During the 10 kilometer AIDS Walk in New York City last May 15, reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, who is also an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, gave her message for presumptive Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
The AIDS Walk is done annually and raises funds to help thousands of people who are suffering from HIV/AIDS in the US. More than 30,000 participants raised $4.5 million during the event.
"I can only hope that this (AIDS Walk) can also happen in the Philippines, especially with the new administration. I really have high hopes that we will see a better Philippines in the future," she said in an interview with ABS-CBN News’ Don Tagala.
Just last year, the Philippines was declared by the World Health Organization as one of the fastest HIV infection rate in the world. Pia advised her kababayans who are sexually active to get tested.
“Napaka-importante po na malaman natin kung tayo po ay positive or negative, at kung anuman ang maging resulta nito mabigyan kayo ng tamang edukasyon kung paano niyo mapo-protektahan ang inyong sarili, kung positive man kayo paano niyo magagamot yong sarili mo para magkaroon ka ng normal na buhay," she said.