#UK Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas DENIES infecting ex-partner with HIV #UKnews

#UK Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas DENIES infecting ex-partner with HIV #UKnews

Former Welsh rugby worldwide Gareth Thomas has denied allegations made within the High Court that he contaminated a former associate with HIV, Mail Plus has revealed.

The ex-Wales and Lions rugby captain was accused of ‘concealing’ his HIV-positive situation and failing ‘to take reasonable care’ to make sure he didn’t transmit the virus to 59-year-old Ian Baum.

HIV carriers could be charged with grievous bodily hurt in the event that they fail to declare their standing to potential sexual companions and cross on the an infection.

It comes three years after the rugby legend Gareth Thomas revealed he has been residing with HIV ‘for years’ – at occasions leaving him considering suicide. 

The Wales and British Lions star, who got here out as homosexual in 2009, stated he was revealing his analysis as a result of he wished to ‘make a distinction’ by serving to finish the stigma surrounding the virus.

He stated he had saved his HIV standing secret as a result of he feared folks would ‘deal with me like a leper’.

Thomas, 48, is the primary main British sports activities star to confess to being HIV-positive. 

He additionally instructed how he was threatened with blackmail, forcing him to inform his household of his HIV standing earlier than they heard it from another person.

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Rugby legend Gareth Thomas last night revealed he has been living with HIV 'for years'. He is pictured in a video he posted to Twitter last night about his condition

Rugby legend Gareth Thomas final night time revealed he has been residing with HIV ‘for years’. He is pictured in a video he posted to Twitter final night time about his situation 

Thomas played 100 times for Wales during his illustrious career before he retired from the game in 2011

Thomas performed 100 occasions for Wales throughout his illustrious profession earlier than he retired from the sport in 2011

Gareth married his childhood sweetheart Jemma in 2002 but came out as gay in 2009

Gareth married his childhood sweetheart Jemma in 2002 however got here out as homosexual in 2009

Thomas (pictured centre) is today taking part in the Wales Ironman competition in Tenby. He is pictured emerging from the water this morning after completing the gruelling 2.3-mile swim

Thomas (pictured centre) is immediately collaborating within the Wales Ironman competitors in Tenby. He is pictured rising from the water this morning after finishing the gruelling 2.3-mile swim 

He stated: ‘I’ve been residing with this secret for years. I’ve felt disgrace and maintaining such a giant secret has taken its toll. 

WHAT IS HIV?

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus which attacksthe immune system—the physique’s defence towards illnesses.

HIV stays within the physique for all times, however therapy can hold the virus below management and the immune system wholesome. Without treatment folks with HIV can develop AIDS.

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is essentially the most superior stage of an HIV an infection, when the immune system can now not combat infections.

Someone with AIDS has each HIV and a minimum of certainly one of a particular listing of ‘AIDS-defining’ illnesses, which embrace tuberculosis, pneumonia and a few forms of most cancers.

AIDS is life threatening, but when HIV is caught early and is handled, it won’t result in AIDS. If HIV is caught late, it may well result in extra problems and will finally result in AIDS. That is why it’s so necessary to get examined early when you have been prone to HIV, as it should imply that you may entry therapy that may stop you ever getting AIDS.

Source: The National Aids Trust 

‘I had a concern folks would choose me and deal with me like a leper due to a lack of awareness. 

‘I used to be in a darkish place, feeling suicidal. I considered driving off a cliff. Many folks dwell in concern and disgrace of getting HIV, however I refuse to be certainly one of them now.

‘We want to interrupt the stigma as soon as and for all. I’m talking out as a result of I wish to assist others and make a distinction.’

HIV (human immuno-deficency virus) assaults the physique’s immune system. Those recognized with the virus as soon as had a bleak prospect. 

However, these days it may be absolutely managed by medication which cease it growing into AIDS.

The rugby star in contrast his situation to ‘residing with diabetes or hypertension’ and seems to be as match as ever. 

Thomas, who retired from rugby in 2011, went public together with his HIV standing on the eve of the opening of the Rugby World Cup, which begins on Friday. He will seem on ITV as a pundit.

He stated he would ‘always remember’ the second he came upon his analysis, which got here after a ‘routine sexual well being take a look at’ in Cardiff.

When instructed in a ‘matter of truth method’ that he was HIV-positive, Thomas stated he broke down. ‘I instantly thought I used to be going to die,’ he stated. 

‘I felt like an categorical practice was hitting me at 300mph. I wasn’t anticipating it in any respect. Then I used to be pondering, ‘How lengthy have I received left?’ 

