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Learn More about PrEP and PEP from a Bug Chasing Perspective

Learn More about PrEP and PEP from a Bug Chasing Perspective

This is probably going to be one of the most unpopular articles I will ever publish, as PrEP is often seen as the enemy when it comes to bug chasing or gift giving. There are times when PrEP can be useful to help a bug chaser on their journey of self-discovery. I have received some questions about PrEP from those who are sitting on the fence or wanting to psyche themselves up to take the next step, which is why I decided to publish this article. Bug chasers might decide to take PrEP for a number of reasons, particularly those who consider it to be more of a fantasy or fetish. If this topic interests you, then please keep reading to learn more about PrEP and the options available.

PrEP is the acronym for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, which is an antiviral drug that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 for those who are considered to be at high-risk of HIV infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when the medication is taken as prescribed, but this rate drops to 74% for those who are injecting drugs. Understandably, the medication is less effective when it’s not taken as prescribed. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) actually came before PrEP and was introduced in 2005, with the difference between the two medications being that PrEP contains 2 drugs and is used before potential exposure, while PEP contains 3 drugs and is used after potential exposure.

A bottle of a generic version of Truvada / Wiki Commons.
Photo: A bottle of a generic version of Truvada / Wiki Commons.

Many people still believe that PrEP is a pill that must be taken daily, because this was the recommendation that was reinforced when the drug was first approved and adherence is one of the most important requirements when it comes to maintaining its effectiveness. As further studies have taken place, advancements have been made, so there’s now a number of ways the medication can be taken, which means different personal circumstances can be taken into consideration for those who want to take it, which is important, as we are all unique. Before we explore the different delivery and dosage options, let’s consider some of the reasons why bug chasers might want to take PrEP.

Some people consider themselves bug chasers based on having a bug chasing mindset, but they might not be ready to take the physical step that leads them towards becoming infected with HIV. There could be a range of reasons for this, from not being ready, to those who consider bug chasing as a fantasy only. It’s important to note that some people who have bug chasing desires may want to remain HIV-negative in the long-term and consider HIV only as a fetish or fantasy and there’s nothing wrong with this, because we are all at different stages in our lives, so our thought processes may continue to evolve and things can change. Some bug chasers may also choose to put their chase on hold for personal or medical reasons.

PrEP is available in both pill and shot versions, with Truvada; a combination of tenofovir disoproxil and emtricitabine, the first type of PrEP that was approved for use, which involves taking a pill either daily or on-demand. Descovy is a combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide and is also administered via a pill daily or on-demand, with both brands manufactured by Gilead Sciences. You can learn more about the different pill dosage options in the next section of this article. In late 2021, a long-acting injectable was approved for use in some countries called Apretude (cabotegravir), which does not require taking a pill, but the downside with injections is that they need to be administered by a healthcare professional each time, which can make this option inconvenient.

Daily PrEP (Pill)
If you have a high amount of unprotected sex, daily PrEP might work best for you, which involves taking 1 pill each day for as long as needed. If you are a cisgendered male who has sex with men, you can take 2 pills (a double dose) at least 2 to 24 hours before sex on day 1 to become highly protected, followed by a daily pill after this, but for other people, they need to take the pill daily for 7 days to reach the full level of protection.

On-Demand PrEP (Pill)
Also known as intermittent, non-daily or event-driven, if you are a cisgendered male who has sex with men, you can apply the 2-1-1 method, by taking 2 pills on day 1 (a double dose), which needs to be done 2 to 24 hours before sex, then take 1 pill on day 2 and 1 pill on day 3. If you are enjoying extended sexual encounters, then make sure you take 1 pill after the last day you had sex, followed by 1 more pill the day after this. It’s important to add that this method is not currently approved by the FDA and is not recommended by the CDC. In addition, more research has been done with Truvada using this method, so Descovy is not recommended for 2-1-1 at this time.

Periodic PrEP (Pill)
This is similar to the daily PrEP regime, where you take 1 pill each day for the required period of time. This could be seasonal, say summertime when you might be more sexually adventurous or for special events, such as pride. If you are a cisgendered male who is having sex with men, you can use the 2 pills on day 1 method to establish a high level of protection, then continue taking 1 pill each day until required. It’s important to continue taking PrEP for 2 more days following the last sexual encounter for it to be effective.

Injectable PrEP (Shot)
Long-lasting injectable PrEP was approved in 2021 and is taken every 2 months and is administered by a healthcare professional after the initiation injections have been given 1 month apart for 2 consecutive months. These shots need to be administered by a healthcare provider each time they are required and the injections must be given as scheduled. Anyone who misses a scheduled injection by more than 7 days needs to contact their healthcare provider right away. Injectable PrEP is not recommended for those who are injecting drugs.

