Ashe's Sad, Stunning AIDS Announcement

A second major sports figure goes public about his infection

HE DIDN'T INDULGE IN HIGH-RISK OR HIGH-VOLUME sex. He didn't shoot drugs. Tennis superstar Arthur Ashe simply lay down on an operating table in 1983 to undergo heart-bypass surgery, and when he got up he had contracted HIV -- the AIDS virus.

Ashe, 48, found out about the infection in 1988. Until last week he kept quiet, figuring that, unlike basketball superstar Magic Johnson, he was no longer a public figure. But USA Today approached him to confirm what had until then been a rumor, and Ashe reluctantly spoke up.

It was just bad luck that Ashe underwent major surgery after...

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