LOS ANGELES - Magic Johnson's normally camera-shy
wife Cookie is emerging as a spokeswoman to urge black women to
get tested for HIV.
Cookie Johnson, who was two months pregnant when her husband
tested positive for HIV in 1991, is appearing with the former LA
Lakers star in a five-year, $60 million public service campaign
funded by drug firm Abbott, which manufactures AIDS and HIV
drugs. The public-service ads are directed by moviemaker Spike
Almost a third of cases diagnosed among blacks in 2006 were
women, double the rate for white women, according to the Henry J.
Cookie Johnson, who tested negative for the virus, says part of
the community still has the attitude that "it can't happen to me."