Gareth (left) posted this picture of himself on his 45th birthday in July with the caption: 'Today I’m 45 and the happiest I have ever been in my life. I surround myself with people I love and would die for'

Gareth (left) posted this image of himself on his forty fifth birthday in July with the caption: ‘Today I’m 45 and the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I encompass myself with folks I like and would die for’

Thomas is pictured today on his bike as part of the Wales Ironman challenge in Tenby

Thomas is pictured immediately on his bike as a part of the Wales Ironman problem in Tenby 

Thomas didn’t say when the analysis came about or whether or not he turned contaminated whereas nonetheless enjoying skilled rugby, however revealed that he needed to inform quite a lot of former sexual companions as a matter of ‘obligation’ so they may get themselves examined too.

He break up together with his spouse Jemma in 2009 upon revealing his true sexuality, seven years after they married. 

Last night time Thomas additionally revealed that he’s now remarried, to a person referred to as Stephen, with whom he has been for four-and-a-half years. Stephen doesn’t have HIV.

They dwell collectively in Bridgend, with Stephen’s daughter Anna. 

The couple, who married in entrance of shut mates, together with Thomas’s shut good friend ‘H’ from the bands Steps, met whereas working with hassle faculty kids.

Thomas is pictured in a wet suit by the sea earlier this month ahead of an Ironman competition he is due to take part in in Tenby, south west Wales, today

Thomas is pictured in a moist swimsuit by the ocean earlier this month forward of an Ironman competitors he’s due to participate in in Tenby, south west Wales, immediately 

David Cameron meets with Gareth Thomas at Downing Street in 2011 following his retirement

David Cameron meets with Gareth Thomas at Downing Street in 2011 following his retirement

The ex-rugby player says he considered committing suicide after learning of his diagnosis

The ex-rugby participant says he thought of committing suicide after studying of his analysis 

Thomas stated: ‘Stephen is from the Valley and is not used to media consideration or the concept of giving interviews, however he loves me and helps me 100 per cent in what I’m doing.’ 

He additionally instructed that studying of his analysis has not been the final trauma he has needed to endure. 

He revealed that afterwards he was ‘threatened by individuals who stated they might give away my secret’, who he feared would ‘use it as a weapon’ towards him and his household. 

He had wished to maintain the data from his dad and mom, Yvonne, 70, and Barry 69, fearing it could ‘harm’ them. After the blackmail risk he determined he had no possibility however to inform them. In the occasion he found he ‘underestimated’ them.

‘My dad and mom and family members are nice with it,’ he stated.

Thomas, who’s affectionately recognized by his nickname ‘Alfie’, stated there was a lot ‘inaccurate data’ about HIV that he wished to counter, stressing, as an illustration, that there was ‘no chance’ of him passing it on to others due to the medication he was taking.

He stated: ‘I at all times say now, ‘I’m residing with HIV. I do know I’ve HIV, however HIV would not have me. It would not management me.’  

Commenting on Thomas going public, a detailed good friend who additionally performed for Wales, stated: ‘Everyone is shocked and apprehensive for Gareth – however the necessary factor is he is match and properly.

‘He is a outstanding particular person who’s mentally outfitted to take care of this sickness.

‘Everyone supported him when he got here out as homosexual and that assist might be even stronger now.’

The former rugby player posted also posted this picture of himself giving a big 'thumbs up' on his 45th birthday in July, with the caption: 'I try to do the right thing but more importantly I know I will sometimes fail, cry, and be sad, and strangely it’s knowing that, that makes me happy.'

The former rugby participant posted additionally posted this image of himself giving a giant ‘thumbs up’ on his forty fifth birthday in July, with the caption: ‘I attempt to do the appropriate factor however extra importantly I do know I’ll generally fail, cry, and be unhappy, and surprisingly it is realizing that, that makes me blissful.’

He added: ‘Gareth is inspirational, he is modified the lives of so many individuals.

‘I absolutely anticipate him to turn out to be a number one gentle for HIV and Aids charities, that is the form of bloke he’s.’

Thomas got here out on the finish of his rugby profession and stated on the time: ‘I do not wish to be generally known as a homosexual rugby participant, I’m a rugby participant before everything I’m a person.’

Following his analysis revelation, there was an enormous outpouring of assist. 

HIV and sexual well being charity Terrance Higgins Trust stated in a press release: ‘Gareth Thomas has spoken publicly about residing with HIV for the very first time forward of taking up the Ironman Wales problem. 

