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An HIV organization is showing support for Gena Tew, the Instagram model who learned she had AIDS after 10 years without testing.

The 27-year-old revealed her decade-long battle with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in a TikTok post.

In the video, Gena said she didn't know she had AIDS until a doctor told her after she complained of unexplained weight loss, nausea and vomiting, and extreme fatigue.

In an interview with TMZ, Gena said she's blind in one eye and she is unable to walk without assistance due to wasting syndrome, an AIDS-defined illness.

The model, who attended parties with Nick Cannon, Chris Brown, and Chief Keef, said she informed her sex partners about her diagnosis and they all tested negative.

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She refused to name them to protect their privacy, but she denied having sex with Brown or Cannon.

After reading about her situation, an HIV organization reached out to Gena on Twitter to offer support.

Let's Beehive is an Orlando-based organization that provides innovative HIV/AIDS health education workshops and prevention programs for children and adults to increase HIV awareness, according to their Twitter page.

Let's Beehive is an acronym that means "Let's Be HIV Educated." It is not associated with singer Beyonce's fanbase that calls themselves the "BeyHive."

The company tweeted:

"We are sending our love, thoughts, and prayers to @GenaTew. Thank you for your amazing courage and strength. You are not alone sis! Your story is increasing HIV awareness and helping more women and girls get tested and knowing their status. We are here for you [bee emoji] #letsbeehive [heart emoji]."

In a follow-up tweet, they wrote: "We love you @GenaTew. Don't let them #breakyoursoul. We are here for you! #letsbeehive."

The tweet referenced Beyonce's new single "Break My Soul" off her new album, Renaissance.

A GoFundMe account has raised over $10,000 for Gena's medical bills and to help her move closer to her late sister's family.

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President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 again, he announced in a tweet on Saturday.

Biden tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, days after he tested negative twice for the virus.

Biden, 79, says he has no symptoms, and he said he has a "rebound" case which he claims occurs "with a small minority of folks."

"I've got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me," the tweet said. "I'm still at work, and will be back on the road soon."

Biden was vaccinated and boosted 4 times prior to testing positive for COVID twice in one month.

According to health experts, people with suppressed immune systems are re-infected in so-called "breakthrough" cases.

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An Instagram model's battle with AIDS leaves Chris Brown's fans worried about his health. Gena Tew, 27, shared a TikTok post detailing her battle with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Gena said she didn't know she had AIDS until a doctor informed her after she experienced unexplained weight loss, nausea and vomiting and extreme fatigue.

She tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and her weight loss was due to wasting syndrome - one of the so-called AIDS-defining illnesses. Her condition is so debilitating that she is unable to walk without assistance.

Gena believes she was infected with the HIV virus when she was 17. She doesn't know who infected her.

Gena was once a popular Instagram model who traveled in the same circles as hip-hop stars Chris Brown, Nick Cannon and KanYE West, among others.

According to public health officials, 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV or AIDS.

Doctors and coroners stopped listing AIDS as a cause of death in the mid-1990s due to the stigma. Which means the true number of AIDS-related deaths in America will probably never be known.

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An Instagram model's battle with AIDS has shaken the hip-hop community. Gena Tew revealed her decade-long battle with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in a TikTok post.

In the video, Gena said she didn't know she had AIDS until she went to a doctor after experiencing unexplained weight loss, nausea and vomiting, and extreme fatigue.

She said the doctor tested her for HIV and the test came back positive. She was diagnosed with AIDS - the advanced stage of HIV infection. Her white blood cell count was low and she had wasting syndrome, also referred to as an "AIDS-defining illness."

Gena, 27, said she weighs just 70 pounds and is unable to walk without assistance.

The NY-based IG model and reality TV personality was once a regular at private parties thrown by Chris Brown, Nick Cannon, among others.

She said she doesn't know who infected her with the HIV virus.

Health officials urge celebrities who may have been intimate with Gena in the past to get HIV tested.

More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV. The cases are rising, particularly in San Francisco, NY and Atlanta, according to health officials.

Even though AIDS is the end stage of HIV infection, AIDS illnesses can be treated with HIV drugs, antivirals, antibiotics and antifungals.

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Two children in the US - one in California - have been diagnosed with monkeypox, an infectious virus similar to smallpox.

