We’ve all heard the stats. Black women across this country are being infected with HIV at alarming rates. Many have pinned this epidemic on the backs of “down low” men, while others see it as irresponsibility at its finest. Whatever the case may be, nearly thirty years after HIV/AIDS first began to ravage communities of Americans, it’s still here tearing them apart.
Recently, I had the pleasure of viewing a trailer for Mike Brown’s unfinished documentary ‘25 To Life.’ The documentary takes an honest and surprising look at a man with HIV on a quest for redemption.
The film follows William Brawner, a young man who contracted HIV when he was just 18-monts-old. Since he was a child, his family told him to conceal his status and he kept the secret under wraps for 25 years. During this time, however, Brawner engaged in rampant sexual activity with unknowing women, many of whom he failed to protect.
Now, Brawner is married and an active HIV advocate, and wants to set the record straight and get a bit of redemption from those whose lives he changed forever.
But is it too late?
Check out the trailer for ’25 To Life’ and go to the film’s website to donate.
What do you think? Could you forgive someone who knowingly slept with you while they were HIV-positive?