Former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas publically admits to having HIV

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Thomas who is a former Wales and British and Irish Lions captain has recently revealed that he is HIV positive status. Several years ago Thomas was applauded for his decision to come out as the first openly gay professional rugby player.

Thomas was forced to reveal his HIV positive status due to alleged blackmail he was subject to by members of the media who somehow managed to find out that he has been living with the condition.

Thomas hopes that his decision to go public about his health condition will help to lessen the stigma surrounding HIV and aids. Thankfully Thomas, like the millions of others who are availing of treatment for HIV has reached 'undetectable levels' of the infection. This means that the patient cannot transmit the virus to others, can have children and can expect to live a long and healthy life.

Rugby legend Gareth Thomas reveals HIV positive status after 'blackmail threat'
 


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Thomas who is a former Wales and British and Irish Lions captain has recently revealed that he is HIV positive status. Several years ago Thomas was applauded for his decision to come out as the first openly gay professional rugby player.

Thomas was forced to reveal his HIV positive status due to alleged blackmail he was subject to by members of the media who somehow managed to find out that he has been living with the condition.

Thomas hopes that his decision to go public about his health condition will help to lessen the stigma surrounding HIV and aids. Thankfully Thomas, like the millions of others who are availing of treatment for HIV has reached 'undetectable levels' of the infection. This means that the patient cannot transmit the virus to others, can have children and can expect to live a long and healthy life.

Rugby legend Gareth Thomas reveals HIV positive status after 'blackmail threat'
Bizarre that it's still even considered an issue, let alone something worthy of 'blackmail' if that is the case. In cases like this it's roughly the equivalent of having high blood pressure, treated.
 

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Bizarre that it's still even considered an issue, let alone something worthy of 'blackmail' if that is the case. In cases like this it's roughly the equivalent of having high blood pressure, treated.
Of course, it's an issue there is a huge stigma surrounding HIV/Aids.

Charlie Sheen was blackmailed for millions over the same issue.
 

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I do think it was an excellent move to tell the world the same day he completed an Iron man competition.

Essentially it became a 'Former sporting hero has chronic but managed medical condition'...

It's not exactly sensational
 

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What a brave man. If you don't feel anything looking at that vid you're lacking soul.
 

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He wouldnt have said it if he hadn’t been blackmailed. Gays are promiscuous and the disease started with them (see 1970s New York) so I’m not surprised.
 

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Most probably from gay sex. It has a number of high risks associated wih it.
Well these days HIV is no longer a death sentence like it was in the 1980s. Anti-retroviral drugs means in health terms a carrier can live a normal lifespan, although I still think HIV+ people face many non fatal challenges.

Its horrible that someone was blackmailing him and that he has been forced to reveal something so personal. The UK tabloid press has not covered itself in glory with its handling of sensitive issues, as the collapse of the News of the World shows.
 

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I think we all know how he got it.

The same way the vast majority of other gay men get it....

Surely the Medical Profession should be warning them

- just don't do it..... 🤪
Ultimately colonialism is to blame, as the HIV virus is believed to have originated in Africa, possibly from Europeans eating ape meat. Where did HIV come from? | The AIDS Institute

We know from the experience of BSE, which was caused in part by feeding cattle offal originating from bovine body parts, that eating closely related species is dangerous.
 


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