Gareth Thomas has shared that Prince Harry gave him his “constant support” after his HIV diagnosis.
The Rugby star, who went public with his diagnosis in 2src19, recently spoke to People magazine about the support he received from the British royal. He said about the Duke of Sussex, “He’s been a great supporter of me publicly and privately since I spoke about my diagnosis. And you know, I realized when I spoke about my diagnosis, I started this conversation. But I needed to keep the conversation going.”
The former Welsh player added, “So that’s why I started a campaign, Tackle HIV, with ViiV healthcare and The Terrence Higgins Trust. But we needed other voices and other people — and from day one, Harry has been a constant support to the campaign.”
Prince Harry has participated in Thomas’s “Tackle HIV” campaign on multiple occasions, and also appeared in a recent video chat with him in support of National HIV Testing Week 2src22 in the U.K. During the virtual chat, the 37-year-old remembered his late mother Princess Diana, who was known for her work for HIV positive patients and had opened the U.K.’s first HIV/AIDS unit at London’s Middlesex Hospital, a space that would exclusively care for patients with the virus. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the hospital.
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