Today is World AIDS Day. Held every year on Dec. 1 since 1988, the day is meant to acknowledge and support those currently living with the disease while remembering the individuals who have passed on. It's an epidemic that knows no race, religion or sexual orientation. According to 2012 U.S. Government statistics, there are 33.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS. But maybe there's an effective cure on the way. 

In observation of World AIDS Day, we take a look at the athletes who have contracted the disease while remembering the contributions they made to their respective sport and the world. From Magic Johnson to Arthur Ashe, here's A History of Athletes with HIV/AIDS.  

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