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Author Topic: Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas (forced) to revealed he is HIV positive  (Read 1413 times)

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Offline Jim Allen

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Absolutely fucking disgusting that Gareth Thomas felt forced to reveal his HIV status in a video statement after being pressured/blackmailed. The scumbags who threatened to out his medical condition to the world are the lowest form of life.

Video announcement:
https://twitter.com/gareththomas14/status/1172979157762039810?s=20

In the news:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/sep/15/gareth-thomas-revealing-hiv-status-will-tackle-stigma

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Thomas, who on Sunday completed a 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon, has gone public after blackmailers threatened to reveal his secret and tabloid journalists went to the house of his parents

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On one side, very sad story (the blackmail, the so-called ďjournalistsĒ... can we really call them that??).

On the other hand, itís moving seeing the tens of thousands of supporting messages on Twitter...

Hope he gets out of this stronger than ever.

As someone commented in the article, his ďoutingĒ may have a huge impact in letting people get a better understanding of this virus.

BTW, could you even picture someone blackmail the guy cause he had, say, diabetes?

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BTW, could you even picture someone blackmail the guy cause he had, say, diabetes?

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Not really as diabetes is not acquired like HIV through activities that generally speaking already have a high level of stigma or social taboo attached to them neither does diabetes have the same history HIV has.

BTW Here the POZ.com coverage; https://www.poz.com/article/rugby-star-gareth-thomas-forced-disclose-hiv-video 

 
« Last Edit: September 16, 2019, 08:10:13 pm by Jim Allen »
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I thought blackmail is illegal.

I wonder if it would be appropriate to have the so called journalists charged with conspiracy?

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Not really as diabetes is not acquired like HIV through activities that generally speaking already have a high level of stigma or social taboo attached to them neither does diabetes have the same history HIV has.

BTW Here the POZ.com coverage; https://www.poz.com/article/rugby-star-gareth-thomas-forced-disclose-hiv-video 

 

Agreed. Probably a better similitude would be HVC. Still I couldnít figure anyone being blackmailed cause they have hepatitis C...

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Agreed, correct or not hepatitis C might have more commonality it terms of stigma around drug usage / sex with HIV, though I suspect there is a greater (stronger) overlap into another level of stigma from society namely the hangups general population have with gay people (LGBTQI+)

Multiple levels to all of this, with each illness having different levels of dispise & stigma
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Being welsh, I've always been a massive fan of Gareth Thomas. Such an inspirational leader on the field of play with a physical presence that if you were playing against him, would have absolutely terrified you. An absolute national hero.

It goes to demonstrate the character of the man that  in the current situation he decides to test himself by entering an ironman triathlon, and actually LEARNS TO SWIM just to achieve this!

Revealing he has HIV is a big deal - he is the kind of universally respected guy that can actually help be a role model, help get messages out into certain  areas which  would perhaps have been a bit more dismissive previously, such as pro sport. If he chooses to help  with this stuff, I could see him being a hugely influential voice - in these parts anyway.

But everyone deserves privacy, regardless of how famous they are and this is another example of the press vultures forcing someones hand in fear of them being 'exposed' and it's shocking but I don't know what can be done about it. In this case what makes it even more disgusting is that the threat was to out him to his parents, who he hadn't told about his condition.

It's a good job Gareth is a lovely bloke, as I'd have been tempted to utilise some of my physical traits to sort the matter out with the papers editor, man-to-man but I guess a prison record on top of everything else wouldn't be ideal.
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In this case what makes it even more disgusting is that the threat was to out him to his parents, who he hadn't told about his condition.

Thatís the most disturbing part... I didnít even know who Gareth Thomas was before reading the news but the candor and sincerity that radiate from his videos tell a lot about the man.

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Thatís the most disturbing part... I didnít even know who Gareth Thomas was before reading the news but the candor and sincerity that radiate from his videos tell a lot about the man.

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Very disturbing indeed, I also have to admit before this news broke I didnít even know who Gareth Thomas was either
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