Gareth Thomas jokes he’s ‘punching’ with husband Stephen on 3-year anniversary

Rugby star Gareth Thomas spoke on Good Morning Britain about the misconceptions surrounding HIV as he celebrated his wedding anniversary

Gareth Thomas jokes he is “punching” as he celebrates three-year wedding anniversary

Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas appeared on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday where he spoke to hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

Piers and Susanna wished him a happy three-year anniversary with husband Stephen Williams-Thomas, and Piers asked: “Are you punching as heavily as I am?”

“I’d probably say I am, my husband married me because of my rugby prowess and rugby strength,” said Gareth.

“But now at 45 I no longer have that, so I am holding on for dear life!”

Gareth discussed the misconceptions surrounding HIV (

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He spoke about the stigma still surrounding HIV after revealing he has it last September, and he is launching an anti-ignorance campaign.

On how much science had improved treatment, he said: “You take a tablet for diabetes or blood pressure but because we deem this so serious, as HIV, nobody can really believe you take one tablet and you lead a normal, healthy, happy life and my husband is not at risk of contracting HIV and he’s HIV negative.

“Nobody can contract HIV if they use the same fork or the same glass.”

Gareth and Ian are celebrating three years of marriage

He added that he has started a website to help break down the barriers and that we have to celebrate the steps forward in the science.

“It is quite easy to educate people, but to re educate people when they think they know everything about HIV, is even more difficult.”

He said he was “shocked” to find after conducting a survey that 50% of people said they felt they could contract HIV from a partner if that partner was on effective treatment .

Gareth takes daily medication and it ensures his HIV is not contagious (

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ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

“Two thirds of people would consider ending or would end a relationship if they found out that their partner was HIV positive.

“And one thing that was really personal to me was that a third of people we surveyed said that if there was somebody playing a contact sport that was HIV positive, that they would stop participating in that sport, they wouldn’t take the field with somebody who was HIV positive.

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That shows that discrimination, that stigma, is still around, but medicine and science has moved so far.

Gareth takes one tablet a day, and it means he will not infect a sexual partner with HIV.

He explained it was no different to taking daily diabetes medication every day.

* Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV

Rugby star Gareth Thomas spoke on Good Morning Britain about the misconceptions surrounding HIV as he celebrated his wedding anniversary

Gareth Thomas jokes he is “punching” as he celebrates three-year wedding anniversary

Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas appeared on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday where he spoke to hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

 

Piers and Susanna wished him a happy three-year anniversary with husband Stephen Williams-Thomas, and Piers asked: “Are you punching as heavily as I am?”

“I’d probably say I am, my husband married me because of my rugby prowess and rugby strength,” said Gareth.

“But now at 45 I no longer have that, so I am holding on for dear life!”

Gareth discussed the misconceptions surrounding HIV (

Image:

ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

 

 

He spoke about the stigma still surrounding HIV after revealing he has it last September, and he is launching an anti-ignorance campaign.

On how much science had improved treatment, he said: “You take a tablet for diabetes or blood pressure but because we deem this so serious, as HIV, nobody can really believe you take one tablet and you lead a normal, healthy, happy life and my husband is not at risk of contracting HIV and he’s HIV negative.

“Nobody can contract HIV if they use the same fork or the same glass.”

Gareth and Ian are celebrating three years of marriage

He added that he has started a website to help break down the barriers and that we have to celebrate the steps forward in the science.

“It is quite easy to educate people, but to re educate people when they think they know everything about HIV, is even more difficult.”

He said he was “shocked” to find after conducting a survey that 50% of people said they felt they could contract HIV from a partner if that partner was on effective treatment .

Gareth takes daily medication and it ensures his HIV is not contagious (

Image:

ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

“Two thirds of people would consider ending or would end a relationship if they found out that their partner was HIV positive.

“And one thing that was really personal to me was that a third of people we surveyed said that if there was somebody playing a contact sport that was HIV positive, that they would stop participating in that sport, they wouldn’t take the field with somebody who was HIV positive.

What’s happening where you live? Find out with In Your Area.

That shows that discrimination, that stigma, is still around, but medicine and science has moved so far.

Gareth takes one tablet a day, and it means he will not infect a sexual partner with HIV.

He explained it was no different to taking daily diabetes medication every day.

* Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV

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