On World AIDS Day, Greg Louganis dreams of 'zero new infections'

Tue. December 2, 2014 11:28 AM by OnTopMag.com

In a video released Monday to mark World AIDS Day, Olympian Greg Louganis says that he dreams of "zero new infections."

"My dream is zero discrimination, zero new infections and zero AIDS-related deaths," Louganis says in the 60-second video.

Louganis, who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, came out at the Gay Games held in New York in 1994. He's said in previous interviews that he does not know when he contracted HIV but that he was diagnosed "about 6 months prior to the 1988 [Seoul] Olympic games."

"I have been living with HIV for over 26 years," Louganis says in the video. "Thanks to early treatment, HIV has not affected my zest for life, or my passion for sports."

"The goal for all of us is to test early, know your status, and get treatment as soon as possible," he adds. 

Louganis recorded the video in support of the Switzerland-based International Labour Organization, which works to end HIV-related discrimination in the workplace.

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