PEP (Pill)
For situations where you weren’t taking PrEP and you were exposed to HIV following a high-risk sexual encounter, you can choose to take Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) within 72 hours of the event for a period of 4 weeks. It’s recommended that this course of medication be taken within 24 hours of the event for it to be most effective, but longer than this is fine, although it can only be prescribed up to 72 hours after the possible exposure to the virus, with 72 hours being the maximum length of time possible for the medication to work.

A bottle of Descovy / Wiki Commons.
Photo: A bottle of Descovy / Wiki Commons.

You might be wondering why the dosage is different for those who are not cisgendered males having anal sex. This is because there can be differences relating to hormones and also for those who are using gender-affirming hormones and having vaginal sex. The medication works more quickly when it comes to cisgendered males having sex with men, so it’s important to understand this difference when it comes to dosage. A healthcare professional will consider your personal circumstances when it comes to providing you with medical advice and please remember that the information here is general in nature.

It was confirmed during the PrEP trials that there can be some side-effects including headache, nausea, flatulence and the potential for renal injury. The side-effects reported in the trials were apparently uncommon and were usually resolved within the first month of taking PrEP, which is known as ‘start-up syndrome’. It’s also important to note that some of the symptoms can vary between Truvada and Descovy. The benefits of On-Demand PrEP can include less medication in your system and it could also be a cost-saving measure, considering you are not required to take as many pills. The injectable option is great based on not having to remember to take pills regularly or having to purchase the medication from a pharmacy, but you do need to visit a healthcare professional every 2 months after the initial phase, which could be an inconvenience for some.

There’s various ways PrEP can be delivered to your system and different ways the medication can be taken, which can be adjusted to your personal circumstances should you or a healthcare professional feel it’s suitable. This article has not been written to force you to take PrEP, but as this website discusses all aspects of HIV and considers the pros and cons of bug chasing and gift giving, it is important for this topic to be discussed. You need to do what’s right for you, as you are responsible for making decisions in your life, so this information has been presented for your consideration, along with external resources below to help you learn more, should you be interested.

Further Reading:
Apretude – https://apretude.com
Descovy – https://www.descovy.com
Truvada – https://www.truvada.com

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September 20 Marks the First Anniversary of Curious Chaser

September 20 Marks the First Anniversary of Curious Chaser

Time flies when you’re having fun is the saying that comes to mind when I describe how it feels to have reached the first anniversary of Curious Chaser. September 20 is the day when this website was officially “turned on” after I had spent several months beforehand preparing for what the website has now become. I am proud of the articles I have written, but I am even more proud of everyone who has joined me to become a part of this website through the several interactive features on offer here, which has created a supportive community for those of us who are on the bug chasing path and wanting to learn more about bug chasing.

As I have mentioned previously, I have had bug chasing thoughts entering my mind for over 15 years and initially, I just kept pushing these thoughts aside, thinking they were temporary and would eventually go away. They kind of did at first, but they never went too far away, as these thoughts would always return, so I would keep following the same pattern of just ignoring them and waiting for them to disappear. It was kind of like a yo-yo effect, where my mind would become fixated on bug chasing, which I would think about briefly, then I would forget about it. This thought process went on for more than 10 years, where the gaps in between these thoughts were quite long at first, but over time, the gaps shortened, to the point where the thoughts are pretty much constantly with me.

When I made the decision to start learning more about bug chasing, I became confused and bewildered when I tried to find articles online that would be helpful to someone who wanted to learn more about bug chasing with the aim of helping them understand themselves better. I found a higher number of unhelpful articles than articles that were useful. The articles were either scientific and designed for healthcare professionals, so they were written from a medical standpoint and the other perspective came from the media who often tried to create controversy through their writing style, which created stigma and made anyone who had a bug chasing identity feel isolated and as though they had something else wrong with them.

Being unable to find resources that were helpful to anyone who identifies as a bug chaser or who thinks they might be a bug chaser is what inspired me to create this website. I figured that if I come across information pertaining to bug chasing that is helpful to me, it might be helpful to others as well, because we are not alone, although many of us remain silent about who we are because of the way many people judge us. Having access to information that is written specifically for those of us who want to learn more about bug chasing to try to understand ourselves is extremely important, which is why I am very proud of this website and those of you who have become a part of it.

Since this website was launched, I have published 48 articles and I have created several interactive features, where everyone can get involved. The first interactive feature was the original bug chasing survey, which received 295 responses in 3 months. This survey will now be held annually and the current survey includes both bug chasing and gift giving sections. Everyone has the ability to leave comments on any of the articles I publish, which is a great way to help shape the articles by giving them an extra dimension through contributions that may include different perspectives. The biggest interactive feature involves the forums, where registered members can participate in 8 different forums that are exclusively related to bug chasing or gift giving, with 76 topics and 698 posts posted in the past 5 months.

