Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas talks with the Duke of Sussex about how his HIV diagnosis inspired him to live his life to the fullest and educate others about the virus.
Harry and the former Wales captain spoke about the virus as part of a powerful new movie released by the Terence Higgins Trust to mark National HIV Testing Week, which begins today.
In the video, filmed in the stands at Twicken Stops, home of Premier League Rugby Club Harlequins, Thomas told Harry that the moment he was diagnosed with HIV was what inspired him to educate others about reality the virus.
Harry shared a joke with former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas (right) and Chris Robshaw of Arlekins (left), as he was presented with a Harlequins kit for son Archie on November 8
Both Prince Harry and his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, have dedicated their lives to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS. Harry presented a shirt to baby Archie today
He said that everyone should know their HIV status in order to "normalize testing" and "facilitate those who are afraid, who are afraid to come forward."
Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, is thought to be the first athlete in the UK to publicize about life with the virus.
He told the Duke that his knowledge of HIV remained in the 1980s and that he was sentenced to death, but now wants to show that there is life after being diagnosed with HIV.
Thomas added: "We do so much about our health – we go to the dentist, we go to the doctor. But when it comes to sexual health testing, there is stigma and fear.
"We need to re-educate people to know that where we are now with HIV, this is not a death sentence, it is not and I am living proof.
Prior to his meeting with the Duke, the Terence Higgins Trust charities and the National AIDS Fund (NATO) announced Thomas as commissioner of the first ever HIV commission to end HIV transmission by 2030  Thomas said, "Now I have a new purpose. I want to do everything I can to remove the fear that people are having for the HIV test and just do it.
"Since I was not educated on HIV, I thought I was given a death sentence when I was diagnosed and I don't want anyone else to go through it.
"I take one pill a day, which keeps me healthy, means I have absolutely no fear of passing HIV to my husband, and means I'm fit enough to do Ironman.
During their interview, the Duke praised Thomas and said that what he was doing was "incredible."
He added, "I believe what you are doing is incredible."
The Duke of Sussex hugged former rugby player Gareth Thomas while congratulating him on Twitchan Stoop in London
In recent interviews, Gareth Thomas says he was banished to suicidal thoughts as a result of his diagnosis
Harry and his brother Duke of Cambridge praised Welsh -positive
The Duke and Thomas also discussed how the rugby community can to reduce stigma by calling on rugby players to be tested and to know their status to help normalize HIV testing.
Trans Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV charity, paid tribute to the impact of the two men on the "challenge of HIV and stigma."
T he charity said that after Thomas publicly revealed his HIV status in September, he noticed a jump in orders for his HIV testing kits, reflecting a fivefold increase when Harry tested it live on Facebook in 2016.  HIV testing has never been easier and can be done in a number of different places, including sexual health clinics, GPs and at home, he adds.
New Public Health England statistics estimate that about one in every 14 people living with HIV in the UK remains undiagnosed – while 43% of people diagnosed last year were diagnosed late, which is after damage to the immune system already started.
The charity says that's why the HIV test is so important because someone diagnoses early and has access to treatment – like Thomas – has the same lifespan as everyone else.
Access to effective treatment for HIV also ensures that the virus cannot be transmitted, he added.
Ian Green, CEO of the Terence Higgins Trust, said: "We are proud to have gathered the Duke of Sussex and Gareth Thomas – two people who have done so much to challenge people's perceptions of HIV and deal with stigma.
"This is because when they talk about the reality of HIV, people listen to
" I hope the work of Duke and Gareth to normalize HIV testing has a big impact during National HIV Testing Week and everyone who was previously too scared to test, sees that it is always better to know. "
The Duke and athlete met with players at the Twickenham Stoop Club, Harlequins' home, before National HIV Test Week
Harry and Thomas decided to work together after the king sent a message to the Welshman asking them to talk for a few days after revealing his HIV status in a Twitter video
Thomas said that Harry has done so much to normalize HIV testing and combat and against the stigma around the world "
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The former fullback, who captaines both Wales and the British Lions, is considered to be the first UK athlete to publicize with HIV
Is it HIV?
