Review: '25 To Life' Tells the Cost of Keeping HIV a Secret for Nearly Three Decades

December 1, 2014 9:15 PM

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There's a scene in "25 To Life" where William Brawner prepares to attend Howard University's homecoming after years spent away from campus. He agonizes over what to wear as his family looks on. "I've got to walk on Howard's campus being the dude with HIV, with millions of people. That's why I've got to get cute," he says. "They have to know that I'm still here."

For over 25 years, Brawner kept his HIV-positive status a secret from nearly everyone in his life. After contracting the virus from a blood transfusion as a child, his mother advised him not to tell anyone at school about his status or the medications he was taking - a choice that extended well into...

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