bug chasing

bug chasing

A popular term for practice by an HIV-negative gay male of engaging in sex with HIV-infected individuals in order to contract HIV.
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We observe behaviors such as the so-called bareback 9 (performance of intentional unprotected anal sex between men who are not steady partners); bug chasing 10 (virus chasers), the act of performing bareback sex when one of the participants is HIV+ and the other is not; and gift giver 10 (the one giving a gift) (HIV+individuals who lend themselves to donate their virus to those who wish to receive it).
Some HIV-related search terms used were unprotected sex, barebacking/ bareback, and bug chasing. Search was conducted in Spanish and English, with no determination regarding the year the study was published.
A Quest for belonging: exploring the story of the bug chasing phenomenon.
Bug Chasing and Gift Giving: The Potential for HIV transmission Among Barebackers on the Internet.
The reckless practice, known as bug chasing, started in the US as a bizarre means of getting a sexual high from risk-taking, the Mirror reported.
Bug chasing is so new to the UK it is impossible to say how many men are involved.
An investigation by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003 claimed a quarter of all new HIV transmissions in the US could be attributed to bug chasing. ( ANI )
Bug chasing needs to be addressed, both by the NHS and the education system, so that people are aware of the risks from a young age and receive the help they need if they are feeling compelled to act this way."
It's a debate, Hogarth says, that gay people need to have, and not because she believes bug chasing is a growing trend.
Bug chasing is so new to Europe it is impossible to say how many men are involved.
"Bug chasing needs to be addressed, both by the UK's NHS and the education system, so that people are aware of the risks from a young age and receive the help they need if they are feeling compelled to act this way."