‘He desires everybody to know that HIV should not cease you doing something you wish to. We’re very proud to name him a good friend.’

Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn additionally tweeted his assist, saying the rugby legend has ‘proven monumental energy’ in sharing his HIV standing. 

He described him as a ‘position mannequin difficult stigma and prejudice’, ‘providing hope and resolve to others’. 

The Welsh rugby workforce, who’re in Japan for the Rugby World Cup, has additionally proven their assist.

Head coach Warren Gatland stated final night time: ‘There hasn’t been plenty of dialog about it as a result of it’s extremely contemporary information to us at this stage.

‘It’s at all times unhappy when an ex-professional sportsman picks up an sickness of any type. As the gamers turn out to be conscious of the information, I’m certain they will speak about it.’ 

Thomas took part in Dancing On Ice in 2013

He is pictured right with skating partner Robin Johnstone

Thomas took half in Dancing On Ice in 2013. He is pictured proper with skating associate Robin Johnstone 

After retiring from the sport Thomas launched a profitable media profession whereas volunteering for charities and is an energetic supporter of Childline.

‘Come on Alfie!’: Gareth Thomas cheered by crowds at Wales Ironman day after HIV revelation  

Gareth Thomas was given large cheers as he emerged out of the water after finishing the primary leg of the gruelling Ironman race in Tenby, West Wales.

There have been cries of ‘Come on Alfie’ and ‘Go Gareth’ as he mounted his black racing bike for a 112-mile race by means of Pembrokeshire’s nation roads.

Thomas waved on the crowds however seemed ruggedly decided and there was no smiles from the ex-rugby star the day after he revealed he’s battling HIV.

Spectator Adam Davies, 45, of Swansea, stated: ‘He was in sports activities mode – he seemed fairly decided and engrossed within the race. I solely came upon about his sickness after I arrived right here at six this morning. What an excellent hero this bloke is. It appears to be like to me like he is sending a message out to the world about residing with HIV.’ 

The former wales and British Lions fullback entered the ocean at Tenby’s north Beach at 7am together with 2,300 different opponents.

He accomplished the two.3-mile swim in an estimated 1 hour 29 minutes and seemed contemporary and robust on the transition to the cycle aspect of the race which ends with a full marathon.

Thomas, carrying quantity 50, was given one other large cheer when his identify was introduced over the PA system on the occasion which is able to take 17 hours for some opponents to finish. 

He stated he hoped his public acknowledgement of his sexuality would assist different younger homosexual sportsmen search assist from charities similar to Childline.

Thomas appeared as a contestant on TV’s Celebrity Big Brother the place he reached the ultimate three.

He additionally appeared on Dancing on Ice as a pundit and has been given his personal exhibits on BBC Wales together with Run for Your Life when he educated a gaggle of chubby and unfit girls from the Welsh Valleys to get match for the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Last November Thomas was the sufferer of an homophobic assault whereas out with mates in Cardiff City Centre.

He posted a video on his Twitter Page exhibiting his bruised and minimize face from the Saturday night time ‘hate crime’ within the Welsh capital.

A 16-year-old boy was later handled by restorative justice and met with Thomas to apologise for his actions.

In 2017 he made a TV documentary referred to as Gareth Thomas v Homophobia difficult homosexual taunts utilized by soccer followers at Premiership matches.

He will now characteristic in a brand new documentary entitled: Gareth Thomas: HIV and ME, which is able to air on BBC One on Wednesday September 18 at 9pm. 

Thomas has devoted the previous couple of months getting match for Ironman Wales, which is happening within the West Wales seaside resort of Tenby immediately.

He is certainly one of greater than 2,000 beginner opponents who lined up at 7am for the swimming leg of the gruelling race.  

There have been cries of ‘Come on Alfie’ and ‘Go Gareth’ as he mounted his black racing bike for a 112-mile race by means of Pembrokeshire’s nation roads after finishing the two.3-mile swimming part in just below an hour and a half.

Thomas waved on the crowds however seemed ruggedly decided and there was no smiles from the ex-rugby star the day after he revealed he’s battling HIV.

WHO IS GARETH THOMAS?  

Gareth Thomas is a former Welsh rugby participant. He has represented Wales in each Rugby Union and Rugby League and was essentially the most capped participant within the nation till he was overtaken in 2011.

He got here out as homosexual in 2009 following a break up from his spouse and childhood sweetheart Jemma in 2007, turning into the primary openly-gay rugby participant in Britain.

