APICHAAsian/Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS
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At its 26th anniversary gala dinner in May, billed as 'A Thousand and One Champions,' Apicha honored Wurtzbach for her efforts to assist the community health center in its mission to serve New York's underserved communities and her commitment to HIV-AIDS awareness.
On June 20, one week before the scheduled National HIV Testing Day, Wurtzbach took her public HIV testing at the clinic of Apicha in lower Manhattan, following a pre-testing counseling with one of the agency's medical staff.
The CEO of Apicha stated, 'I hope that her generous act of courage will inspire all societies, especially our beloved Philippinesto support her efforts to lend her hand in breaking the HIV stigma.'
Visits to Apicha's website increased significantly after the TV airing of the press conference, and Filipino viewers posted comments, such as 'Guys, let's get ourselves tested.' 'She did it, so can you!' 'Yey, Queen P, you're so brave!'
As Miss Universe, Pia would like to work with the LGBT community specifically to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS education and prevention and with groups such as Gay Men's Health Crisis and Apicha Community Health Center.
Fashion model Geena Rocero, on the other hand, has shown APICHA her grit and flair for life to become whatever she wants to be.
It is also important that we support the work that APICHA has been doing for the longest time, serving the most marginalized in the community, Rocero said.
Therese Rodriguez, Apicha's CEO, has been at its since 1997.
Despite threats of closure during America's recession, Apicha has grown by leaps and bounds under Rodriguez's helm.
In 2011, a pledge from a private foundation allowed Apicha to open a Trans Health and Wellness Clinic, further extending help to the growing transgender community.
Indeed, the organization now known as Apicha Community Health Center (ACHC) has of late been the recipient of generous grants, including one for $6 million from the New York State Department of Health in 2013.
A health center in the Philippines a la Apicha is not far-fetched, she says, but it must be done by someone who truly understands the Philippines and can navigate the health and political terrain in the country.