An Instagram model named Gena Tew dropped a bombshell about how she was diagnosed with AIDS recently. Although the social media influencer just learned about her health status, she doesn’t know how long she’s been carrying the virus!
In a Tik-Tok video, Tew explains how she learned about contracting AIDS.
The Cover Magazine model said,
“Everyone keeps asking how I got AIDS. I didn’t know I had AIDS. I just got sick one day, started fainting, fevers, then I got really weak. I was going to the doctors, and no one knew what was wrong. They just kept assuming cancer, cervical cancer, lesions, and then I had some doctor say ‘no you’re perfectly fine, there’s nothing wrong with you.'”
As the symptoms got worse, Tew became severely ill. Once she went to the doctor, they discovered that she had been harboring the virus for around eight to ten years. As for how she contracted the disease? Tew isn’t sure, but she’s made a few assumptions.
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“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 said. “I have had a couple of free tattoos, so it could’ve been a dirty needle. I don’t know. Do I know those people? No. Did I say anything when those things happened to me? [No.] Because I was naive, and I was stupid and I was young.”
If Tew hadn’t gone to the doctors at that moment, she would’ve died because her blood count was low.
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The socialite adds,
“I was getting blood bags, they was taking bone samples, they were doing a lot because I was so weak, still so weak. I think I have wasting syndrome. I’m not anorexic on purpose, but yeah I hope that answered a bunch of you guys’ questions.”
Tew shook several hands in the industry, including Chris Brown, Chief Keef, and Nick Cannon. She met Keef and Cannon during her birthday and Brown while modeling for his Black Pyramid clothing line in 2015.