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US NewsA journalist told Gareth Thomas’ parents about his HIV status before he did: ‘I can never take that moment back’

14:15  18 september  2019
14:15  18 september  2019 Source:   pinknews.co.uk

Gareth Thomas reveals he is HIV positive and has been living in fear

Gareth Thomas reveals he is HIV positive and has been living in fear The former captain of the Wales rugby team says he's been living in fear of his 'secret' coming out and wanted to be the person to reveal the news

Former rugby player Gareth Thomas has revealed a journalist broke the news he had HIV to his parents before he had spoken to them about I can never , ever, ever have that moment back with my mother and father of sitting down and telling them something so personal to me ," he told BBC

Gareth Thomas ’s decision to reveal he is living with HIV will have a “massive impact” in helping to dispel myths and stigma around the condition, the head of the Terrence Higgins Trust has said. The former Wales and British Lions rugby captain revealed on Sunday that he tested as HIV positive a

Watch: Gareth Thomas gets emotional as he talks about why he kept his HIV status a secret (Evening Standard)Gareth Thomas has revealed the pain he felt finding out a journalist had told his own parents about his HIV status before he did.

The former Wales captain candidly told BBC Radio 5 Live today that opening up about living with HIV to his family is a moment he can have back.

“That person came and took that moment away from me,” he said.

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Gareth Thomas teared up as he recalled a journalist telling his parents he was HIV positive, explaining he ‘ I can never take that moment back , that person came and took that moment away from me . Gareth spoke out about his diagnosis for the first time over the weekend, explaining he

She told the outlet: “Very quickly you could tell that [one of the men] had noticed that I am trans. “ He started calling me all kind of slurs and homophobic and transphobic things. A journalist told Gareth Thomas ’ parents about his HIV status before he did : ‘ I can never take that moment back ’.

A journalist told Gareth Thomas’ parents about his HIV status before he did: ‘I can never take that moment back’ © Provided by PinkNews Media Group Between leaping into the arms of his husband and receiving the support from Prince Harry, Thomas has jumped on the airwaves of several outlets to encourage discussions about living with HIV.

But while many HIV organisations and sports personalities have welcomed Thomas’ willingness to do so, how the 45-year-old was forced to come out as living with HIV because a tabloid threatened him remains a point of contention.

Gareth Thomas: “I can never have that time back to sit down with them.”

Thomas has not named the journalist or publication, and today spoke about the impact a journalist informing his parents of his status has had on him and his family.

“They love me, they love me whatever,” he said.

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Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive, saying he wants to "break the stigma" around the condition. He said he wants to show how people with HIV are misrepresented as "walking around with walking sticks who are close to dying".

Gareth Thomas ’s decision to reveal he is living with HIV will have a “massive impact” in helping to By speaking openly, Thomas said he hopes to educate and empower others in the same position. He approached the Trust six months ago asking it to take part in a BBC Wales documentary which is

“It’s just, I can never have that time back to sit down with them and be able to explain to them why their son is going to be OK and be able to live through this and have a healthy normal life.

“I can never take that moment back. That person came and took that moment away from me.

“My parents will say they’re fine because they’re my parents, but I can’t tell you how they really felt because I can’t imagine how that would feel.”

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Thomas then asks host Nicky Campbell whether he has children – he does – to which, Thomas asks them: “Can you imagine someone coming into your door and saying something personal, so intrusive to you about the thing, and the person, you would love and protect through anything.

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Rugby legend Gareth Thomas today reveals his torment after keeping his HIV positive diagnosis a “Your history suddenly becomes very relevant and you have a duty of care to tell them. I did it over Gareth Thomas has ‘come out’ about his HIV because he wants what all of us living with it want

Britain's Prince Harry has thrown his support behind Gareth Thomas , after the Welsh rugby star was forced On Saturday night, Thomas posted a video on Twitter in which he spoke about his condition for the He said that while the admission made him "extremely vulnerable," it did not make him weak.

“Could you imagine how that would feel? I can’t.

“All I can tell you,” he said as his voice crackled, “is that I have the best parents on this planet because, to this day, they stand by me and believe in me.

“They believe in what I’m doing now.”

Thomas just wanted to “protect” his parents.

Moreover, Thomas said the journalist is a “person who has put [his parents] through a lot” and that he wanted to “protect them” from the after-shocks of being outed.

When Campbell asked Thomas what he would say to the journalist if they were tuning in now, he said: “I’m not a hateful person.

A journalist told Gareth Thomas’ parents about his HIV status before he did: ‘I can never take that moment back’ © Provided by PinkNews Media Group Former Wales international rugby player Gareth Thomas stands at the side of the pitch during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Fulham FC at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Athena Pictures/Getty)

“I struggle to find hate and I believe in empathy and trying to understand.

“I would like to see these people be able to be strong enough and turn around and say, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry I shouldn’t have done it.’

“And then I can forgive and move on,” Thomas said.

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Gareth Thomas revealed he is living with HIV in brave announcement on Sunday. Gareth Thomas is pictured on This Morning today telling Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about his ‘ I ’m not afraid anymore - I did a freaking Ironman yesterday.' Mr Thomas completed the challenge in Tenby

Gareth Thomas was cheered by spectators as he took on the gruelling Ironman challenge in He found out that he was HIV positive after he went for a routine sexual health test at a clinic in Cardiff. "People will rally around him in the same way they did when he talked about his sexuality 10 years

Journalist telling Thomas’ parents his HIV status is “totally unacceptable,” say HIV advocates.

Furthermore, HIV advocate and co-founder of I Was PrEP Now Greg Owens condemned the actions of the journalist, emphasising the psychological impact being outed can have on someone living with HIV.

“What Gareth reports is deeply upsetting and totally unacceptable,” he told PinkNews. “A HIV diagnosis is an incredibly personal thing.

“A person living with HIV should always be in control of who they choose to tell and when. No one has the right to remove that choice.

“The implications are much wider here too. We know Gareth struggled with his mental health and had dark times. The health and well-being of the person should always be a priority and take precedence.

“It can be a huge relief for some people to be open about their HIV status but only when they feel ready and supported and it’s safe to do so.

“Gareth is now owning his story by showing the world that he is living life to the full and HIV is not going to stop him in any way.”

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