What makes Curious Chaser an important place for bug chasers is the ability for us to all learn and share information and experiences. Some of the website sections are accessible only to registered members, due to the need to create a safe space that enables an open discussion about bug chasing and gift giving and it’s easy to become a registered member if you aren’t already one and access is completely free. It’s also possible to join the mailing list in addition to this, so you can be notified of new articles the second they are published. The main menu bar at the top of each page includes additional options for logged in members, including access to the forums, members directory, user profile page, along with the ability to send private messages to other registered members.

The creation of this website has not been without its technical issues, as I have rapidly had to learn new things, because I’m not a website developer and I do not work in the information technology field. Some of the issues that have plagued this website were the result of having extremely high security settings, which still remain, but they were previously so tight, that registered members were being locked out. I have resolved this now and I also needed to upgrade my web hosting package to cope with the growing number of members and interactive features, plus I have switched to more sophisticated forum software, as the original one was basic and struggled to function reliably.

You might at times experience blank pages with messages such as “503 Service Unavailable. The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.” This is because the interactive applications use a lot of server resources, but also because this website has become popular with people trying to break in to the backend. So far there have been 11,560 blocked malicious login attempts in less than 12 months according to the brute force attack protection I have implemented and this sometimes causes my server to temporarily go offline. If you receive this error, just wait a few seconds and press the refresh / reload button, which should resolve the issue.

Curious Chaser is fully funded by myself to keep the website free for everyone. There are numerous ongoing expenses involved with running this website, from web hosting to annual software licenses. I also don’t feature any website advertising, which is extremely rare for a website, but my goal is to provide information that is objective, which means all distractions have been removed so you can focus solely on the subject matter at hand, which is bug chasing and gift giving. I have received several offers of financial assistance, which I am grateful for, but I have kindly declined. If you want to show your support, all I ask is for you to contribute by interacting in the forums, commenting on articles if you have something you would like to add, or just spend time here, which doesn’t cost you a cent, just some of your time.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for being here and for making Curious Chaser a better place for those of us who need a resource such as this. I will continue researching topics and publishing articles that are relevant and I will also endeavour to keep the existing articles updated, so they remain relevant, no matter when you read them. If you are struggling with your emotions or trying to figure yourself out, just know that you are not alone and there are many of us around the world in a similar situation as yourself. If you need professional assistance, please seek this from a qualified person, as the articles published here are general in nature, so having a one-on-one discussion with a professional who knows your circumstances is extremely important.

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Exploring Bug Chasing from a Different Cultural Perspective

Exploring Bug Chasing from a Different Cultural Perspective

The world is a pretty big place, with many different cultures and various languages that exist around the globe, but based on human nature, we might not often take much notice of what happens in some of these different countries. I recently came across an article about bug chasing that was published in 2012 by Outrage Magazine, which is a gay, bisexual and transgender publication from the Philippines. HIV is a significant issue for the gay community in the Philippines, so Outrage Magazine has an entire “POZ” section, featuring articles covering HIV/AIDS issues, with an impressive number of articles discussing the topic for those wanting to read more.

So you want to be HIV+?” is an article written by Michael David dela Cruz Tan that was published on December 1, 2012, which was a date that coincided with World AIDS Day. This is not the first publication to publish an article about bug chasing on World AIDS Day, which could be purely coincidental or perhaps not. The article refers to a hookup profile on Gay Romeo, which is now known as Romeo, as the name better embraces all sexualities. Barebackpozzer is the guy who became the main subject for the author’s article, with his hookup profile saying “bottom/top slut likes fuck now, anyone interested? i have nice pozz load! i like pozz other young ass | only bareback.

An original graphic featured in the Outrage Magazine article So you want to be HIV+?

Barebackpozzer reveals he is a 24-year old guy from France, who is visiting the Philippines on vacation and he only fucks bareback and has HIV-positive cum for those who want it. The author points out that Filipinos have a penchant for caucasian guys, based on them being “arguably affected by colonial mentality“, which indicates they may ignore some of the risk factors they may have considered if the same information was presented to them from someone who is the same race as them. Penis size is also another consideration for Filipinos according to the article, so the fact that barebackpozzer refers to having an XL size dick, could be another factor that influences decisions, where guys let him fuck them bareback, no matter what his HIV status is.

This bareback profile piqued the interest of the author and made him wonder about the presence of bug chasing in the Phillipines. There have been no known studies carried out about bug chasing in the Philippines, although there is an extremely high number HIV cases involving men who have sex with men, due to the prevalence of unsafe sexual behaviours putting gay guys at a higher level of risk. Based on the high number of HIV infections in the Philippines involving men who have sex with men, it does make you wonder whether there is a level of subconscious bug chasing taking place, as bareback sex in the Philippines is extremely risky based on the high number of HIV infections in the gay community, with many of these cases involving guys who are not aware of their HIV+ status.

