- Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzback took an HIV test for the first time
- This was to raise awareness and to encourage others to get tested as well
- Wurtzbach has been a vocal advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness
Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach proved that she talks the talk as she took her advocacy for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness by taking her an HIV test herself for the very first time.
The Filipina beauty queen checked in at the Apicha Community Health Center in New York City where she took a confidential HIV anti-body test which utilizes only one drop of blood as sample and the results readily available in 20 minutes.
“I volunteered to be tested for HIV because I didn’t know my status and I was curious. Now that I’m six months in my reign, I realized that it’s about time that I have to get myself tested,” Wurtzbach told ABS-CBN News.
The reigning Miss Universe also took the opportunity to speak out against the stigma surrounding those who take HIV tests, as the United States marks National HIV Testing Day on June 27.
“National HIV Testing Day is a reminder to get tested, and take care of not only your health, but your love ones’ health, too. It is important to know the facts, and be proactive about protecting yourself, your partners and your community,” she said.
It is estimated that over one million people in the US are currently living with HIV but around 1 in 8 individuals do not know that they have already been infected by the virus.
For those who are still having doubts about taking an HIV test to know their status, the Miss Universe has some clear advice:
“The first step is to take control. Get yourselves tested. Know your status because the risk is in not knowing.”
Watch Miss Universe take an HIV test in this report by ABS-CBN News: