Rugby Prince Harry Gets Candid with Rugby Star About Moment the Athlete Learned He Is HIV Positive

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Prince Harry has teamed up with a rugby star to break the stigma surrounding HIV.

The royal and Gareth Thomas, who recently revealed he is living with HIV, sat down for a candid chat in the stands of the Premiership rugby club Harlequins released to mark National HIV Testing Week, which starts on Saturday.

“I was fearful of being tested positive, but I was fearful because I didn’t understand what being tested positive means,” the athlete tells Harry in their first-ever meeting.

Thomas said that he soon learned that after he was tested positive, he could take steps to “get my life back on track” by taking medication that ensure he wouldn’t pass on the disease.

“That means now I live an amazing life with a husband who is HIV negative — and I know for a fact that I’m no risk to him,” the former Wales rugby captain said.

Prince Harry adds everyone should know their HIV status to “normalize testing” and “make it easier for those that are fearful, that are scared to come forward.”

Gareth Thomas and Prince Harry

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