WATCH: The incredible response to Gareth Thomas and his HIV struggle

WATCH: The incredible response to Gareth Thomas and his HIV struggle

Welsh full-back and all-around rugby legend Gareth Thomas revealed that he has been living with HIV after “going through hell” with blackmailers about his secret.

In an emotional video, Thomas announced on his Twitter account that he is HIV positive, and that he will be competing in Ironman Wales in Tenby.

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The Wales and British and Irish Lions captain also did an interview with the BBC, where he said, “I’m doing this, because I want to know what it’s like to live again. I want to know what it’s like to feel free. And by doing that, I want to empower so many other people who are in the exact same position as me.”

The response online to this was extremely supportive of Thomas.

Thomas who came out as gay in 2009, is believed to be the first person in British sport to go public about living with HIV. The 45-year-old will be a pundit during the Rugby World Cup.

 

Support online has been overwhelmingly in support of Thomas and his battle with the diagnosis.

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Thomas played his 100th and last Test for Wales in their infamous loss to Fiji in 2007 which saw the team crash out of the tournament at the pool stages. Thomas will be out in Japan, doing punditry, and surely will be hoping Wales will achieve World Cup success.

He shall be competing in this year’s Welsh Ironman which is one of the most gruelling endurance events in sport. The triathlon takes place in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, and it is labelled as one of the toughest races in the world with swimming, biking and running all involved in the triathlon.

The triathlon shall take place next week on September 15 where Thomas will be sure to receive a large amount of support in his home country. Thomas could even win the thing!