PIA’S PROJECT

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pia project laUnch KalaYaan hall, sM aUra tower, tagUig citY aU­gUst 9, 2017 Miss Uni­verse 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is ask­ing the world—the uni­verse, rather— to join her in the fight against the hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus (HIV), the virus that causes ac­quired im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency syn­drome (AIDS).

In part­ner­ship with the Joint United Na­tions Pro­gramme on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS) and the com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion LoveYour­self, Pia launched her own cam­paign, Project Pro­gres­sive In­for­ma­tion Aware­ness, aka the PIA Project.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease dis­trib­uted at the launch, the PIA Project “will fo­cus on spread­ing in­for­ma­tion on HIV and Sex­ual Ori­en­ta­tion and Gen­der Iden­tity and Ex­pres­sion (SOGIE), and pro­mot­ing self-worth among the youth.”

Be­fore the project launch, Pia took a pub­lic HIV test con­ducted by LoveYour­self, a com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides free HIV tests in mo­bile clin­ics serv­ing Metro Manila. After only 10 min­utes, Pia was handed an en­ve­lope con­tain­ing the re­sults of her test—which she kept con­fi­den­tial, ex­plain­ing that those who un­dergo the tests can choose not to dis­close the re­sults.

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