Former NBA star Magic Johnson, who has been living with a positive HIV diagnosis since 1991, tweeted his support for Charlie Sheen on Tuesday, after the 50-year-old actor appeared on the Today
show to confirm reports that he is HIV positive
“I wish @CharlieSheen and his family the best,” Johnson, 56, tweeted. “With the advancement in treatments and medicine he can fight this disease and live a long life.”
Johnson has been an outspoken advocate for disease since finding out he was HIV positive before the 1991-92 NBA season. He retired from basketball after receiving his diagnosis and founded the Magic Johnson Foundation to help fight the disease later that same year.
“In @CharlieSheen breaking his silence, I hope he joins me in educating the world about HIV/AIDs,” the activist and entrepreneur wrote in a later tweet.
Other celebrities have spoken out in the wake of Sheen’s announcement, taking to social media to show their support of Sheen and advocacy for HIV/AIDS awareness.
“#BraveCharlie,” Lady Gaga wrote in an Instagram post, tagging her Born This Way Foundation. “An opportunity for people all over the world to learn about modern HIV prevention, treatments, and emotional intelligence as it relates to the stigma of the virus.”
Other stars, including Sheen’s Spin City co-star Heather Locklear, also shared words of support on Twitter and Instagram.