- Name Rebekka Armstrong
- Birthdate February 20, 1967
- Residence Sherman Oaks, CA
- Playmate September, 1986
- HIV Diagnosis 1989
- Blog rebekkaarmstrong.com
Rebekka Armstrong is a Playboy Playmate™, whose announcement in 1994 that she was HIV-positive made international headlines. Along with Earvin "Magic" Johnson, she became one of the best-known public faces of heterosexual HIV transmission.
When Rebekka was 18 years old, she was featured as Playboy's Miss September 1986. During the next four years, she led an exciting life while traveling, modeling, and representing the organization in its many events. But she began to fatigue and bruise easily, and at the age of 22 was diagnosed with HIV.
Despite the stereotypical lives of Playmates, Rebekka contracted the virus from an act of unprotected sex when she was in high school. In 1994, after years of hiding the physical effects of the virus and the destructive emotional result of keeping her diagnosis secret, Rebekka made the decision to "go public" with her disease.
Refusing to live in the shadow of HIV/AIDS, Rebekka has dedicated herself over the past 18 years to preventing others from becoming infected. Her personal exposure is described as "one-of-a-kind", "honest", "extraordinary", "inspiring" and "powerful".