Sharing an image of the previous Wales and British Lions rugby captain on the Sussex Royal Instagram web page, the Duke of Sussex counseled him for his bravery, saying he was “saving lives” by talking out.
“Gareth, you might be an absolute legend! In sharing your story of being HIV+, you might be saving lives and shattering stigma, by exhibiting you may be robust and resilient whereas dwelling with HIV,” he wrote, alongside an image of 45-year-old Thomas.
“We must always all be appalled by the way in which you have been compelled to talk your fact, it’s yours and yours alone to share in your phrases and I and hundreds of thousands stand with you.”
Thomas, who got here out as homosexual in 2009, was advised he had HIV, a virus that assaults the physique’s immune system, throughout a routine sexual well being check-up.
He stated that whereas the admission made him “extraordinarily weak,” it didn’t make him weak.
“Regardless that I have been compelled to inform you this, I select to combat, to coach and break the stigma round this topic.”
He added: “I’m asking you to assist me to point out that everybody lives in concern of individuals’s reactions and opinions… However that does not imply we should always have to cover, however to do that, I actually, actually need your assist.”
Harry is well-placed to assist Thomas problem misconceptions about dwelling with HIV.
He’s co-founder of the charity Sentebale, which focuses on supporting HIV-positive younger individuals in Lesotho. And in 2016, he took an HIV check on Fb Dwell throughout a go to to London’s King’s Faculty Hospital as a part of his combat to eradicate the stigma surrounding the illness.
He stated on the time: “We have to normalize testing and smash the stigma. We have now a accountability to ourselves, to the individuals, we’re in a relationship with, the people who we love.”