Magic Johnson discovered that he was positive for HIV in 1991 (physical before the 1991–92 NBA season). He made a public announcement on November 7, 1991.
We all thought it was a death sentence for Magic Johnson.
As of now, Magic Johnson's HIV virus is at undetectable level. (he's not virus free). Magic Johnson doesn't have AIDS. Magic Johnson is not cured from HIV. Magic Johnson still has HIV virus.
Magic Johnson is not the only person living healthy life with HIV.
The key point was that the virus was detected very early. And he took very strong medication. With early detection & drug treatment, a patient has 90% chance of holding down HIV virus.
Magic Johnson announces retirement Nov 7, 1991
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted the HIV virus, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 37, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.