Pia Wurtzbach: Miss Universe Visits Wounded Soldiers in the Philippines, Plans to Be Tested for HIV

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Pia Wurtzbach is back in the Philippines and firmly ensconced in her Miss Universe duties, now that the drama over Steve Harvey's announcement mistake during the Miss Universe Pageant is finally subsiding.

In addition to parades and a bevy of events to welcome her home, Pia Wurtzbach is honoring those who deserve accolades far more than any beauty queen. In recent days she visited V. Luna General Hospital in Quezon City, where she spent time with wounded soldiers on what the hospital calls its Heroes Ward 3A.

Pia Wurtzback also visited children while at the hospital, many of whom were patients of Smile Train--a medical organization that provides surgery for children born with cleft lips and palates.

Doctors and staff at the hospital noted their appreciation of Pia Wurtzbach's visit by bestowing her with gifts. Miss Universe received a patch, a name plate, and a Philippine flag.

Contestants in the Miss Universe Pageant must have an advocacy to which they dedicate their time and notoriety. Pia Wurtzbach's is HIV awareness. In the coming days she plans not only to visit patients with HIV/AIDS, but to get tested for the disease in her attempt to take away the stigma attached to getting tested. She will travel to the U.S. to be tested.

“To take out the stigma, somebody has to step forward and do something so other people can follow suit. What we are planning to do is to have my HIV test in New York. It will be a public testing so I can show everybody how easy it is to do and how important it is, I hope it can help, even just a little,” Pia Wurtzbach explains.

The coming year will be a very busy one for Pia Wurtzbach as she assumes the many duties of Miss Universe. Kudos to her for visiting wounded soldiers and taking on issues that can benefit people from all around the world.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.