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March 11, 1992

When Sports and HIV Share the Bill, Smart Money Goes on Common Sense

JAMA. 1992;267(10):1311-1314. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480100013003

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IT ISN'T GOING to be easy to put all the magic back in basketball, but at least efforts are being made to keep more athletes—on professional, college, and high school teams—from disappearing.

In the wake of Earvin (Magic) Johnson's apparent retirement from the Los Angeles (Calif) Lakers after he announced that he was infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the National Basketball Association (NBA) has taken the lead among professional US sports organizations in making sure players are fully informed about HIV infection and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). At the same time, none of the organizations has announced any restrictions on infected team members.

Physicians and health educators from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Md, have begun a long-term program of providing disease prevention education and information to everyone on the 27 NBA teams. As new players come into the organization, they will