Blessed with beauty and bodacious body parts,
Playboy Playmate (September 1986) Rebekka
Armstrongs early misfortunes were
born of the fact no one pointed out those blessings to her. She
spent her youth chasing phantoms through crystal methedrin escapes,
wearing out her body and spirit.
When Armstrong has a child, she will teach him or her: One, the
importance of an education; two the importance of life-skills; and
three, the dangers of drugs and unprotected sex. I refuse
to go by Nancy Reagans Just Say No advice. Kids
are sponges and want as much information as they can get.
Until then, Armstrong is strong-arming youth nationwide with those
three tenets. Whats a former Playboy Princess doing preaching
such gospel? Well, Rebekka is HIV-positive.
Low self-esteem, peer pressure, wanting
someone to love and accept me, thats how it happened,
she explains. Armstrong was diagnosed three years after her turn
in Playboys pages and thereafter lived a life that was killing
her. I wanted to stay awake because I thought I was dying.
Which was true, but not for the reasons she thought. A failed suicide
attempt propelled Rebekka into the maw of the American medical establishment,
where she began a slow climb out of her private hell. The self-styled
AIDS activist, safer sex/HIV/AIDS educator and certified phlebologist
says shes living clean and setting an example. Its
a powerful message to other women with HIV that you can live a healthy
life, still feel sexy, and still have sex.
see also www.rebekkaarmstrong.com°