Sophie and Sarah Denison-Johnston: AIDS-Free Generation
By Robert Breining
October 25, 2012
On Sunday, Oct. 21, Robert and Jeromy spoke with Sarah and Sophie Denison-Johnston, the daughters of Rebecca Denison. Sophie and Sarah Denison-Johnston were born HIV negative at San Francisco General Hospital in March of 1996.
Their mother, Rebecca Denison, founder of WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases) and who was recently on POZ I AM Radio, participated in the phase 1 trial of nevirapine that led to their negative status. Their mother wrote an article about her decision here: You can read about it here.
Sophie and Sarah feel so honored to have been a part of this monumental step in approaching an AIDS-free generation in that they know it's possible to stop mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Their only question is why should we be called fortunate. It's their hope that in the future having access to these types of drugs isn't a privilege. It should be accessible to everyone, no matter who and where they are from.
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