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positive rugby star Thomas ’UK magazine cover hailed for tackling stigma

By Sonia Elks

LONDON, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Former rugby international Gareth Thomas .

The Welsh sports star said that he was gay and living with HIV sometimes left him feeling “a little exposed” but he had no regrets.

“I walk down the street and there’s that realization that people who I don’t even know are aware of my medical history, my sexuality, told he told the magazine.

“That can be quite invasive. But the reality is ’I'm in a better place. People

Thomas came out as gay in 2009 and in September this year announced that he had been living with HIV.

The 45-year-old former captain of Wales, amongst a few celebrities, has announced that they have the virus, the threatening to reveal his status.

Thomas said he had stepped up.

“My mental images of people living with HIV were always frail, always weak,” he admitted. “Totally opposite of that. Wanted

Thomas was capped 100 times for Wales in an international career spanning 1995-2007 and also captained the British and Irish Lions in 2005.

His magazine cover was hailed by LGBT and HIV campaigners as a step forward in challenging stigma over the virus.

“What better way for Gareth? Deb said Debbie Laycock, the head of policy at the British HIV / AIDS charity the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Aret Gareth has already done so much to change. Diagnosis (Reporting by Sonia Elks //

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