An original graphic featured in the Outrage Magazine article So you want to be HIV+?

Let’s take a look at some of the statistics relating to more recent times to bring this article into context with the current timeframe. According to an article that appeared in Volume 4 of The Lancelot in February 2019, The Philippines is facing the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the western Pacific, with a 174% increase in HIV incidence between 2010 and 2017. There were 1,047 new cases in August 2019 alone, with men who have sex with men accounting for 84% of new infections. UNAIDS estimated that only 67% of people living with HIV knew their positive status, with 55% having a CD4 count lower than 200 at the time of diagnosis. The Philippines is composed of more than 7,000 islands, which creates a barrier for effective and reliable healthcare delivery. Other factors relating to HIV testing can also involve guys being ashamed to admit to have sex with other guys, so they may avoid getting tested, which prevents them from knowing their true HIV status and contributes to new HIV infections.

In the latest figures using data from 2021 released by UNAIDS, 130,000 men over the age of 15 years are infected with HIV in the Philippines, based on a data range between 120,000 and 140,000. Out of this number, 20,000 men aged 15 and over have been newly infected with HIV, based on a data range between 18,000 and 20,000, which is significantly lower than women newly infected in this age group (1,500 based on a data range between 1,300 and 1,700). There has been a sharp percentage increase in new HIV infections of 327% since 2010, with 56,241 out of 130,000 men receiving antiretroviral treatment. These statistics show that the number of HIV infections taking place in the Philippines is extremely high, which is a differing trend taking place in many other parts of the world for the same time period. This means that anyone wanting to protect themselves, needs to be proactive through the use of PrEP, although difficult access to this medication may be a factor that’s leading to these statistics.

An original graphic featured in the Outrage Magazine article So you want to be HIV+?

The article written by Michael David dela Cruz Tan was very well researched and not judgemental, with the references he used included at the end of his article, for anyone who wishes to read more from these information sources. Going back to the timeframe used in this article (2012), 60% of the cumulative infections reported were between 2009 and 2012, which increased from 1 new case detected every 3 days in 2006 to 1 new case every 2 to 3 hours (or 8 to 10 cases per day) in the first quarter of 2012. These numbers appear to have increased even more significantly in 2021, based on the latest data that’s currently available. In September 2012, 316 new HIV cases were reported in the Philippines, with 96% of these cases involving males, with the main mode of transmission being sexual contact (312 out of 316 cases), with males having sex with other males being the predominant type of sexual transmission at 82%.

When you consider these numbers, it makes you wonder whether any of the statistics include those who intentionally became infected with HIV. In the earlier days of HIV infections around the world at a time before PrEP started becoming available in 2012, many bug chasers intentionally became infected with HIV, because they enjoyed having bareback sex and disliked using condoms. Many of these guys chose to become infected with the virus, because they felt it would be inevitable anyway and they wanted to be more in control of when their infection took place. PrEP may not be readily available in the Philippines and condom usage appears to be low in the gay community, which means guys having unprotected sex are either ignoring the high level of risk associated with their sexual encounters or they are accepting the inevitable, which could be either passively or actively bug chasing depending on their thought processes.

An original graphic featured in the Outrage Magazine article So you want to be HIV+?

According to Love Yourself, PrEP first became available in the Philippines in 2017 through a demonstration project called PrEP Pilipinas (PrEPPY), which ran for two years and involved 250 men who had sex with other men. Due to its success, PrEP Pilipinas then scaled up and instituted a program in June 2019 offering PrEP for 1,500 pesos per bottle, which contains 30 tablets (a one month supply) when the medication is taken daily, plus the service costs involved at the beginning is approximately 500 pesos, so approximately 2,000 pesos is required for those who want to get started. This cost may be significant for those living in the Philippines, with the average monthly wage being 44,600 pesos. It has also been revealed that 7 out of 10 youth are ashamed to buy condoms, so due to the cost of PrEP and the shame involved with purchasing condoms, this could partly explain the reason why there has been an explosion in the number of HIV infections taking place in the Philippines in recent times.

