Miss Universe Andrea Meza gets tested for HIV


Barely a month after being crowned Miss Universe in 2021 at the 69th annual pageant, Andrea Meza is already using the power of her crown to make a positive impact. To help highlight National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the former Miss Mexico performed a rapid HIV test at GMHC in New York City on June 21. The screening event was hosted by the Latin American Commission on AIDS, which partnered with Miss Universe. Organization for 15 years to spread HIV awareness.

The amazing 26 year old software engineer and human rights activist was very impressed with the kindness and professionalism of everyone at GMHC. “It was a great experience,” Meza said of the test. “It was super fast too. They ask you personal questions, but everything was confidential, so that’s fine with me. And in 20 minutes, I was out of there!

Meza understands that many people, especially in the Latinx community, are reluctant to get tested for HIV. “Sometimes we don’t get tested because we’re afraid of the results,” she said, “but if we know whether we are positive or negative, we can act on it. That’s why I do this, that’s why I cheer [people] to do it.”

The stigma surrounding HIV and sex is widespread in Latin American communities. “I come from a very Catholic country, and sometimes it’s hard to talk about sex, it’s like a taboo,” she said. “For me, it’s great to be surrounded by a Latin community that is not afraid to talk about it and that encourages people to know more, to get informed, to educate themselves and to continue to spread the word. ”

Meza is passionate about activity and a healthy lifestyle, and knows how important personal care is. “I love to work out, I love to have healthy eating habits,” she said. “We forget that we only have one body in this life, and if we don’t take care of it, we’ll regret it at some point in our lives.” She continued, “This is why it is so important to go to the doctor and get tested and take care of yourself. Not only you, but also your partner, to enjoy all of these things that life can give you.

“I want to encourage people to get tested [for HIV]”Meza said.” I know it can be scary because there is a lot of stigma and misinformation. But it’s easy, it’s quick and it’s confidential. That’s the most aspect. important, because I know they may be ashamed to share their personal life. It’s not like that. They are going to treat you in an incredible way. They are not going to judge you, and it is for your good.

To learn more about HIV testing or to find a testing site near you, see the POZ Health Services Directory, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or visit your local HIV service organization.


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