Both cases are "likely the result of household transmission" and "had no contact with each other," the Centers for Disease Control said in a statement.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said both children live with gay men.

"Both of those children are traced back to individuals who come from the men who have sex with men community," said Walensky (see video below).

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The monkeypox infection rate in the U.S. is highest in the gay and bisexual community among men who have sex with men.

Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is not a gay disease.

Monkeypox infects adults with compromised immune systems, such as people who are diagnosed with HIV and AIDS, type 1 diabetes, Lupus, or people taking chemotherapy and other drugs.

Compromised immunity means an immune system that isn't functioning properly and does not protect against infection.

Monkeypox also infects pregnant women who may be temporarily immunosuppressed du to gestational diabetes, and babies and toddlers who do not have fully developed immune systems yet.

Monkeypox cases are rising in Atlanta, Georgia where more than 50% of gay males are infected with the HIV virus and have suppressed immune systems.

Monkeypox is spread through skin to skin contact and possibly through airborne droplets.

The virus is spread among people with weak immune systems and babies who don't have fully developed immune systems.

Monkeypox is not a fatal disease. Only 5 deaths have been recorded outside of the US. None in the US.

Even if your immune system is strong, stay vigilant, wash your hands and don't touch your face.

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A case of the dreaded Poliomyelitis, a.k.a polio, was discovered in New York City recently.

The man is paralyzed and his paralysis is irreversible, according to NY state health officials.

State officials say the unvaccinated man had a vaccine-derived strain of the virus, meaning he contracted polio from someone who received the live vaccine in another country.

Polio was once a fearsome disease that caused thousands of cases of partial or complete paralysis in adults and children annually in the U.S. and around the world.

The disease is rarely fatal, but it caused deformities in adults and children, leaving many patients with one leg shorter than the other.

Polio vaccines became widely available in the 1950s when Dr. Jonas Salk developed the Salk vaccine which contained dead virus in injectable form.

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An oral polio vaccine for children was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin and licensed in 1962. The Sabin vaccine contained live but weakened virus.

A single dose of Sabin's oral polio vaccine produced immunity to all three poliovirus strains.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) commissioned a poster featuring the "Wellbee," a national symbol of public health, encouraging children to get the oral polio vaccine.

Distribution of oral polio vaccine in the U.S. ended in 1979 when it was believed the disease was wiped out.

But sporadic cases of polio have popped up here and there in the U.S. and other countries where the disease is endemic.

When a polio case pops up in the U.S., the patient is quarantined and their contacts are tested to make sure the virus doesn't spread.

Approximately 70% of polio cases are asymptomatic (no symptoms). Some patients complain of muscle weakness and extreme fatigue, sore throat and fever, headache, neck stiffness, and numbness and tingling in extremities.

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Cases of Monkeypox have exploded due to close contact among men who have sex with men (MSM) in gay bathhouses.

Men who have sex with men comprise the vast majority of monkeypox cases in this unprecedented outbreak, NBC News reports.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recorded 6,924 confirmed monkeypox cases in the global outbreak, the majority have occurred among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, the CDC reports.

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Skin-to-skin contact during sex is likely the primary driver of the virus's global spread thus far.

Bathhouses and gay sex clubs are breeding grounds for the virus, experts say.

NBC News spoke with 18 gay men who contracted monkeypox after having sex in sex clubs in New York and Europe.

The men described signs and symptoms including skin lesions, headaches, and debilitating pain.

"The thought of a full three-week quarantine is pretty scary," said John, 32, from New York City. He believes he contracted monkeypox after he hooked up with a man during Los Angeles's Pride events. "I'm just feeling disappointed and bummed out. It was a bummer to miss celebrating Pride" in New York.

"I feel like this is something that's about to hit pretty hard," John said. "It's on us to look after our own."

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Over 200 people are being monitored for monkeypox infections in Massachusetts, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

The CDC confirmed more than 200 people are being tracked in Massachusetts after coming in physical contact with the first confirmed case in the U.S.

The news comes days after health experts said monkeypox will not become a pandemic like Covid-19.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes (in neck, armpits and groin areas. Symptoms are followed by blisters that pop and crust over.

Blisters in the groin area are usually the first sign of monkeypox infections.