When the author spoke with a number of guys in their 20’s who frequently attended orgies that “take pride in non-use of condoms” about their thoughts, John said that in these sex gatherings, “you don’t know who’s giving you what, so it’s exciting” with bigNjuicy adding “the forbidden is delicious” and “Skin on skin still feels better. Whatever happens is up to you.” besthunkmale said that based on it being spur of the moment “if he’s hot, there’s no discussion” and hot_dante02 said that after becoming infected, “the conversation about safer sex is done“, indicating that discussions about safer sex no longer need to be had. Based on these comments, it does seem as though there are some cases of bug chasing taking place in the Philippines, but those involved are most likely being more discreet about the process and may be secretly taking steps to get infected. It sounds as though becoming infected with HIV in the Philippines is not overly difficult when you consider the growing statistics.

An original graphic featured in the Outrage Magazine article So you want to be HIV+?

Another Gay Romeo user named 090SPARKS who is open about his HIV-positive status reveals that people who approach him do not directly ask him about his HIV status, those who want to have sex with him just do and don’t seem to care about his HIV status. One guy who asked him to join him for orgies said he didn’t think 090SPARKS’s HIV status was an issue, whereas barebackpozzer was openly promoting gift giving. 090SPARKS is more interested in spreading knowledge about HIV awareness, by making others aware that it’s with you for a lifetime, although the article did not elaborate whether he would willingly share the gift with anyone who accepted the risks and asked him to infect them.

The takeout from this article is that the Philippines is currently experiencing an issue that many countries around the world experienced many years ago. Most of these other countries have now managed to reduce the number of HIV infections through the use of PrEP to protect those who are HIV-negative from being infected with the virus and those who are HIV-positive are also taking medication that reduces their viral load to an undetectable level so the virus cannot be transmitted to other people. Due to the complexities involved with distributing PrEP to those in the Philippines who need it at a price that’s affordable in a country where those who want to access the medication might feel judged, this means that the virus will continue to thrive. This could lead to some people playing Russian roulette when it comes to sex or others taking control of their destiny by becoming infected on purpose, because for them, they might feel it is inevitable they will become infected.

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Enjoy the Sizzling Lineup of Bareback Movies from Charged Up Media

Enjoy Watching the Sizzling Lineup of Bareback Movies from Charged Up Media

Charged Up Media could be considered the most unique gay porn studio in the world, based on its core values to eradicate stigmas associated with HIV/AIDS and body shaming. Charged Up Media, or CUM as many of us like to call it, is the studio that fetishises Poz Play, which was launched in 2019 by Tim Tyler. Many of you would have seen Tim working for other gay porn studios over the years, including Centaur Films, Dick Wadd, Dirty Dawg Productions, Hot Desert Knights Productions, Jet Set Productions, Pacific Sun Entertainment, Raging Stallion Studios, Show Guys Productions and Treasure Island Media, but it’s Tim’s own studio that reinforces his passion for producing porn that breaks through the barriers and embraces what many are afraid to even talk about. Charged Up Media comprises seven bareback titles, with the impressive number of awards won by the studio confirming the popularity of these movies with viewers.

Tim Tyler's Raven's Eden Poz Pride Awards

While most gay porn studios have a rigid STI testing and sero-sorting policy, Charged Up Media has welcomed all models, regardless of their HIV status to perform in movies produced by the studio. This provides opportunities for those who participate in the movies to unleash their sexual energy freely, without feeling like they are being limited or restricted and creates an inclusive environment where the models can explore their sexual appetites with other models, as multiple cameras capture the action for the viewing pleasure of those of us enjoying the movies. Tim describes his movies by saying “Charged Up Media openly fetishises Poz Play, where all participants, regardless of their HIV status, glorify the virus in order to achieve sexual gratification. So for the first time since the 1980s, Charged Up Media provides a platform allowing performers to feel openly comfortable for who they are, and for viewers to enjoy being part of a community away from stigmatic pain and emotional isolation.

When you watch the collection of movies produced by Charged Up Media, you will appreciate the wide array of models, who vary from the ages 20 to 75 years, who have different body shapes and sizes, colours and demographic variances, which embraces inclusivity and allows the models to feel comfortable working for a studio who accepts them for who they are and does not judge them in any way. The models are also relatable to the viewers, because the guys are real and not pretending to be someone they aren’t, which makes the performances relatable and not just performers who are actors trying to be someone they aren’t.

Tim is involved in all facts of his production company, from model recruitment, to video production and everything else in between. This personal touch adds another important element to the videos, which is the fact that Tim has had full control over each production, and this provides a consistent approach with each title and means he has been able to focus on key elements that make the videos stand out, such as including captions and subtitles, so we don’t miss hearing any of the verbal that we might have missed as our eyes are glued to the action unfolding right before us and it helps us to know what to expect from each of the films.

Tim has been HIV-positive since 1999 when he was 25 years of age and he revealed during an earlier interview with me that his viral load was detectable at the time he appeared in his Charged Up Media scenes and it’s believed that other models were also detectable at the time based on subtitles saying so throughout the films. Some of the models are also believed to have been HIV-negative at the time of filming, but due to HIPAA laws, Tim is unable to personally disclose the status of any of his models, which means this information can only be revealed by the models themselves (which some do on film), so it’s important to understand that whilst models in the movies may have been paired with models who have a different HIV status.

