Bug chasers & Gift givers
Bug chasers: men looking to get themselves infected with HIV.
Gift givers: men with HIV who are willing to infect bug chasers.
The Gift: HIV
Bug Brothers: a group of positive men.
Charged Cum or Poz Cum: semen from an HIV positive man.
Fuck of death: intercourse where HIV infection takes place.
And here are some of the reasons Bug Chasers and Gift Givers give for engaging in what some refer to as ‘real sex’.
Gift Giver: “It completely turns me on to know that he wants my semen so much that he is willing to put his life at risk for it.”
Bug Chaser: “Now I feel that we share something beyond time and space.”
Bug Chaser: “living with HIV is like living with diabetes. You take a few pills and get on with your life.”
Bug Chaser: “It’s better to go out and get the virus than to live in fear of it. Gives me more control this way.”
Bug Chaser: “the instant I get HIV will be the most erotic thing I can imagine.”
Gift Giver: “I’m glad I was able to participate in converting a young man over the past weekend.”
Why do people participate in bug parties?
Many psychologists theorize that participation in bug parties is actually an anxiety disorder where the non-infected individuals fear getting HIV so greatly that they would rather contract it and free themselves of the anxiety of living in fear. These parties are also seen as a sort of club for those living with HIV. Infecting a HIV negative and willing participant initiates them into their world. Some people also engage in unprotected anal sex (or barebacking) as the fear for AIDS dangerously dwindles.
“The Gift” from filmmaker Louise Hogarth is a documentary about gay men who purposely contract HIV. According to Rolling Stone, one character in the film admits “I was relieved. I didn’t have to worry. Do I need to be careful — not any more.” Yet another willing 21-year-old regrets his choice. “I’ve made a terrible mistake and there’s no fixing that. There is no benefit in this and that’s what needs to be said.”