Magic Johnson's Wife in Public Eye on HIV Campaign

By admin

Originally published on Advocate.com July 07 2008 11:00 PM ET

Magic Johnson's
normally publicity-shy wife, Cookie, is emerging as a
spokeswoman in a campaign urging black women to get tested
for HIV.

Cookie Johnson is
appearing with the former Los Angeles Lakers star in a
five-year, $60 million public service campaign with ads
directed by moviemaker Spike Lee.

She was two
months' pregnant when her husband tested positive for HIV in
1991.

The Henry J.
Kaiser Foundation says almost a third of cases diagnosed
among blacks in 2006 were women, double the rate for white
women.

Cookie Johnson,
who tested negative for the virus, says part of the black
population still has the attitude that "it can't happen
to me." (AP)