South African child AIDS activist
Nkosi Johnson (February 4, 1989 – June 1, 2001), born Xolani Nkosi, was the longest living person born with HIV/AIDS. His keynote speech at the Thirteenth International AIDS Conference proved instrumental in changing attitudes towards the disease.
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- Care for us and accept us - we are all human beings. We are normal. We have hands. We have feet. We can walk, we can talk, we have needs just like everyone else - don't be afraid of us - we are all the same!
- Closing lines of his address to the 13th International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, in July 2000.
- Do all you can with what you have in the time you have in the place you are.
- Don't be afraid of us, we are all the same. You can't get AIDS if you touch, hug, kiss, hold hands with someone who is infected.