Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach takes public HIV test

23 Jun

AsianJournal.com – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach took time off her busy schedule to take a public HIV test at New York City’s Apicha Community Health Center Monday, June 20 to get the word out and encourage others to get tested and know their status.

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“Over one million people in the United States are living with HIV and this number continues to increase each year by 50,000. One in eight people who have HIV don’t even know it yet because they don’t get themselves tested and because of that, they are not getting the right kind of care and treatment that they deserve and should have,” Miss Wurtzbach said.
The public test took place in advance of National HIV Testing Day on Monday, June 27 when special testing events will be held around the United States.

“It is vital to get tested at least once in your lifetime. The risk is in not knowing,” the reigning Miss Universe added. Ending the stigma associated with testing that exists in many parts of the world is critical to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic as it is estimated that 17.1 million of the 36.9 million people living with HIV worldwide do not know they are infected.
“The most important thing about getting an HIV test today is to destigmatize the whole idea of knowing your HIV status,” said Therese Rodriguez, Apicha’s CEO. “She will hopefully inspire more people to have the courage to get themselves tested.” Rodriguez explained that knowing one’s status is crucial in the process of getting the necessary help one needs.Read the full article here.

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