At just 19 years of age, I was unsure what was killing me and, even more disturbing, unwilling to fight. This is the story of my still young, wild, and, at times, reckless ride of a life. It is a cautionary tale of how I discovered self-love, self-respect, and responsibility and began traveling the globe seeking a truth in hopes of saving the lives of others. It is the story of my marvelous life. On July 17, , Marvelyn Brown's life changed forever. She had been infected by her boyfriend, a 24 year-old man she only refers to as Prince Charming. Sadly, Marvelyn had only become sexually-active relatively recently, having been a bit of a tomboy till she blossomed into a beauty around
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Brown was born on May 7, , in Nashville , Tennessee. She describes in her autobiography that she had regular clashes with her mother, but the two have since reconciled. Having little knowledge on HIV , Brown was unaware that the disease could be contracted through heterosexual sex. She was a healthy track and basketball athlete but began showing symptoms of an unknown illness that became critical enough to put her in an intensive-care unit.
Marvelyn Brown was 19 when she tested HIV-positive in Time has made people more aware than ever and science has allowed people to live longer and healthier lives than ever, and still the epidemic continues to grow. In the U. It's become the leading cause of death for black women aged 25 to The question is why.
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