Dirty Cum Whores - Charged Up Media

The first Charged Up Media title released is called Dirty Cum Whores, which won the “Best Niche/Fetish Film” in the 2020 Raven’s Eden Awards. This movie features “five whores” with a reference made to “100 years positive”, which is based on five people living with HIV being able to sustain a cumulative life expectancy of 100 years. There’s a surprise sixth scene in this movie called “Zero Years Poz”, which leads us to believe that one of the models was newly infected. Tim is unable to stay anymore than this, but let me tell you that the sixth scene adds an element of mystery and makes you think about the possibility that one of the models may have been infected during the production of this movie.

NEXXXT! - Charged Up Media

The second Charged Up Media title is called NEXXXT! and features three sizzling scenes, with the fourth scene showcasing deleted unedited material for each scene. This movie won the “Hottest Poz Group Scene” in the 2021 Poz Pride Awards. If you love bareback sex orgies, you’re going to love this title, because Tim revealed that this movie is one of Charged Up Media’s most popular films and I can see why. There’s so much action happening in the movie including multiple frames at times, so you are going to need to stay attentive, but it also means if you miss something, you’re going to see something else the next time you watch it, so this is a title you’re going to need to watch over and over to make sure you see everything.

POZ - Charged Up Media

POZ is the third title released by Charged Up Media and features an entire cast of HIV-positive models. This movie was the winner of the Hottest Poz Movie” in the 2021 Poz Pride Awards and the winner of “Best Niche/Fetish Film” in the 2021 Raven’s Eden Awards. The movie features five scenes with the #PozPride hashtag, but you also get some bonus deleted material squeezed between each scene that adds some extra excitement as you explore the action in the feature film scenes. What makes this movie more intense, is the fact that the models are proud to show their Poz Pride, so you will hear plenty of poz verbal and subtitles to add some emphasis to them accepting their HIV-positive status, which is not only hot to hear, but this also helps reduce stigmas for any viewers who might also be HIV-positive and feel ashamed of their status.

Hot Trash - Charged Up Media

Hot Trash is a collection of scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor, but later became the fourth title released by Charged Up Media, so they didn’t make it into an official title, but that does not mean they aren’t any good. The first scene is a solo featuring Keenan Smith, who ended up winning the “Best Solo Scene” in the 2021 Raven’s Eden Awards, with the remaining four scenes involving action. I would like to draw your attention to the fifth scene, which is called “The Chaser”, but it’s unknown whether one of the participants was HIV-negative and whether a successful conversion took place during the filming on this video, but even though we can’t receive any confirmation due to the HIPAA laws, you can still enjoy the fantasy and think what you would like the outcome to be as you’re stroking your dick.

The Life and Times of Pandemic Man-Pussy - Charged Up Media

The Life and Times of Pandemic Man-Pussy is the sixth title from Charged Up Media, which is a shorter movie featuring two scenes, but they’re really hot, with this title landing Charged Up Media the winner of “Best Niche/Fetish Film” award in the 2022 Raven’s Eden Awards. This movie was filmed during the time with COVID-19 was in full-swing wreaking havoc around the world, which it still is, so it was quite an accomplishment for Tim to be able to get his models together to film this movie. Even though this is a shorter film compared to the other titles released by Charged Up Media, it’s packed with sizzling footage, so you won’t want to miss checking out this great title.

Hot Trash 2 - Charged Up Media

Hot Trash 2 is the seventh title released by Charged Up Media and it’s another title containing four scenes that never made it to an official Charged Up Media release. I don’t know about you, but when you watch this title, you might be wondering why it never made it to an official release, because the action is hot and is certainly intense enough to make it enjoyable. Tim shot plenty of great footage, so I can see why he wants to share it with us, so the Hot Trash titles really are hot and not really trash but more treasure in my opinion.

The Best of CUM - Charged Up Media

The final title to be released from Charged Up Media (at the current time) is The Best (of) CUM and includes a selection of viewers’ favourite CUM scenes. You will enjoy watching five scenes in this movie, along with some additional information that didn’t appear in the original scenes, such as how the movie was filmed, along with background information about models and music. The beginning of this movie introduces a future production called “The Shed”, so let’s remain hopeful that this film eventuates at some point in the future.

