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Isaac Asimov: Celebs with HIV

Isaac-Asimov-HIVIf you’ve seen the 2004 action thrill, “I, Robot”, you are be familiar with Isaac Asimov’s work.  Well, sort of…  The movie is based on, or rather, “suggested” from the science fiction stories the author had written.

Unlike celebrities like Freddie Mercury and Eazy-E, whose promiscuity most likely led to the disease, Asimov contracted HIV through a blood transfusion.  In 1977 he had a heart attack that required a triple bypass.  Unfortunately the bypass resulted in the blood transfusion that turned Asimov’s life upside down.

When Asimov passed away in 1992, it was reported that heart and kidney failure killed the author.  Ten years later Asimov’s widow revealed that his death was caused by AIDS.  Upon his diagnosis, doctors told Asimov and his wife not to go public with the news that he was suffering from HIV, siting that the backlash and prejudice would reach his family. (source)

The AIDS Stigma

The AIDS stigma can be classified by the prejudice, negative feelings or backlash that people suffering from the disease get from people all around the world.  It exists because AIDS is a fatal disease that is still closely associated with homosexuality and sexual activities which some groups see as punishable behavior.  The stigma has led to loss of jobs, loss of reputation, and the destruction of marriages. (source)

AIDS is a very scary reality but treatment today is far beyond where it was when Asimov passed away. Many tests for HIV are available that can rapidly determine if one is HIV positive and thus, at risk for AIDS. Medications are available to treat HIV and attempt to stop its evolution into a life-threatening disease with a sad stigma.

posted in AIDs,HIV and have Comments (7)


  1. Comment by Twin Fitness on October 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    It’s so sad that they weren’t able to tell the public the true reason of his demise at the time. Most people automatically assume someone with HIV contracted it sexually, forgetting there are other ways you can get it.

  2. Comment by Law Office of Leslie Williams on October 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    It’s a tragic turn of events to contract AIDS from a necessary blood transfusion. This is a much more understandable way to contract it as opposed to promiscuity though. Another talented individual lost to that terrible disease.

  3. Comment by Basic Biz Law on October 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    This is another tragic story but it seems even worse because of the way he contracted the disease. Either way you bring up a good point, people used to be treated much worse when they had HIV in the past but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

  4. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Seattle on October 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    It is sad that it took tragedies like this to reform the healthcare industry to the point where this shouldn’t happen.

  5. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Seattle on October 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Tragedies like Asimov’s are sadly preventable. It is a shame it took the lives of people like Asimov to have an effect on how things are done in blood transfusions.

  6. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Jacksonville on October 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    It’s very unfortunate for anyone who contracts HIV, and even worse having to tell someone you have it because of negative stigma that surrounds it. People forget there is more than one way to get the disease and it can happen to anyone.

  7. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Cooper City on October 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I wish the information was more readily available. The majority of individuals that we hear about who have AIDS/HIV are because of being promiscuous and not because of ineffective blood testing.

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