Rugby Former Welsh Rugby Star Says Tabloid Forced Him To Announce HIV Diagnosis

    Rugby Former Welsh Rugby Star Says Tabloid Forced Him To Announce HIV Diagnosis

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    This weekend, former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas announced in a video posted on Twitter that he is HIV positive.

    In an interview with morning show BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Thomas, who became the first openly gay professional rugby union player in 2009, said a journalist spoke to his parents about his HIV status before he could tell them in 2017:

    I can never take that moment back. That person came and took that moment away from me. My parents will say that they’re fine because that’s my parents. But I can’t really tell you how they felt because I can’t imagine how they would feel. […] Do you have children? Can you imagine someone coming to your door and saying something so personal and so intrusive to you about the person that you would love and protect through anything? Can you imagine how that would feel? I can’t.

    Thomas didn’t identify the jou

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