Book Tour To Get Teenagers Involved In Issues, Including HIV/AIDS

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First daughter Jenna Bush on Saturday in Annapolis, Md., launched athree-month, 25-city tour to promote her nonfiction book, titled "Ana'sStory: A Journey of Hope," that profiles a 17-year-old single mother inPanama who is HIV-positive, the Washington Post reports (Argetsinger, Washington Post, 9/30).

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The book is based on Bush's experience interning at UNICEF.It aims to put a face on statistics and document the lives of childrenin Central and South America. Bush in March said the book is a "call toaction." She added that there are many issues, such as HIV-relateddiscrimination, that young people can address. The book is published byHarperCollins (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 3/8). Bush said that her share of the book's profits will go to UNICEF. According to the Post, some of the proceeds will go to an educational fund for Ana (Thompson, Washington Post, 9/29).

Bush'seditors say she hopes to use her role as first daughter to raiseawareness about what she calls "children of exclusion," or thoseneglected and living in poverty, the New York Times reports (Stolberg, New York Times,9/29). "Ana changed my life," Bush said, adding, "She wanted the kidsin the U.S. -- you -- to be educated about the illness she was livingwith." Mark Connolly, a UNICEF regional adviser on HIV/AIDS, said thebook can help highlight that while the epidemic is more serious andbetter known in Africa, there is a "serious heterosexual AIDS epidemicin Latin America" (Washington Post, 9/29).

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