On Monday, 27-year-old Instagram model Gena Tew revealed on social media her experience navigating her AIDS diagnosis. She has received an outpour of love since the announcement.
The model has been linked to celebrities like Nick Cannon, Dave East, and Chris Brown, however refuses to expose those she’s been with sexually.
In the viral video, Tew shares her story, still unknowing of how she contracted the disease. She goes on to say that doctors estimated she’d been living with the virus for about eight to 10 years due to the gravity of her body’s deterioration, to the point of death.
“I do not know who gave it to me or where I got it, how I got it,” she starts the video. “All I know is because I was so sick to the point of death, that they said I had to have had it for eight to 10 years.”
#answer to @mantonioyo how did i get aids.. well #fyp #aids #letstalk #naturalhair
? original sound – Gena Tew
She goes on, “And in that time frame, I was living in New York City and I was homeless. I did get raped a couple of times, not something I like to talk about,” she shared. “I have had a couple free tattoos, so it could have been a dirty needle, I don’t know. Do I know those people? No. Did I say anything when those things happened? No. Because I was naive, and I was stupid, and I was young.”
I lost all my muscle and strength due to immune system, aids and being in a hospital bed for so long..#fyp #therepy #pain #aids #anorexic
? Night Trouble – Petit Biscuit
In prior videos, she talked about how she even found out she was sick. During a checkup at a hospital, a doctor asked her if she knew she had AIDS. That’s how she found out.
“I lost a lot of weight because I was in the hospital, I don’t know what happened…” Tew said. “From losing all that weight, I lost mobility in my legs, so I can’t walk or stand right now. But I do my therapy every day and I do take my pills every day like I’m supposed to. I take five pills a day.”
@genatew2 You ask and you shall receive.. #aids #health #fyp ? original sound – Gena Tew
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