Tim Tyler has kindly agreed to a second interview with me to enable us to continue our conversation and I’m excited to include the audio from our interview at the bottom of this article. Our first chat went for just over two hours and our second conversation went for just over two hours, so now you can listen to over four hours of conversations between Tim and myself, which gives you a great opportunity to learn more about Tim’s life and he willingly shares some wonderful insights with us as well. Tim also kindly provided me with some photos to include with this article, which is greatly appreciated.
The most recent World AIDS Day took place on December 1, 2021, which marked the 40th year of the first offical report of HIV/AIDS being reported in the United States, which was on June 5, 1981. What makes this article so symbolic, is that this is the 40th article I have published at Curious Chaser, which marks an important milestone based on the subject matter featured here. Tim started the Poz Pride events after noticing that nobody else was doing much to mark 40 years of HIV/AIDS, because it’s important to never forget the past, whilst also supporting the community today. Tim mentioned that HIV/AIDS was detected much earlier than 1981 (which I agree with) and Tim has shared a link with me that discusses the origins of HIV/AIDS, which I look forward sharing with you in the near future.
Tim has never been afraid to answer any questions I have asked him and I did include some tough questions this time around, particularly around the lack of people using the word AIDS and we also discussed Tim’s advanced HIV status as well, where he currently has an AIDS diagnosis based on his CD4 cells being 17, which Tim revealed is the lowest they have ever been. Tim will soon be getting updated results and he has started sharing more about his results at his Just for Fans page, so those of you wanting to see these updates can tune in there, which is where you can also enjoy watching all of Tim’s full length award-winning movies from Charged Up Media.
We also discussed Tim being one of the earliest bug chasers to document their HIV journey, where I pointed out that others wanting to embark on the same journey often look to Tim for guidance, as he has been there and experienced it and Tim shared some great insight about this in his interview. Tim also made an excellent point by saying that anyone who wants to chase the bug needs to make the decision based on their own reasons, which is so true, because we are all at different places in life, so we cannot do exactly the same thing someone else has done, because then it’s not our journey, it’s someone else’s. We need to do what feels right and make it happen the way we want it to, without doing what worked for someone else, which is great advice from Tim.
The beginning of our interview delved into the serious topic about people being afraid to use the word AIDS. Tim believes that it’s important for us to talk about AIDS to ensure we are being all inclusive, as he doesn’t want to count anyone out or make anyone feel excluded by leaving the word AIDS out by using alternatives instead. AIDS is still a taboo word and people often don’t know how to approach it. Tim noted that 1986 was the first year President Reagan first used to the word AIDS, which was five years after the first case of HIV/AIDS was officially reported. Tim quotes the words “silence equals death”, because nobody is talking about it, which can impact long term survivors.
Tim believes people need to be more upfront about their HIV status, because a lot of people have HIV or AIDS and they might feel afraid to speak openly about it and instead are containing this secret, which could be affecting the way they think or feel. HIV/AIDS is still a massive issue and there is currently no cure available, only a treatment to help people live with the condition. Tim said that some people soften the word AIDS and he has even used the term Kool-AIDS to still acknowledge it. Tim is concerned about his current CD4 count, but has revealed there are emergency brakes and lifejackets he can call upon if needed and he has been given some helpful by friends in the healthcare industry.
Our conversation shifted to porn models who are currently working in the industry and those thinking about it, where Tim acknowledged the porn industry is against HIV and bug chasing, but Tim was never afraid to be honest about his HIV status and highlighted the importance of there being a sense of community for those who have HIV/AIDS. Tim also said that you have a friend in him, so if any bareback performers are thinking about revealing their HIV status publicly and need some advice, you know who to contact. Tim estimates that a significant number of bareback performers are HIV-positive and there’s still a stigma that can result in performers being blacklisted, which is a shame.
When I asked Tim whether he would change anything he has done in life, it was reassuring to hear him say that he wouldn’t change anything at all, because he has done everything he wanted to do and he is very happy with how his life has unfolded. When you look at what Tim has done over the years, you can see that he has grabbed life by the horns and has gone for it. He has never been afraid to tackle serious issues and he has done so with pride and confidence and as someone who has admired him for a long time, it was great to hear this.
