Ever heard of "bugchasing"?

mistre$$ mistre$$
My boyfriend told me that someone he knows had been telling him about discovering the term "bugchasing" the other day. I had never heard it, and I was shocked but not surprised that it exists.

Here is a page about it. He told me that often the people who do this do it to get benefits for it! I didn't know what to say, and I thought it seemed like a topic to share with the EF community. Has anyone else heard of this? Or am I the only one who hadn't? Thoughts?
11/06/2011
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KC Kitten KC Kitten
Wow...um...maybe if they were already infected and wanted to find other infected people it makes sense but....wow...
11/06/2011
KrazyKandy KrazyKandy
Why would anyone do this?
11/06/2011
mistre$$ mistre$$
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Originally posted by KC Kitten
Wow...um...maybe if they were already infected and wanted to find other infected people it makes sense but....wow...
I have heard of that, and that is beyond awful. People who knowingly infect others with diseases, specifically HIV/AIDS without telling them. Such a horrible thing to do, and can be considered manslaughter and murder/attempted murder.

Here's a page on that. Though both are bad, with "bugchasing" at least the person is knowingly do it and recognizes the consequences, rather than being deceived and forced to have a disease.
11/06/2011
mistre$$ mistre$$
"Some people consider bugchasing "intensely erotic" and the act of being infected as the "ultimate taboo, the most extreme sex act left".

To me, that just sounds like a plot point or line from the film Pink Flamingos. I don't really know what to do with that.
11/06/2011
mistre$$ mistre$$
I find fault with the fact that the Wikipedia link seems to just be targeting gay men for it, when that could not possibly be the case.
11/06/2011
badk1tty badk1tty
A close friend of mine is gay, so I know a bit about this. He explained that it's done so you don't have to live in fear and always wondering if you'll get it, if your partner has it, etc. With how medicatin is now, it's fairly easy to live a normal life with HIV. They don't do it to try to pass it on to others. On the contrary, once they get it, they only are with those whom are positive. It's meant to lessen the spread, and increase awareness.
11/06/2011
Peggi Peggi
From what I've heard, they don't actually have to be infected to do this or have the desire to do this. In fact, bugchasing is typically done by non-infected individuals.
11/06/2011
Ansley Ansley
Yes, I've heard of it and have known about it for some time now. It disturbs me to no end. How about we all get it and then hope that our DNA works out a way to create an immunity to it! No. Thank you. It is my understanding that AIDS patients still die horrible, drawn-out deaths. Granted, it was ten times worse without those medications in the past, but that's no reason to willingly infect yourself. The logic behind it simply blows my mind.
11/06/2011
mistre$$ mistre$$
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Originally posted by badk1tty
A close friend of mine is gay, so I know a bit about this. He explained that it's done so you don't have to live in fear and always wondering if you'll get it, if your partner has it, etc. With how medicatin is now, it's fairly easy ... More
"He explained that it's done so you don't have to live in fear and always wondering if you'll get it, if your partner has it, etc."

I find that to be incredibly sad.
11/06/2011
GonetoLovehoney GonetoLovehoney
This is the first I've heard of it, and this concerns me greatly. It makes me question the sanity of these people to knowingly get infected with a deadly and debilitating disease. I could understand being already infected and only having sexual contact with others that have HIV/AIDS.
11/06/2011
Angelica Angelica
I guess I can't even imagine the mindset that would go into chasing HIV. I know I would be very very very distraught (at the minimum) if I ever got it. I just cant see it from their point of view. Its just sad to me. Sad and counterproductive to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
11/06/2011
Elnoa Elnoa
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Originally posted by badk1tty
A close friend of mine is gay, so I know a bit about this. He explained that it's done so you don't have to live in fear and always wondering if you'll get it, if your partner has it, etc. With how medicatin is now, it's fairly easy ... More
Contracting VD just so you don't have to worry about whether or not you will get it? That's insane!
11/07/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
I've heard of this, yes, and the reasons behind it.

LGBTQI people are often facing such stigmas and oppression, that another barrier to a 'normal' life is the last thing some people want. The "freedom" to not worry about your sexual health (in that: you already know you have it, all you have to worry about now is managing it, rather than being paranoid and panicking every time you're intimate with someone)... Well, I GET it but I don't understand it.

It just makes me sad.
11/07/2011
Tessa Taboo Tessa Taboo
I am seriously disgusted. It seems like a suicide attempt or something. I just don't get it.
11/07/2011
mistre$$ mistre$$
At first, I was disgusted by it. After finding more insight on it, it makes me more sad than anything. I am sure there are people who do it and have sex with people who are not HIV/AIDS positive, and I believe that they should tell them, whether they use protection or not.
11/07/2011
sweetcaroline sweetcaroline
that's fascinating. and sad at the same time.
11/10/2011
bayosgirl bayosgirl
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Originally posted by Elnoa
Contracting VD just so you don't have to worry about whether or not you will get it? That's insane!
I agree x1000
11/10/2011
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