The positive HIV diagnosis of a Caucasian individual would be less effective in raising AIDS awareness than the positive diagnosis of an African individual such as Magic Johnson. This is because 44% of new HIV cases in the United States affect African Americans. It is more effective to have a popular representative of disease victims at the forefront.
Any positive diagnosis of HIV raises awareness of HIV/AIDS because the person who is diagnosed has family and friends who are now more aware of HIV than they were before. Magic Johnson's diagnosis was a shocker and since then he has not only survived, but thrived with the disease. Johnson's case is extraordinary and should be fully documented as to how he has managed to survive this long.
I personally think that positive HIV diagnosis of a Caucasian does not have anything to do with race or of raising AIDS awareness. I personally think that positive HIV diagnosis has an affect on anybody it does not matter how a person look or what color an individual skin is.
If anything, I think that a positive diagnosis of a Caucasian person would be more effective in raising AIDS awareness. Sadly, and though things are slowly changing, the world is still very focused on the "white is normal" model of life. I think that as a society, we sadly consider the troubles of white people more tragic and AIDS "something that shouldn't happen to a white person."
No, a positive HIV diagnosis of a white individual would not be less effective at raising AIDS awareness than an African American individual such as Magic Johnson, because people of both races have been instrumental at raising awareness. Magic Johnson raised so much awareness because he was a famous basketball player, not because he was a particular race.