The CDC issued a level-2 travel alert on Monday, May 23, advising people to "practice enhanced precautions" — and warning that it might be fatal in 1% to 11% of people who become infected.

Health experts say the new strain of monkeypox virus may be transmitted sexually.

"Some cases were reported among men who have sex with men," the CDC said after health officials in Europe linked 89 monkeypox cases to sexual activity at festivals in Europe.

The CDC emphasized the need to "avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions" — as well as avoiding "contact with dead or live wild animals."




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The United Nations issued a warning that "homophobic and racist" language used in news reports on monkeypox cases jeopardizes public health.

As previously reported, 89 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Europe are all men who have sex with men (MSM).

Dr. Amesh Adalia, of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says "monkeypox is not a threat to the general public. This is something we've dealt with before."

He added, "What's interesting about this outbreak that's occurring now is it's transmitting person to person with people who haven't been to any of the endemic areas in Africa - haven't had contact with animals. So, we've got epidemiological work to do to halt this outbreak. It's not something that has pandemic potential..."

Dr. Adalia seemed to confirm that monkeypox only affects a certain group of people through person to person contact.

However, UNAIDS says pointing out any link to the gay community and monkeypox transmission causes "stigma" and will have a "devastating effect" on the public's response to the outbreak.

"Stigma and blame undermine trust and capacity to respond effectively during outbreaks like this one," Matthew Kavanagh, UNAIDS deputy executive director, said Sunday in a statement.

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UNAIDS, which was launched in 1996 as a global response to the AIDS epidemic, is now urging media outlets to report on the spread of monkeypox "with a rights-based, evidence-based approach that avoids stigma."

According to UNAIDS, the decades long fight to end AIDS round the world — "show that stigma and blame directed at certain groups of people can rapidly undermine outbreak response."

"Stigma hurts everyone. Shared science and social solidarity help everyone," said Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh reiterated that "this disease can affect anyone" and he thanked members of the LGBTQ community "for having led the way on raising awareness."

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Health officials in 16 countries are "alarmed" at the number of new cases of a novel strain of monkeypox virus.

16 countries - including the United States, England, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Denmark have confirmed monkeypox infections among gay and bisexual men.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes (in neck, armpits and groin areas. Symptoms are followed by itchy blisters that burst and crust over.
 
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Health officials are "alarmed" at the "unprecedented" clusters of cases, which disproportionately affect men in the LGBT community.

Denmark is the latest to confirm a case in a man who recently returned from Spain.

The CDC first detected cluster cases of monkeypox virus in the United States in 2003. But the recent outbreaks are caused by a new strain that is spreading rapidly by sexual contact.

Despite the increase in cases, health experts insist monkeypox won't spiral out of control like Covid-19, which shut down the world in 2020.

Through the first months of 2020, more than 4,500 monkeypox cases and 171 deaths have been tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"The cases currently being detected are among those engaging in sexual activity, and the symptoms are unfamiliar to many," the WHO said in a statement.

EU health authorities are telling member states to prepare monkeypox vaccine plan.

No monkeypox virus exists, however, smallpox vaccine is reportedly 85% effective against monkeypox.

The White House said smallpox vaccines are on stockpile from previous monkeypox outbreaks. No mandatory lockdowns or other prevention measures are planned in the US.

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Belgium became the first country to order a mandatory 21-day quarantine for men infected with the deadly monkeypox virus.

"Those infected with the monkey pox virus must be in isolation for 21 days," the Dutch publication Standaard reported.

Belgium ordered the lockdown after the country hosted a massive gay pride festival attended by an estimated 80,000 men in Antwerp.

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More than 100,000 people celebrated the annual Pride Parade in the streets of Brussels on May 21, 2022.

On Monday, Britain became the second country to introduce mandatory 21-day lockdowns.

Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) is issuing quarantine guidance to 11 more countries where monkeypox cases have popped up.

As previously reported, 89 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Europe are all men who have sex with men (MSM).

The Gran Canaria pride festival, held between May 5 and May 15, has been labeled a "superspreader" event after attendees traveled, spreading the virus worldwide.

"The Gran Canarian pride festival attended by 80,000 from Britain and across Europe is being investigated after being linked to numerous monkeypox cases in Madrid, Italy and Tenerife," the Daily Mail reported.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes (in neck, armpits and groin areas. Symptoms are followed by blisters that pop and crust over.

