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Miss World visits Russia in support of UNAIDS mission

"I know how important it is for the world to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This goal may seem ambitious, but if each of us does what depends on us – to start with, to learn our HIV status – then we will succeed", said Mireia Lalaguna, Miss World 2015.



During her first visit to Russia, Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Miss World 1st runner-up Sofia Nikitchuk called for the UNAIDS “90-90-90 Strategy” to become the new standard for health and beauty. Together they were tested for HIV in Moscow, and they called for everyone who cares about their health and the health of their loved ones to do the same.



They were met by UNAIDS Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Vinay P. Saldanha, who outlined the UNAIDS mission and took the ladies on a tour of the facilities used in the fight against HIV.

The UNAIDS 90-90-90 target aims to ensure that by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of people who are diagnosed with HIV will access antiretroviral treatment, and 90% of people on treatment will achieve viral suppression.



According to Steve Douglas, representative of the Miss World Organization, “Miss World is a contest that promotes ‘Beauty with a Purpose.’ As the AIDS epidemic is a global challenge faced by almost every country, including Russia, we are proud to be here in Moscow to support the important message about HIV testing as the first step towards 90-90-90”.

"I am proud to join the efforts of organizations and people in Russia and around the world who are working together to end the AIDS epidemic", said Sofia Nikitchuk, Miss Russia 2015, 1st Vice-Miss World 2015.

As part of the visit, Mireia and Sofia took part in an HIV test, something UNAIDS are promoting as an important step to combat HIV.


Source: MISS WORLD

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