Jenna Bush Updates Status of Her Book Heroine

The baby girl in Ana's Story is HIV negative, says the first daughter

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There’s a happy post-script to Jenna Bush’s non-fiction 2007 book, Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope – the tale of a 17-year-old single mother in Latin America who is living with HIV.

“I took Ana’s baby to get her HIV test,” the first daughter, 26, informed a convention of young Jewish activists Tuesday at the Washington Hilton, reports The Washington Post.

“She’s negative,” Bush revealed, as her audience burst into applause.

Speaking before a “Make It Matter” luncheon hosted by United Jewish Communities – whose Web site described its special guest as an “international children’s rights advocate, New York Times bestselling author and daughter of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush – Bush said, “I ignorantly thought when I met Ana that she would be scared or have trust issues.”

Her assumption proved wrong, the author and bride-to-be admitted.

“All this anger had evaporated. She was living such a positive life,” said Bush. “It’s a lesson to all of us that there are people carrying heavy burdens but who live with such optimism.”

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