Being true to her word during the Miss Universe pageant, beauty queen Pia Wurtzbach gets HIV test.
Six months after she promised to raise awareness on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and help shed the stigma of HIV testing, Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach went to the Apicha Community Health Center (Apicha CHC) in New York City and got tested.
As Pia Wurtzbach gets HIV test, her choice of clinic is important as well. The Apicha CHC prides itself in welcoming “underserved or ‘otherized’ people” living in New York.
As a promise to her advocacy, Pia Wurtzbach gets HIV test and doing research about HIV/AIDS.
According to reports, during Pia’s visit to Manila for the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 Coronation Night, he had a press conference at Novotel where she discussed about her advocacy on HIV/AIDS and assured the public that she’s taking it seriously.
During her interview with advocacy group when she returned to New York, she said that she wants to use the attention she has received as Miss Universe to direct people towards important issues, such as battling the rise of HIV/AIDS cases by breaking down taboos and urging the government to be more vigilant about human traffic and rampant drug use.
In her social media account, Wurtzbach also expressed that she met with Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS and under secretary general to the United Nations, whom she said was open to discussing further plans to help the Philippines.
“Such an honor to meet Michel Sidibé. Executive director of UNAIDS and under secretary general to the United Nations. What’s even more humbling is that he congratulated me and was open to discuss further plans to help the Philippines. Unfortunately, Philippines has one of the fastest, if not the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world. And the age bracket? Mostly 15 to 24 years old. And we’ve increased by 25‰ in the last decade. But there’s still hope! 1st step is to get tested. And of course to educate yourself and others. There is no shame in being involved. Remember, Ignorance is also an epidemic. #UNAIDS #UnitedNations – “