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is an incurable sexually transmitted disease that attacks the immune system. If left untreated, it completely destroys the immune system.
WHAT ARE MANY PEOPLE?
HIV has killed some 35 million people since the 1980s. Currently, about 37 million people worldwide have it.
WHAT IS IT?
HIV is a virus that damages cells in the immune system and impairs the ability to fight infection and disease.  Without treatment, HIV can become AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), which is a syndrome (or set of symptoms) and not a virus.
According to laymen, AIDS is called "late-stage HIV." A person has AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight infection. AIDS cannot be transmitted from one person to another; HIV
WHAT IS THE FORECAST?
Being diagnosed with HIV should be treated for a lifetime to prevent it from becoming AIDS, which is often fatal.
A decade ago people who are HIV-positive get a shorter life expectancy because drugs that suppress the immune system, e.g. patients are highly vulnerable to fatal infections.
Today, HIV drugs are much more complicated.
They allow people who are HIV positive to live while someone else is in good health.
suppress the viral load to such an extent that it is undetectable and non-transferable, which means that it is possible to have an intimate relationship without transmitting it.
The former player has been named a member of the HIV committee created by NAT (National AIDS Trust) ) and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Thomas says of his appointment: "This is something I am incredibly honored to become an HIV commissioner with a group of people who plan to end zero new HIV transmissions in England over the next 10 years, and this is the first
"I have a small platform, I do not know how big it is, but I know that I have a platform, and I understood why there are so many people who live in fear, live in shame, because I live in fear and live in shame. "
Three years ago, Prince Harry took a live HIV test on Facebook – causing a fivefold increase in HIV test orders from Terence Higgins Doverie.
Last year, he called for the HIV test to be considered "completely normal" in a specially recorded message.
The Duke of Sussex said that people should not be ashamed or embarrassed when doing a lethal test
Instead, he said that the HIV test should be treated in the same way that people protect themselves against "viruses" as a cold and flu. "
In a two-minute video message, the young king wears a red ribbon in solidarity with all those living with HIV.
He said, "Being tested for HIV is something to be proud of – not something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.
"As much as you protect yourself during this time of year from diseases and viruses such as colds and flu, you can also protect your health by taking an HIV test. "
Princess Diana famously helped reduce the stigmatization of AIDS sufferers in April 1987 when she handled a gay man dying of the disease.
Back in the 1980s, when a picture was taken at a London hospital in Middlesex with AIDS
by Prince Harry has long advocated the importance of HIV testing both in the UK and around the world. When tested for HIV live on Facebook two years ago, there was a fivefold increase in HIV testing orders from Terrence Higgins Trust
Higgs, a voluntary provider of XI services In and sexual health, said the day after Wellesman's announcement was the busiest of the charity since the launch of their HIV self-test kits.
National HIV Testing Week will run from November 16-22.
Its purpose is to raise awareness and acceptance of the HIV test by dispelling the stigma surrounding the virus.
This helps to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of HIV, thus reducing transmission further.
How Diana's Handshake with AIDS Patients Changes the Worldview of the Disease
In April 1987, Princess Diana shook hands with a gay man who was dying of AIDS.
A folk princess touched an unnamed person without wearing gloves, challenging the previously believed notion that the disease could be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.
She was quoted as saying, "HIV does not make people dangerous to know.
"You can shake their hands and hug them.
At that time, Princess Diana opened the first ward in the UK, which exclusively caters to HIV / AIDS patients at London's Middlesex Hospital.
Princess Diana is the famous first member of the Royal Family to touch someone with AIDS.
It is not clear if this picture is the first time she has made physical contact with a patient infected with HIV.
The People's Princess will also regularly visit Farah, both with the media present and without.
According to Dr. Rosemary Gillespie, CEO of the HIV charity Terence Higgins Trust: "The London faience offers housing and day care for men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS and provides shelter and recreation for people, marginalized and abandoned because of their diagnosis. Princess Diana was a patron of the National AIDS Trust at the time of her death in 1997.