Tim also mentioned what he believes is the origins of HIV/AIDS and referenced a link he has provided me with, which I haven’t had an opportunity to read at this point, but I most certainly will be reading it and sharing more with you here as soon as I can. It was extremely interesting to listen to Tim as he described more about this, where it’s believed that AIDS was introduced into society in the mid 1970s in response to a growing number of Hepatitis B cases in the gay community. This involved a clinical trial with gay men under 40 years of age, where 1,000 people participated under the guidance of a doctor from Columbia University in New York City. Participants started seeing purple lesions on their skin, which was Kaposi’s sarcoma. It’s unknown whether the doctor added a variant to the vaccine, and because this clinical trial was backed through federal funding, if something was added to the vaccine, then Tim believes this equals people being stealthed by the government.
When it comes to bug chasers looking for support, Tim revealed that he is hyper alert when it comes to what he says, because he knows people are listening very carefully to every word he speaks. Tim said it feels very humbling when it comes to helping people pursue their chasing desires, but added that it comes down to each person knowing what they want first. I asked Tim about what it felt like to be unmedicated and he revealed that this came at an interesting time in his life, which was during the inception of Charged Up Media. Tim said he felt an electric charge from it and was hypnotised by the success of everything, with the studio going hand-in-hand with this personal health.
Tim elaborated by saying that he wanted to get HIV, but he never had a death wish. Society has a fear of HIV, but he added that there is no need to be afraid of it. Rather than being afraid, Tim pressed the fast forward button in his pursuit to become infected with the virus, because he wanted to live the new normal as responsibly as possible. Tim was glad he made decision to jump on medication at an early stage, but he’s also happy he had a medicine regime vacation as well so he could explore all aspects of the virus. When I asked Tim more about this, he responded by saying he has gone to every corner of the world and back again, but it can be a beautiful world, although it does have its darkest corners too. Tim’s advice is to do what you feel is right for yourself and live life the best way you want to live it. Life is a journey and a path you need to walk and enjoy on your own terms.
When it comes to bug chasing, Tim believes the less a person thinks about it, the more successful they will be, because the more you think about it, the less effective you will be. He added that it’s important to think about it, but don’t overthink it, because life is meant to be enjoyed, but also be selective about who you tell and have a good time. When you begin your chase, Tim said that it’s important to be patient, as conversion might not happen right away and to apply his excellent quote “no pain, no strain.” If you want the strain, you need to go through the pain, which involves emotional and physical labor and it can become a a full-time job to get yourself across the finish line, because it won’t just happen and nobody is going to wave a magic wand for you.
Our second conversation was fantastic in my opinion, because we delved deeper into some topics we discussed in the first interview, plus we discussed some other topics for the first time as well. I just want to finish by saying that for those who you who would like to meet Tim in person, you can do this by attending the HIV/AIDS Family Reunion on the Labor Day weekend on September 3 to September 5, 2022, which is a free event and your only expenses will be meals and spending money, hotel accommodation and transportation. In addition to meeting Tim, you will have the chance to meet other people as well and you can attend no matter what your HIV status is. Tim has been dropping some hints about a special treat you can expect to enjoy at the reunion and if you listen to the second interview, he dropped a massive hint that many will now know what to expect. Tim also revealed some extremely interesting information about what you can expect from a number of Charged Up Media movies, so make sure you tune in to listen to everything we discussed. Thank you Tim for enlightening us further about your life and your insights, it’s greatly appreciated.
Jason’s Second Interview with Tim Tyler
Links to Tim’s Websites, Platforms and Profiles
Charged Up Media – https://www.chargedupmedia.com
HIV/AIDS Family Reunion – https://mewe.com/e/hivaidsfamilyreunion2022
Just For Fans – https://justfor.fans/timtylerxxx
MeWe – https://mewe.com/i/timtyler5
Twitter – https://twitter.com/timtylerxxx
Featured Photo: Tim Tyler. All photographs are owned by Tim Tyler and have been used here with permission.
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Version Control: 1.0 – May 29, 2022: Original article published.