The 35-year-old Australian gymnast, Ji Wallace, who won a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, has now made it known that he is HIV positive.
Inspired by fellow Olympian Greg Louganis' fight with HIV, and his attitude of not keeping it under wraps and hiding from the world, Wallace thought it right to make his 'HIV positive status' known to the public.
AdvertisementLouganis' recent appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight and Anderson Cooper's 'coming out' letter last month, which underlined the importance of 'being seen and heard' in the face of difficulties with peers, colleagues, family and friends, seemed to strike a chord with the Australian sportsman.
"Being seen does have value. A voice does have value. I have the support of my boyfriend, my great friends and my loving parents. Many do not and this is, in part, for them," he added.