What is the major long-term concern about Magic's health? It may not stem from the virus but, rather, from the drugs he takes. Side effects that have already been noted in HIV patients undergoing drug therapy include nerve damage, weakened bones, diabetes, high tryglicerides and cholesterol, as well as morphologic changes like sinking of the cheeks and unusual collections of fat. A panel of federal health officials, in fact, recently recommended that drug therapy for HIV patients be delayed as long as possible because of concern over these effects.
Has Magic been deleteriously affected in any way by his medications? Both he and his doctor say no.