Courtney E. Martin
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Most black women living with HIV or AIDS got infected through high-risk sex with men. Marvelyn Brown says she's HIV-positive because she did not consider the risks. She's a former athlete, who now travels the country telling her story and championing personal responsibility.
Marvelyn Brown was 19 when she tested HIV-positive in 2003. She writes about contracting the illness and the painful lessons learned from her experience in her new book, The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive. Joined by activist Rae Lewis Thornton, who is living with AIDS, Brown discusses family reaction to her HIV status and how she's helping increase HIV/AIDs awareness.