You will find captions that let you know when one of the models is ejaculating inside another, because the guys don’t usually pull out to cum, they fuck their loads directly inside, which is why the captions are helpful to reinforce the loads getting bred nice and deep. In addition to the captions, you’ll also enjoy seeing subtitles to highlight what is being said including references such as toxic and unmedicated to getting knocked up and recharged. My dick stood at full mast when I read “Tomboy blows his poz load into Maverick, a chaser. Maverick also gets Big Willy’s load.” And when Tim asked Brandon whether he plays with a lot of toxic dudes and his reply is “yes“. Brandon also reveals that being HIV-positive is like being in a very special club, along with him being a successful chaser, where it took him a few years to become positive.

There’s a couple of ways you can watch movies from Charged Up Media including Tim’s channels at JustFor.Fans and Raw Fuck Club, but the best way to watch everything in my opinion is to watch them at Tim’s Just.ForFans channel, because this is where you can watch every full-length movie from Charged Up Media for one low price, which is only $9.99 a month, which represents excellent value for money and your monthly subscription also supports Tim and his work. In addition to Tim producing a lineup of unique and exciting bareback movies, he’s also a big supporter of the HIV/AIDS community and their friends, which is why supporting Tim is so important, because he’s someone we respect and he deserves our support, so please visit Tim’s JustFor.Fans channel, where you will have instant access to every movie released by Charged Up Media once you sign up to his channel.

Jason’s Third Interview with Tim Tyler

Tim Tyler was kind enough to spend nearly two hours with me discussing Charged Up Media. If you have listened to our first two interviews, you will know that Tim kindly answers any question that gets presented to him. I am grateful for Tim spending over six hours collectively with me to make these interviews happen. If you want to learn more about some behind the scenes details, production insights and a commentary about each of the Charged Up Media titles, press the play button below, as Tim shared some great information with us.

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Watch how HIV Infects CD4 T-cells in this Scientific Video


If you have ever wondered what HIV looks like when it infects a CD4 T-cell, you will likely find this video fascinating, as it captures the first time HIV transmission has ever been filmed live. The video you are about to watch includes a series of short videos merged into one by LiveScience. The videos were filmed by a team of French researchers who were successful in filming HIV infecting a healthy cell. Before the video could be recorded, the scientists needed to build an experimental model that mimicked genital mucosa being infected by genital fluids that was suitable for live imaging.

The videos demonstrate how once an HIV-infected cell has attached itself to the CD4 T-cell, the HIV-infected cell shoots out a string of viral particles. The virus is then transported through the outer layer of tissue, allowing the inner immune cells to become infected. After a couple of hours, the HIV-infected cell detaches itself from the CD4 T-cell and moves on carrying HIV inside it. The CD4 T-cell becomes destroyed by this process and can no longer function as an immune system defender, which over time, results in the CD4 T-cell count in the body reducing as the viral load increases.

HIV transmission has not been studied much and we had no precise idea of the exact sequence of events leading to HIV infection of genital fluids during sexual intercourse. Neither did we know how immune cells are infected and what the consequences are. The vast majority of new HIV infections are acquired via the genital and rectal mucosa; however, the outer layer, the epithelium, of those tissues varies and affects how HIV enters the body.

Morgane Bomsel, Research Team Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

The researchers reconstructed in vitro human male urethral mucosa based on human cells, the surface of which had been engineered to be red, and an infected white blood cell that was engineered to be fluorescent green and in turn would produce fluorescent green HIV infectious particles. They had to render the system fluorescent to be able to visualise it and track HIV entry in the mucosa by live fluorescent scanning and devise a system to allow the microscope lens to visualise the contact between the cells. UNAIDS Senior Science Adviser, Peter Godfrey-Faussett, called this “a remarkable and beautiful insight into cells associated with viral transmission.”

Chain of Events of HIV-1 Transmission to Macrophages in Genital Tissue following Virological Synapse Formation
Graphic: Chain of Events of HIV-1 Transmission to Macrophages in Genital Tissue following Virological Synapse Formation / French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

What really captured the researchers attention was when they recorded the spillage of a string of viruses from the HIV cell, like a “gun showering bullets”, which identified how HIV infects CD4 T-cells. The researchers also found that this “spillage” lasts for a couple of hours, before the cell detaches itself and moves on, looking for another cell to infect as part of the reproduction process. For HIV to survive, the virus needs to continue replicating inside the human body, so this transmission process continues to evolve, which makes the virus stronger, which simultaneously weakens the body’s immune system.

When I was watching this, I immediately thought to myself about how this scientific discovery is so closely aligned to sexual intercourse. The HIV-infected cell is considered to be the donor, so once it enters the body of the HIV-negative person through unprotected sex, it starts looking for a cell to infect, and this cell becomes the target, which is similar to the reproductive process when sperm is searching for an egg to fertilise. Once the HIV-infected cell has found what it’s looking for (the CD4 T-cell), it attaches itself to the cell, then shoots streams of viral particles into the cell, which mimics the sexual act of breeding. Take this sexual comparison a step further and the donor could be considered a gifter and the target could be considered a chaser in terms of bug chasing and gift giving.

