Rugby star Gareth Thomas admits he didn’t tell his former partner he was HIV positive

Ian Baum (pictured) accused Mr Thomas, 48, of

Rugby star Gareth Thomas admits he did NOT tell former partner he was HIV positive as he is accused of failing to “take reasonable care” before passing on the virus.

  • Ian Baum, accused Gareth Thomas of “hiding” that he was HIV positive
  • Former Wales captain Thomas has now admitted he did not tell Mr
  • He denied passing on HIV to Mr. Baum or having any control over their relationship

Rugby star Gareth Thomas has admitted he did not tell a former partner he was HIV positive when they started a relationship, High Court documents show.

Her ex, Ian Baum, accuses Mr Thomas, 48, of “concealing” the fact that he was HIV positive and failing to “take reasonable care” before passing on the virus to her while they were a couple.

Former Wales captain Thomas has now admitted he did not tell Baum he was HIV positive when the pair began a relationship in October 2013.

He denies passing on HIV to Mr Baum or being controlling and coercive in their relationship.

Ian Baum (pictured) accused Mr Thomas, 48, of “concealing” that he was HIV positive and “failing to exercise reasonable care” before passing on the virus to her while they were a couple.

Former Wales rugby international Gareth Thomas admitted he did not tell Mr.  Baum who was HIV positive when the couple began dating in October 2013.

Former Wales rugby international Gareth Thomas admitted he did not tell Mr. Baum who was HIV positive when the couple began dating in October 2013.

HIV carriers can be charged with grievous bodily harm if they fail to disclose their health status to potential partners and then transmit the infection.

Mr. Thomas denies he “lied” about his HIV status because he was never asked about it by Mr Baum, 59.

He also said that they did not have sex for four months after they got together because he “had an injury”.

But he admitted he was “wrong” to believe he could not pass the condition on to others, which his lawyers said was “a genuine belief at the material time”.

In a case to be heard in the Superior Court, Mr. Thomas is accused by Mr. Baum of “assault, assault, intentional infliction of harm and negligence.”

Mr Baum is seeking at least £150,000 in damages, although it could be significantly higher for “serious physical and psychological injury” and a “resulting loss of life expectancy of approximately six to eight years”.

: Gareth Thomas of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between England and Wales at Twickenham on February 4, 2006 in London, England.

: Gareth Thomas of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between England and Wales at Twickenham on February 4, 2006 in London, England.

The retired rugby star claims he and Mr Baum only had sex after Mr Baum revealed he was HIV positive in 2014 and Mr Thomas did the same.

In High Court documents filed last week, lawyers for Mr. Thomas claim that Mr. Baum “was a bit brazen” about contracting HIV, “his attitude was that he was bound to contract HIV sooner or later.” But they add: ‘The plaintiff is admitted [Mr Baum] he did not expressly consent to the risk of HIV transmission by the accused”.

Thomas said Baum was “promiscuous” during their relationship, though evidence of this is still “subject to determination.” Mr. Baum claims he was monogamous while they were together.

The allegations against Thomas, which relate to the period between 2013 and 2018, came before he revealed in a 2019 BBC interview and documentary that he had HIV.

He came out as gay in 2009 at the end of a distinguished career, including 100 caps for Wales, and was hailed as an LGBTQ trailblazer in sport.

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