Gena Tew, who has been noticed previously with the likes of Nick Cannon, Chris Brown, and Chief Keef, spoke about her experiences in a video posted on Monday, telling her followers that she doesn’t know when or how she contracted the virus however famous her physician mentioned it needed to have been in her system for at the least eight to 10 years.
Hadn’t Been Examined In 8-10 Years, Practically Died From The Virus
She additionally revealed she hadn’t gotten examined throughout that complete time interval, and solely bought examined as soon as the signs turned noticeably debilitating.
Tew did hesitantly admit that she had been raped a number of occasions when she was homeless and dwelling in New York Metropolis, and hinted at that being the possible explanation for her an infection.
The closely inked IG mannequin added that she had additionally acquired a number of free tattoos, with the blood-borne sickness identified for being unfold by needles.
“Might it have been a unclean needle? I don’t know. Do I do know these folks? No. Did I say something when these issues occurred? No. As a result of I used to be naive and I used to be silly and I used to be younger.”
Weight Dropped To 65 Kilos, Misplaced Potential To Stroll And Blinded In One Eye
The 27-year-old additionally mentioned she misplaced quite a lot of weight from the virus, at one level getting right down to as little as 65 kilos. She needed to bear bodily remedy simply to get her physique again into serviceable form, she mentioned.
Based mostly on her age, she will need to have contracted AIDS between the ages of 17 and 19, in accordance with her physician’s evaluation.
“I bought so weak within the first days of understanding I had AIDS… I may barely focus and strained to speak,” she captioned a video, which confirmed her trying gaunt in a hospital mattress.
She additionally misplaced sight in a single eye and the flexibility to stroll as a result of virus, nevertheless with bodily remedy she has since regained mobility on her personal.
Modeling, Singing Profession Sidelined Due To Virus
Tew modeled for The Cowl journal again in 2015, and can be a singer by commerce. She’s lined such songs as Adele’s “Whats up” and launched a rendition of Alina Baraz’s “Electrical Tune” in early 2018.
The Brooklyn primarily based mannequin, who’s identified for her distinctive throat tattoo, had beforehand booked large gigs with retailer Dolls Kill, in accordance with a 2018 profile by Inked Journal.
These occupied with getting examined for AIDS and HIV can find testing facilities nationwide right here.