Gena Tew: Instagram model recounts her near-death experience with AIDS

Gena Tew
Gena Tew

Gena Tew, an Instagram model associated with numerous celebrities, nearly died of AIDS after going untested for almost a decade, according to a recent TikTok video.

In a video released Monday, Gena Tew said she isn’t sure when or how she contracted the virus, but that her doctor told her the virus probably had been in her system for eight to ten years.

Also, she admitted she didn’t get tested during that period, but only got tested when her symptoms became noticeably debilitating.

Tew did hesitantly admit that she had been raped several times when she was homeless and living in New York City, and hinted at that being the likely cause of her infection.

The heavily inked IG model added that she had also received several free tattoos, with the blood-borne illness known for being spread through needles.

“Could it 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.”

According to, the 27-year-old also said she lost a lot of weight from the virus, at one point getting down to as low as 65 pounds. She had to undergo physical therapy just to get her body back into serviceable shape, she said.

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Based on her age, she must have contracted AIDS between the ages of 17 and 19, according to her doctor’s assessment.

She also lost sight in one eye and the ability to walk due to the virus, however with physical therapy she has since regained mobility on her own.

@genatew2 I got so weak in the first days of knowing I had aids..I could barely focuse and attained to talk..#fyp #aids #sick #weak #speakup ♬ original sound – Gena Tew


Gena Tew’s Career

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Tew modeled for The Cover magazine back in 2015, and is also a singer by trade.

She’s covered such songs as Adele’s “Hello” and released a rendition of Alina Baraz’s “Electric Song” in early 2018.

Among the celebrities she’s been linked to are Nick Cannon, Chris Brown, and Chief Keef.

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