For Immediate Release


Wed., Nov. 30, 2011  

Davis to Receive Award From Basketball Legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson on World AIDS Day

Years of Dedicated Service Led to Receiving the “Magic Award”



WHAT: Cynthia Davis, assistant professor, Medical Science Institute at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science will receive the Second Annual “World AIDS Day Magic Award.” She was the first to conduct mobile HIV testing in Los Angeles County nearly three decades ago, and continues to evaluate thousands of people annually.  

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who is inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame but who retired after contracting HIV in the 1990s, is scheduled to present the award.

Michael Weinstein, president, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest global AIDS organization, is expected to attend.

WHEN: Thurs., Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. for news conference and 9:45 a.m. for the presentation.

WHERE: AIDS Healthcare Foundation Magic Johnson Clinic, 2146 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90018 (two blocks west of Western Avenue)

For World AIDS Day, Mrs. Davis also will conduct testing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at King-Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, 1601 E. 120th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059. The event is part of the scheduled events through the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Magic Johnson HIV Testing in Los Angeles and elsewhere.


For more information, please contact:
Daryl Strickland

Charles Drew University


About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit


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