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The Magic Johnson Foundation and Abbott Expand Focus of 'Campaign to End Black AIDS' to African-American Women in 2008
Date:11/30/2007

Cookie Johnson, Wife of Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Will Educate African-American Women on the Importance of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Testing

and Treatment

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with World AIDS Day, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the Magic Johnson Foundation and Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced that Cookie Johnson, wife of Earvin "Magic" Johnson will be touring throughout the country in 2008 to educate women on HIV/AIDS. Earvin "Magic" Johnson will continue to be the primary ambassador for the "I Stand With Magic" program to inform people about the disease, encourage people to get tested and if necessary, seek treatment for HIV if they are HIV positive. The program also will be traveling to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to provide free HIV testing and education in recognition of World AIDS Day 2007.

Since its 2006 launch, the "I Stand With Magic" program, a part of the "Campaign to End Black AIDS," has provided free HIV/AIDS testing to more than 21,000 Americans in 16 major cities with large African-American populations as part of the "I Stand With Magic" tour. Additionally, the program has educated nearly 200,000 people about HIV, risk factors associated with the disease, the importance of HIV testing and how to care for yourself or someone you know living with the disease. More than 70,000 individuals have enrolled in the program in order to receive regular newsletters and communication from Magic Johnson about how to stay informed about the disease. Anyone who is personally impacted by HIV, is a caretaker of someone who is HIV positive or just wants to support the cause can enroll on the program's Web site,

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