web. March 31, 2013.
Strait, Julia. "Nanoparticles loaded with bee venom kill HIV." Newsroom. Washington
University in St. Louis. March 7, 2013. Web. March 30, 2013.
The Announcment. Dir. Nelson George. Perf. Magic Johnson. ESPN Films, 2012. Television.

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

The Man Who Overcame his Death Sentence. Earvin Magic Johnson Essay

- The Man Who Overcame His Death Sentence Earvin “Magic” Johnson did not earn his nickname of “Magic” for nothing. In 13 season playing for the Los Angeles Lakers he averaged a career double-double with 19.5 points and 11.2 assists per season (The Announcement). This led his team to many championships and put Magic in talks as one of the greatest point guards of all-time. Sadly this career was cut short by a terrible disease that developed in the 1980’s called HIV. This has now made him an advocate for HIV awareness and also pushed him to form organizations to help find a cure for the HIV virus....   [tags: famous sports figures HIV positive]

Strong Essays
1069 words (3.1 pages)

Hiv / Aids And Discrimination Essay

- Ayeola Lange 5/3/16 English Professor HIV/AIDS and Discrimination Today AIDS still affects both men and women, predominantly African American women. AIDS was originated in Africa. As of today people can live with AIDS as opposed to years before they had the proper medication to treat AIDS, but keep in mind their is still no cure as of yet. It has been a worldwide disease that federal officials and associations tried to make up laws and ways to prevent the transmission of AIDS....   [tags: AIDS, HIV, Immunodeficiency, Tuberculosis]

Strong Essays
1002 words (2.9 pages)

HIV/AIDS Is No Longer a Death Sentence Essay

- I am positive; the simplest statement suddenly carries a huge weight when the words HIV or AIDS are followed right after. In the 1980’s HIV meant AIDS and AIDS meant a rapid and awful death. Death always seemed to be the end result in a world where we did not understand the disease that seemed to come from nowhere but was killing at an expedited rate. Thirty plus years later there is still no cure but there is now hope. Having HIV or AIDS is no longer an immediate death sentence. People infected with the virus can live a long and relatively normal life (2)....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]

Strong Essays
2145 words (6.1 pages)

HIV and The Magic Johnson Foundation Research Essay

- ... Through the Taylor Michaels Scholarship Foundation it helps people who don't have enough money for college, go to college (“Magic Johnson Foundation Home”). The beneficiaries of the Magic Johnson Foundation are people who live with the virus, or poor citizens. It helps people living with HIV-AIDS (“Magic Johnson Foundation Home”). Citizens in urban communities are also being assisted thanks to the foundation (“Magic Johnson Foundation Home”). It also helps people who do not have an education, or lack of education (“Magic Johnson Foundation Home“)....   [tags: heroism, hall of fame, career]

Strong Essays
712 words (2 pages)

The Philanthropy of Magic Johnson Essay

- The Philanthropy of Magic Johnson In a year were so many great athletes are no longer with us, Payne Stewart, Wilt Chamberlain, Joe DiMaggio, Walter Payton, the man we thought would have passed away first is still among us, Magic Johnson. Rick Reilly does a remarkable job on this praising article on Magic. Reilly talks about how fit magic is. "He can bench 325 pounds. Weighing 245, he's about 20 pounds heavier than he was in his prime, but now he's ripped." He is still playing basketball in different celebrity appearances, and plays quite well in them although he is way older than everyone there....   [tags: Papers]

Free Essays
357 words (1 pages)

Essay on The Magician Behind the Magic

- Do you remember how David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappeared. Do you remember how he penetrated the Great Wall of China. And do you remember how a famous street magician David Blaine stayed in an ice tank without eating and drinking for seven days in the street of London. These famous magicians are great. However, we all know that magic is false, why the magicians are so successful. People might think that is because they are so fraudulent when they do a trick, they have a pair of extremely nimble and sensitive hand that even faster than our eyes....   [tags: magic, ]

Strong Essays
902 words (2.6 pages)

Magic Johnson Essay

- 	The L.A. Lakers in the 1980’s were a basketball powerhouse with household names such as James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kurt Rambis who would doubt it. They had class and displayed it on the court. Kareem could pull up for his patented sky hook, they could dish to Worthy for the dunk and Rambis could pull down a rebound, but without a certain Magic there would be no showtime in L.A. A certain young player who had it all, a flashy smile and a great no look pass. That certain player was a true point guard, Earvin Johnson Jr....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

Strong Essays
2689 words (7.7 pages)

HIV Essay

- HIV People who inherit only one copy of a mutated gene that has an effect on HIV's ability to enter CD4 T-helper cells appear to be substantially less likely to become infected with the virus, according to a new report by researchers at New York University School of Medicine in New York City and collaborators at other institutions. Such a protective effect, if proven, falls far short of completely safeguarding individuals who carry a single copy of the gene mutation from the risk of HIV infection....   [tags: HIV and AIDS]

Free Essays
420 words (1.2 pages)

HIV Essay

- HIV Like the majority of the American population I have lived in a cloud of ignorance about the HIV and AIDS crisis. I have never know anyone close to me that has been infected with either of the two viruses. So when the option to research something to do with sexuality arouse I felt this would definitely further my education about a lethal killer that is roaming this earth. Since I knew next to nothing about this topic I will start from the begging of the disease and discuss where it's at now....   [tags: HIV and AIDS]

Strong Essays
1857 words (5.3 pages)

HIV Essay

- HIV Many eyebrows raised late in 1979, when the then unkown HIV virus raised its ugly head. The first two cases of the rare cancer, Karposis Sarcoma was diagnosed in two homosexual men in N>Y>C. About the same time in Los Angeles, several cases of the rare infection, Pneumocytis cariini pneumonia were being treated. Incidences of these strange diseases and infections were sky-rocketting around the country. The disease was effecting mostly young gay men in their 30's. There was no official name for the syndrome, but it was referred to by various names, GRID (gay related inmmune disease), Gay Cancer, and, "Community Acquired Syndrome"....   [tags: STD, HIV, AIDS]

Free Essays
1024 words (2.9 pages)