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    Gareth Thomas HIV and me

    Watching this documentary on bbc just now. What an inspirational man he is in the face of mindless prejudice that exists. It really lays bare the man and his story.

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    Watching this documentary on bbc just now. What an inspirational man he is in the face of mindless prejudice that exists. It really lays bare the man and his story.
    Haven't seen this but not sure why he is being treated as such a hero. Up until the point that a tabloid said it was going to print the fact, he seems to have been very keen to keep his HIV status secret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lapsedhibee View Post
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    Haven't seen this but not sure why he is being treated as such a hero. Up until the point that a tabloid said it was going to print the fact, he seems to have been very keen to keep his HIV status secret.
    He wasnít keeping it secret, he was keeping it private. Itís no one elseís business and completely up to him who he told and when he told them.

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    He wasnít keeping it secret, he was keeping it private. Itís no one elseís business and completely up to him who he told and when he told them.
    Completely agree he's under no obligation to share. And the British tabloid press is the pits. Just find it slightly odd that someone who apparently went to some lengths to prevent people knowing his status is apparently being heralded as a sort of trailblazer. (Think he did blaze a trail in respect of being gay and good at rugby, not so sure about this latest stuff though.)

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    As someone who wants to lose a bit of weight, watching that man and his struggles was inspiring.

    If he can overcome his problems and the poison that he's had to endure because he happened to be a gay sportsman, and now HIV, then i can surely do something as small and mundane as that.

    Gareth just comes over as a very nice person, and someone who has given 100% all his life, and i wish him all the best now in everything he does in the future.

    I'm sure he will succeed in whatever he does.

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    It hasn't been easy for him amidst the macho attitude of professional rugby and all the public scrutiny. He says he has been close to suicide more than once; let's hope he can get on with his life.

    With the combination drugs for HIV, is it now possible to postpone full blown AIDS indefinitely, or does it eventually develop? Can those with HIV expect to take the drugs for forty, fifty years and live to normal life expectancy?
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    It hasn't been easy for him amidst the macho attitude of professional rugby and all the public scrutiny. He says he has been close to suicide more than once; let's hope he can get on with his life.

    With the combination drugs for HIV, is it now possible to postpone full blown AIDS indefinitely, or does it eventually develop? Can those with HIV expect to take the drugs for forty, fifty years and live to normal life expectancy?
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324321.php

    That covers a lot of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324321.php

    That covers a lot of it.
    Cheers for that.

    Has anyone seen 'We Were Here', the documentary about the arrival of AIDS in San Francisco in 1981? I saw it online somewhere; don't think it's on You Tube. Terrifying but very poignant documentary about the early days of AIDS, when HIV diagnosis was a death sentence.

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    'We Were Here' doesn't seem to be available on You Tube, but if anyone gets the chance to see it, I would highly recommend it. Whilst searching for that documentary I came across another on You Tube, 'Remember Terry', from late 1987, a BBC programme which followed the final months in the life of a gay AIDS sufferer who was on the AZT drug. Written and presented by the late Pattie Caldwell, it's a very moving account of the battle of a brave man, and his his old mum was an absolute diamond. If you have a spare hour, give it a watch; it's a glimpse back to an era when AIDS was still a death sentence and prejudice was widespread. I felt uplifted by the end of it; humbled by his courage and left thinking about how any problems I have are relatively small.

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