Rugby legend Gareth Thomas has shown he’s living with HIV, having retained the diagnosis a secret for years, but states he had been forced to inform people.
The 45-year-old became the first UK sportsman to disclose he’s the virus through an interview with the Sunday Mirror – until showing in a movie on his Twitter webpage he had been”forced” to make the admission.
In the movie he states:”I need to share my secret with you. Why? As it’s mine to inform. Until I do not the evils threatening to tell you.
“Now although I have been made to inform you this, I opt to struggle to instruct.”
Talking to the Sunday Mirror, he stated he’d felt”shame” on the identification and was suicidal at a single stage.
“I had a panic people would judge me and treat me like a leper due to a lack of knowledge,” he said.
“I was in a dark place, feeling dizzy. I thought about driving off a cliff.”
League celebrity and the former Wales rugby union came out becoming the first British rugby international to do.
Describing the day he received the diagnosis, Thomas stated:”I will never forget the minute I discovered. I went to get a sexual health evaluation at a private clinic in Cardiff.
“I’d had the evaluations every now and again and they would always come back fine. I didn’t feel ill and that I thought everything was going to be fine.
“The girl who did the test required blood as normal, then I went outside to my car and waited for about an hour before going back to get my results.
“When I moved back in, I sat down on a seat near a physician’s bench. She informed me in a quite matter-of-fact way I’d tested HIV positive”
The rugby superstar said he immediately”broke down” and”believed I was going to die”, adding:”I felt like the express train was hitting on me at 300mph.”
Mr Thomas currently takes one tablet containing four medications a day and his state is”imperceptible” – meaning it cannot be passed on.
After being diagnosed his husband Stephen, that he met, does not have HIV.
About 101,600 people in the united kingdom live with HIV however there’s still a great deal of stigma around the disease.
When it isn’t treated HIV will progress to AIDS, should they undergo treatment, but patients in wealthy countries do not develop AIDS.
Thomas said:”Lots of men and women live in shame and fear of getting HIV, but I refuse to be one of these now. We will need to break the stigma once and for all.
“I’m speaking out because I’d like to help other people and make a difference”
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