No, Magic Johnson wasn’t donating blood.
Both the former Los Angeles Lakers star and The Associated Press fact checkers shut down a false declare that Johnson, who was recognized with HIV in 1991, was donating blood to the Red Cross.
An picture circulating on social media confirmed Johnson at a health care provider’s appointment in 2012 having his blood drawn, one thing that he has finished routinely. Yet captions falsely claimed that Johnson was actively donating “his blood to the Red Cross to help underprivileged communities to help fight COVID-19.”
That isn’t true. Instead, per The Associated Press, the picture is from a 2012 documentary from PBS Frontline about AIDS in the United States.
HIV may be transmitted by way of contact with blood, which is why the Red Cross prohibits anybody who has acquired a optimistic HIV take a look at from donating. All blood donations the group receives are examined for the virus and antibodies, too.
Johnson took to Twitter on Tuesday morning and shut the rumor down, saying that he’s by no means donated blood in his life.
Johnson, who performed for the Lakers from 1979-91 after which once more throughout the 1995-96 season, revealed that he had examined optimistic for HIV in 1991. The Hall of Famer by no means developed AIDS, the late stage of HIV an infection, which is undetectable. The 63-year-old, who most not too long ago labored as the Lakers president of basketball operations in 2019, has since turn into a serious advocate for HIV consciousness and prevention.