An Instagram model linked to several celebrities nearly died of AIDS after not being tested for nearly a decade, according to another tik tok video.
Gina Teo, who has been seen in the past with the likes of Nick Cannon, Chris Brown and Chef Keefe, spoke about her experience in a video posted on Monday, telling her followers she doesn’t know when or how she contracted the virus. But she notes that her doctor said it should have been in her system for at least eight to 10 years.
Untested in 8-10 years, almost died from the virus
She also revealed that she had not been tested during that entire time period, only being tested after her symptoms had become noticeably debilitating.
Teo has hesitantly admitted that she was raped multiple times when she was homeless and living in New York City, and hinted that this was the likely cause of her injury.
The heavily inked IG form added that she also received several free tattoos, with the blood-borne disease known to spread through needles.
“Could it be a dirty needle? I don’t know. Do I know these people? No. Did I say anything when these things happened? No. Because I was naive and I was stupid and I was young.”
Weight dropped to 65 pounds, lost the ability to walk and was blinded in one eye
The 27-year-old said she lost a lot of weight from the virus, at one point dropping to 65 pounds. She said she had to undergo physical therapy just to get her body back into serviceable shape.
Depending on her age, she should have had AIDS between the ages of 17 and 19, according to her doctor’s assessment.
“I was very weak in the early days of knowing I had AIDS… I could barely concentrate and tense up to speak,” she captioned a video, which showed her looking gaunt in a hospital bed.
She also lost the sight in one of her eyes and the ability to walk due to the virus, but with physical therapy she has since regained movement on her own.
Modeling and singing are a marginalized profession due to the virus
Modeled for The Cover magazine in 2015, Tew is also a singer by trade. She has covered songs like Adele’s “Hello” and released Alina Baraz’s “Electric Song” in early 2018.
The Brooklyn-based model, known for her distinctive throat tattoo, had previously booked big gigs with retailer Dolls Kill, according to a 2018 profile by Inked Magazine.
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