Gareth Thomas looked straight down the lens of the camera, his voice wavering slightly.
The former Wales rugby union captain announced he was living with HIV – and was committing himself to addressing the stigma that existed around the subject.
Just after 10pm on 14 September 2019, the video went live on Thomas’s Twitter page.
The whole clip lasted less than 90 seconds, but sent ripples around the sporting world. Messages of support poured in, as the video racked up nearly five million views.
For LGBT+ History Month, Thomas spoke to BBC Sport about life since his announcement, and how he’s using his platform to help dispel some of the myths that still surround HIV.
‘I knew nothing about HIV’
For Thomas, being strong has always been important.
“It was, and still is, a big representation of what I am,” he says. “Physically, I like to stay in shape – because it also helps me to believe I can…
— to www.bbc.co.uk