The NBA star tweets that Sheen "can fight this disease and live a long life"

November 17, 2015 08:05 PM

Magic Johnson is sending a message of support to Charlie Sheen following the actor’s revelation that he is living with HIV.

“I wish @CharlieSheen and his family the best,” Johnson wrote on Twitter Tuesday, hours after Sheen made his announcement during an interview on the Today show. “With the advancement in treatments and medicine he can fight this disease and live a long life.”

Johnson, 56, revealed he was HIV-positive in 1991. He has gone on to help others fight HIV/AIDS through his Magic Johnson Foundation.

“In @CharlieSheen breaking his silence, I hope he joins me in educating the world about HIV/AIDs,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.

Another well-known athlete living with HIV also spoke out in support of Sheen amid his revelation. Greg Louganis, who was diagnosed in 1988, praised Sheen for “opening up the dialogue” about the virus.

Sheen, 50, was diagnosed with HIV in 2011.

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