'I thought I was going to die' Gareth Thomas opens up on HIV diagnosis

Gareth Thomas says he 'thought he was going to die'

The rugby player appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch to talk to hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer about his new book Stronger, and they touched on his experience of coming out as a sports star and what he hopes for the future. While chatting, he also spoke about his HIV diagnosis and the stigma attached to it.

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"Let's talk about your new book, Stronger," said Tim. "It's a very powerful start to this book, do you want to tell us about it?"

"Yeah so it's about, really, my journey of my disclosure around my HIV status," Gareth explained.

"And the fact that I was a version of the stigma as well, when I found out I was living with HIV, I'd never learnt about HIV in school and no one had ever spoken about it around me.

"So I thought I was going to die. I thought that HIV was a virus that would eventually turn into Aids and kill me.

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Gareth ThomasSunday Brunch: Gareth Thomas opened up about the moment he was diagnosed with HIV (Image: Channel 4)

Tim Lovejoy and Simon RimmerSunday Brunch: Tim Lovejoy Simon Rimmer spoke to Gareth Thomas (Image: Channel 4)

"And after a while, I learnt that that wasn't the case. I learnt that, without knowledge, science and medicine had moved on to a point where somebody living with HIV could live a happy, normal, healthy life.

"But I felt - because nobody had ever spoken about it to me, even though I understood it, I felt wary about telling other people.

"Because I thought if I talk about it, everyone else is going to think the worst."

He went on: "So, I was trying to think of times to tell people, and I told a few people, and some I thought I'd trusted.

Gareth ThomasSunday Brunch: Tim Lovejoy Simon Rimmer spoke to Gareth Thomas (Image: Channel 4)

Tim LovejoySunday Brunch: Tim Lovejoy asked about Gareth Thomas' new book (Image: Channel 4)

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