An Instagram model, who allegedly had relationships with several celebrities, recently revealed that she was diagnosed with AIDS, Sportskeeda reports. The model, Gena Tew, shared her emotional journey with the virus in multiple TikTok videos.
Tew explained in a TikTok video that she unknowingly had the virus and only recently discovered she was a carrier, Urban Islandz reports. The model, who said she was extremely sick when doctors discovered the virus, added that she doesn’t know how she got it but was told she’s likely had the condition for eight to 10 years.
The 27-year-old model said she believes she contracted the virus when she was around 17 to 19 years old.
“In that time frame, I was living New York City and was homeless, I did get raped a couple of times but it’s not something I like to talk about, I have had a couple free tattoos so it could have been a dirty needle, I don’t know. Do I know any one of those people? No. Did I say anything when those things happened? No. Because I was naive and I was stupid and I was young,” she said in a TikTok video, Urban Islandz reports.
Tew has opened up about how difficult it has been since her diagnosis.
“I got so weak in the first days of knowing I had AIDS. … I could barely focus and strained to talk,” she wrote in the caption of one of her videos.