This Day in History:Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Announces He Has AIDS (1992)

This Day in History:
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Announces He Has AIDS (1992)

Ashe was the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis and was thus a very public figure, even after his retirement, which followed a 1979 heart attack and quadruple-bypass surgery. In 1983, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion during a second heart surgery. He kept it a secret until 1992, when a newspaper threatened to publish a story about his illness. His subsequent openness about AIDS helped combat the disease’s stigma. How much longer did Ashe live? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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