Thomas, who’s affectionately generally known as ‘Alfie’ as a result of his ‘resemblance to the alien character within the TV sitcom ‘Alf’, battled together with his sexuality for years, telling of how he was pushed to the brink of suicide on a number of events.

He instructed the Daily Mail in December 2009: ‘I used to be like a ticking bomb. I assumed I may suppress it, hold it locked away in some darkish nook of myself, however I could not.

‘It was who I used to be, and I simply could not ignore it any extra. I’d been by means of each emotion below the solar attempting to take care of this.

‘You get up one morning pondering: ‘I can deal with it. Everything is okay,’ and the following morning you do not need anybody to see your face, since you assume that if folks take a look at you, they are going to know.’

Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas is pictured in October 2010

Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas is pictured in October 2010 

He went on: ‘Sometimes I felt so alone and depressed. I’ve stood on so many cliff edges.

‘I used to go to the cliffs overlooking the seaside close to our cottage in St Brides Major and simply take into consideration leaping off and ending all of it.’

The 12 months after he got here out he was voted essentially the most influential homosexual particular person within the UK and has since labored with a number of LGBT charities amongst others.

Thomas is the youngest of three sons. His older brothers are Richard and Steven. His father Barry, 69, is a retired postal employee, and his mom Yvonne, 70, a former hospital secretary.

He started his sporting profession together with his native Bridgend in 1994, staying there for 3 years. He made his debut for Wales the next 12 months, representing his nation till 2007.

With 100 appearances he was essentially the most capped Welsh Rugby Union participant ever till 2011 when the accolade was taken by Stephen Jones.

He played for Wales at the 2007 Rugby World Cup and played in four tournaments altogether

He performed for Wales on the 2007 Rugby World Cup and performed in 4 tournaments altogether

The fullback was the second highest attempt scorer for Wales, behind Shane Williams and captained for his nation, and varied membership squads.

At membership degree Thomas performed for Bridgend, Cardiff RFC, Celtic Warriors, Cardiff Blues and French aspect Toulouse.

During his time in France he was discovered responsible of assault in 2005. Two years later he was banned from the sport for 4 week on misconduct expenses.

While he was nonetheless enjoying in France he suffered a serious well being scare after a neck damage. He was later rushed to hospital and was suspected to have had a stroke, with fears the influence on his well being could have led to his retirement.

After marrying childhood sweetheart Jemma in 2002, the couple struggled with relationship issues.

Thomas stated he ‘knew he was homosexual’ on the age of round 16 or 17, however failed to simply accept it till years later.

He admitted dishonest on her a number of occasions, insisting he at all times practised secure intercourse when sleeping with males.

Thomas will be part of ITV's broadcast team for the upcoming World Cup in Japan this month

Thomas might be a part of ITV’s broadcast workforce for the upcoming World Cup in Japan this month

The couple have been married for 5 years, throughout which era Jemma suffered three miscarriages. They break up in 2007 with the divorce finalised in 2009.

Thomas carried on enjoying rugby till 2011 when he suffered a damaged arm. After lacking two months, he introduced he can be retiring from the game in October that 12 months.

Since he got here out in 2009, Thomas has labored with quite a few charities, together with ChildLine, the Terrance Higgins Trust and Stonewall.

He was an ITV rugby pundit throughout the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

In January 2012 he went into the Celebrity Big Brother House, ending within the ultimate three.

A 12 months later he appeared on Dancing On Ice, when he was partnered with skilled skater Robin Johnstone.

Thomas is pictured taking part in Dancing On Ice in January 2013 alongside his skating partner Robin Johnstone

Thomas is pictured collaborating in Dancing On Ice in January 2013 alongside his skating associate Robin Johnstone 

This was across the time a movie was as a result of be made about Thomas’s life. Actor Tom Hardy was as a result of play Thomas, however the movie later fell by means of.

His autobiography Proud was launched in 2015, which gave distressing particulars about his battle together with his sexuality.

In November 2018 he was assaulted in Cardiff metropolis centre in a homophobic assault. He took to social media to share his ordeal and requested South Wales police take care of the 16-year-old suspect by means of restorative justice.

In September 2019 he turned the primary main British sports activities star to return out as HIV-positive.

He stated he has been residing with the virus ‘for years’ and in addition revealed he’s now re-married to a person named Stephen, 56.

His husband doesn’t have HIV and the couple dwell in Bridgend, South Wales, with Stephen’s 23-year-old daughter Anna.