Former Wales and British and Irish Lions captain Gareth Thomas has been accused of
“deceptively” transmitting HIV to a previous partner, according to High Court legal
Ian Baum has alleged Gareth Thomas hid his HIV status, “failing to take reasonable
care” to ensure he did not pass it on.
Mr. Baum is suing the TV personality for £150,000.
Mr. Thomas’ legal team has been asked to comment, but it is understood that he is
strongly contesting the claim.
In court papers, Mr. Baum claimed he had a relationship with him between 2013 and
2016 and that he was HIV negative when the relationship began.
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It is alleged he found out Mr. Thomas had HIV when he saw a tablet marked GSK1.
“On googling the GSK1 pill, the claimant discovered that the defendant was taking
antiviral HIV medication,” the documents said.
Mr. Baum then “immediately” made an appointment for a HIV test. The court papers
state that when he found out he was positive for the virus, he was left “devastated”.
It is claimed he called Mr. Thomas for an explanation and according to the
documents, Mr. Thomas was “very repentant and apologetic”.
“The defendant pleaded with him to keep his HIV status secret, the claimant agreed
and the relationship continued,” it added.