Gareth Thomas reveals he's HIV positive

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    Terrible news.

    Saw him talking about it on the BBC, he seemed very emotional. The bravery of coming out to talk about it can't be understated. The man is a hero.
     
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    Modern medicine is very good at dealing with HIV now. Although it's bad news he can live a full and happy life even with HIV
     
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    Yeah, very sad to hear. But as Tallshort said the drugs available now to keep it under control are much more advanced than 20 -30 years ago, to stop it going into full blown AIDS. And he’s now married; settled long term relationship.
     
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    this man has serious balls
     
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    Listened to an interview with Thomas on the radio this morning. Highly emotional and it sounds like his hand was forced by the media.

    His parents only found out when a journalist knocked on their door and asked them what they thought about it. Unf*cking believable, and you can only assume that someone somewhere must have breached a confidence, whether professional or otherwise.

    This in the same week that the media dredged up a distressing 30 year old story about Ben Stokes’ family to which Stokes has, rightly, reacted furiously.

    The British gutter press really can be complete sh*ts. Selling papers is the only issue here, neither story is remotely in the public interest and both have caused clear and unnecessary distress to those involved.
     
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    Yeah I heard the same interview. The Sun are complete scum in my book. Some elements of our press are just the worst and shows they haven’t learnt from the phone hacking scandal.

    I read Ben Stokes also has a complaint against the Sun.
     
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    One could argue it was a news story if Thomas was still playing and keeping it a secret from the authorities, I belive the actual risk of transmission even in a contact sport is extremely low but still.

    However both these stories don't constitute news at all in my book. It geuninely annoys me Stokes' statement has meant the rest of the press can run with it as well....
     
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    @ncurd, agreed in principle although revealing health matters without consent has always been a big data protection no-no.

    We don’t know exactly how the story reached the press, but if there is a legal angle I’m sure some very good lawyers would be more than happy to help out Thomas.

    One argument I’ve heard for running the Stokes story is that it’s fine as its all in the public domain anyway......in my book there’s a big difference between legal and ethical with tabloids only understanding one of those concepts. The family member who co-operated is going to be off a lot of Christmas card lists.
     
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    Aye its a complex matter when your health puts others at a legtimate risk (I think this is key here if the risk is negligable its not a story or should be reported) I think you are duty bound to report that.

    In a far more extreme example where it was wrong there was a new story a while back about someone going to jail for deliberately trying to infect people with HIV by not disclosing themselves to sexual partners.


    This is academic though Thomas is not currently playing, he didn't put people at risk and this gutter trash shite.
     
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    Just read on the BBC that Thomas didn't even get a chance to tell his parents. It was a journalist who told them. Pretty horrible thing for them to do.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49739345
     
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