Miss Universe hailed for raising HIV awareness

1 Apr

PhilStar.com – Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach has won praise for putting a spotlight on the HIV/AIDS issue in the country on the international stage.

Lack of awareness and education has been pinpointed by advocates and health experts as a major contributing factor to the expanding HIV epidemic in the country.

“She really wants to raise awareness and I’m happy that the Miss Universe organization is helping her in that aspect,” said Dr. Winlove Mojica, one of the most active HIV/AIDS advocates from the medical community. “She just continues with it to show people that she is indeed sincere with it.”

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“She said it very briefly (during the competition) but it says a lot because everything starts with awareness. You can’t push through with treatment if people are not aware of it, or aware of something,” added Mojica, a member and head of the social media arm of the Philippine Dermatological Society, who completed a fellowship course in Sexually Transmitted Infections at the National Skin Centre Singapore. “So finding somebody who is a figure, who people look up to, talking about something that has been neglected, then that issue has a bigger chance of being talked about, of raising funds and projects.” Read the full article here.

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