Tommy Morrison, 43, is a fierce competitor. He’s a prideful heavyweight champion. He’s been featured in movies, like Rocky V. He’s also an HIV denier.
In 1996, the boxer’s blood test revealed he was infected with HIV. Since then, Morrison has had numerous tests showing he is infected with the disease. He’s been suspended from the sport, continued to take tests, and even been allowed to return. He is constantly criticized, scrutinized, and questioned.
“I’m getting tired of having to answer all these questions and people casting doubts,” Morrison told USA TODAY in 2007. “I’ve got a fight scheduled for July 27 in Albuquerque, but they want me to get this over with first. In the next week to 10 days, I’m going to Nevada, and I’ll test again to clear this up.” (source)
By appearances, it doesn’t look like Morrison is suffering from the disease and in 2010 test results showed Morrison did not have HIV, but experts say there is no way he doesn’t have it. Sometimes the symptoms don’t show up as quickly or as dramatically as they do in others, so perhaps without treatment, Morrison’s disease is developing slowly.
Morrison’s Bigger Issue
Morrison doesn’t believe AIDS exists. He thinks it’s a scheme cooked up by money-seeking scientists. Therefore, not only does Morrison believe he has the right to continue fighting, he has unprotected sex with his girlfriend, every day. (source)
Morrison needs to wake up. HIV is not a choice or a punishment. It’s a disease. An incurable, yet treatable, disease. Though it hasn’t progressed dramatically in Morrison, he has to realize that he needs treatment. Having unprotected sex makes him a danger to any partner he has.
If you or anyone you know suffers from AIDS, make the right decision to not have unprotected sex and educate others too. The choice goes a long way and helps prevent the deadly disease from spreading. Not sure if you have HIV, get tested! Find a local testing site in your area and protect those around you!