Supermodel Dayana Mendoza is one of the most beautiful women in the world, winning Miss Universe back in 2008, as well as going on to appear on the hit television series Celebrity Apprentice. While she has a lot of things to be proud of, one of the things she is most proud of, is her Latino heritage.
It is for that reason that Dayana Mendoza recently spoke about the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, admitting that she believes that it is extremely important to have HIV testing in the Latino community, to help prevent the infection from spreading further.
Mendoza explained, "It depends on the family you grew up in, Latinos are very conservative sometimes and we don't really talk about sex and preventing sexually transmitted diseases."
And when you like at the information, it is easy to see why this is such a major concern. Reports show that "In 2009, Latinos accounted for 20 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Hispanic men made up 79 percent of these new infections, which is two and half times higher than white men. Hispanic women accounted for the remaining 21 percent, more than four times that of white women."
Dayana Mendoza is also working as a spokesperson for OraQuick, which is an over the counter home HIV test, which will take away some of the embarrassment and insecurities involved with the regular HIV tests.