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The viral disease is believed to be spread to humans by domestic prairie dogs and other exotic animals being kept as household pets.

Since 2020, the WHO tracked 4,500 cases and 171 deaths attributed to monkeypox.

Three cases of the new strain have been confirmed in the US. Additionally, a White House official warned Sunday that more cases would likely emerge.

The White House official said no quarantine or other extreme measures are planned.

Health officials say monkeypox infection can be prevented by vaccines stockpiled from previous outbreaks.

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Hair and makeup artist Marc Pilcher died unexpectedly of breakthrough Covid-19 on Sunday. He was 53.

Pilcher had no pre-existing conditions and was fully vaccinated when he died, according to his agency Curtis Brown.

His family told Variety in a statement via Curtis Brown:

"It is with the deepest of hearts we confirm that Marc Elliot Pilcher, Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award winning hair and makeup designer/stylist, passed away after a battle with Covid-19 on Sunday 3rd October 2021."

Pilcher recently won the Creative Emmy Award for hairstyling on Sept. 11 for his work on Netflix's "Bridgerton."

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Despite the fact that Pilcher was vaccinated, his colleague Nicola Coughlan (pictured with Regé-Jean Page), tweeted:

"It's a tragedy that he's been taken so young when he had so much yet to do. Please also use this as a reminder that Covid is still a very real and present danger, please get vaccinated and mask up to protect yourself and others."

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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is monitoring more than 200 people in 27 states who may have been exposed to a man infected with monkeypox.

The CDC is working to evaluate individuals who came into contact with the man who returned to Atlanta from Lagos, Nigeria. The man then departed Atlanta on a flight to Dallas, Texas, where he tested positive for the monkeypox virus.

"While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a press release.

Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 at a research facility where monkeys were housed for research.

The CDC first detected cluster cases of monkeypox virus in the United States in 2003. Approximately 20 cases of monkeypox were reported in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana in 2003.

The viral disease was thought to be spread to humans by domestic prairie dogs being kept as household pets.

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Tammy Kauter, of Dorchester, Wisconsin, contracted the monkeypox virus from one of her 2 pet prairie dogs. She is pictured with her family and pet, Chuckles, on June 9, 2003.

The sick prairie dog died but Tammy kept Chuckles because it was thought she was immune after recovering from the virus and couldn't contract the disease again.

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The number of fully vaccinated New York Yankees players who tested positive for Covid-19 now stands at 8.

The Yankees are dismayed that players continue to test positive for the virus even though they are all fully vaccinated.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of Wednesday's starting lineup against Tampa Bay after testing positive again. Torres previously tested positive for Covid-19 in December and is fully vaccinated.

Manager Aaron Boone shared a Torres update on Wednesday. He said members of the Yankees' traveling party have been tested at least three times each since Tuesday.

"I know everybody is going to read into that but hopefully it's nothing, it's more just getting all the information," Boone said of Torres.

Boone said the Yankees expect to receive an update about Torres on Wednesday night.

"We've been dealing with this thing now for over a year," said Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon. "We're just going to roll with the punches and try to protect each other, and do our responsibility to keep everyone safe. But we're here and we're to play."

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State health officials say 246 Michigan residents contracted Covid-19 after they were fully vaccinated. The residents contracted the coronavirus between January and March. Three people died, as a result.

"These are individuals who have had a positive test 14 or more days after the last dose in the vaccine series," said Lynn Sutfin, a spokesperson for the state health department.

Health officials say fully vaccinated people can still contract the virus. A study is ongoing to determine whether fully vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others.

"While it is significantly less likely, it is still possible to contract the virus after being vaccinated," Sutfin told MSN. "Studies indicate that even if vaccinated people do become ill, they are far less likely to experience severe illness requiring hospitalization or resulting in death.

The CDC and Sutfin recommends wearing face masks and socially distancing for those who've received the vaccine.

"[T]he possibility of infection and further transmission is why we continue to encourage Michiganders to take precautions while out in public, including wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing, even after receiving the vaccine until more Michiganders have been able to be vaccinated."

Suftin said the three fully vaccinated people who died were all ages 65 and older. Two of them were within three weeks of receiving their second dose of mRNA vaccine.