A rumor floated around this weekend that HIV-positive Magic Johnson was photographed donating blood.
The image is real, but Johnson was having blood drawn – not donating it.
The image was passed around over the weekend, claiming to show the former NBA star donating blood for “charity.” Twitter users were aghast at the idea of blood being donated by an HIV positive individual.
As discovered by BuzzFeed, however, this photo can be traced back to a 2012 documentary entitled, “Endgame: AIDS in Black America.”
The original caption of the photo reads, “Dr. David Ho, an HIV/AIDS specialist, draws blood from Magic Johnson…”
This is a classic case of an inaccurate caption being attached to a photo, and people spreading false information without fact-checking first.