Many of the articles you will find about HIV transmission are scientific, so being able to watch this video where the infection process is made very clear really helps you understand on a visual level how this works inside the body. Once HIV infects a CD4 T-cell, it renders the protective qualities of the white blood cell useless by destroying its ability to protect the body. I have also included a graphic that came from the same source to help you more easily understand the HIV infection process, which shows the CD4 T-cell getting infected, before HIV is transferred into the cell, where it then takes control of the cell.

External Websites and Source:
– Live Imaging of HIV-1 Transfer across T Cell Virological Synapse to Epithelial Cells that Promotes Stromal Macrophage Infection – https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(18)30570-9
– LiveScience Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPMpD-Zkv6g

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Version Control: 1.0 – August 13, 2022: Original article published.

House of Numbers is an HIV/AIDS Documentary from Brent W. Leung

House of Numbers is an HIV/AIDS Documentary from Filmmaker Brent W. Leung

We know a lot more about HIV/AIDS in the current day, but when HIV/AIDS was discovered in the early days, those in the research community or positions of power seemed to struggle with understanding what was happening for a prolonged period of time. Professional opinions often varied, which culminated in a lot of confusion for those who wanted to learn more about the issues that were taking place, particularly those who had become infected and wanted to know what was happening and what could be done to treat the symptoms and effects of the virus. There were no consistencies in the early days it seemed either, with countries creating their own definitions and when you look back, there was a considerable amount of disarray when it came to figuring out what HIV/AIDS was and then working towards finding a cure, which we still haven’t found to this day, only treatments that can suppress the virus and cost the consumer money.

Brent W. Leung
Photo: Brent W. Leung

Canadian filmmaker Brent W. Leung decided he wanted to learn more about HIV/AIDS, as he “grew up as part of the AIDS generation” and although House of Numbers – Anatomy of an Epidemic was his first film, it was extremely well researched and well received, which is why this documentary has won numerous awards, including the winner of the “Best Documentary Feature” at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, The Indie Gathering Film Festival, Commffest (Global) Community Film Festival, Naperville Independent Film Festival, Motor City Film Festival, River’s Edge International Film Festival and Traildance Film Festival and many more award nominations, which are impressive accolades to have received.

House of Numbers was produced in 2009 and released to audiences in 2010 through Video on Demand on June 3, 2010 and DVD media on July 20, 2010, although it can now be difficult to get your hands on a physical copy of the DVD. The full-length documentary has been made available on YouTube, which you can watch in its entirety below. Brent revealed that for every minute of the 1 hour and 29 minute documentary, nearly four times as much footage was filmed that could not be included in the original film. Brent created a YouTube channel that includes extended interviews, so you are welcome to watch them and receive more in-depth information through some of the interviews Brent conducted.

House of Numbers - Anatomy of an Epidemic
Photo: House of Numbers Poster

Speaking of interviews, Brent successfully managed to interview some high-profile people and prominent figures in the HIV/AIDS world, including Professor Luc Montagnier MD, 2008 Nobel Prize winner for co-discovering the HIV virus, David Baltimore PhD, 1975 Nobel Prize winner; Kenneth Cole, Chairman of AMFAR; James Curran MD, who began his career with the CDC and held leadership positions for the CDC’s HIV/AIDs research; Anthony S Fauci, Director of NIAID; Robert Gallo MD, PhD, co-discoverer of the HIV virus; Michael Gottlieb MD, credited as first doctor to diagnose AIDS; and Peter Piot MD, PhD, Director of Institute of Global Health and former Executive Director of UNAIDS. This documentary provides you with a unique opportunity to put a face to the names of many people you may have previously read or heard about.

Brent produced an excellent documentary and maintained a balanced insight into HIV/AIDS through interviews with survivors, activists, presidential advisers and the two researchers credited with discovering HIV. When you watch the documentary, you will most likely at times shake your head when you hear some of the things being said by those being interviewed, providing the interviewee actually chose to answer the question, which Dr. David Baltimore, PHD was uncomfortable doing when he was asked how he would isolate and photograph this elusive virus, by responding with “didn’t Doctor Gallo do that, he actually isolated it, so… I mean, why should I do all of this, this is textbook stuff you’re asking me. I don’t want to be your text book, you know, I got other things to do” as he stared at the camera uncomfortably. There are numerous quotes I could have included in this article that at times would leave you wondering, which then leads you to think that this could be why we are yet to find a cure for HIV/AIDS.

House of Numbers is presented by Knowledge Matters Productions and the first 53 seconds of the film are extremely powerful. I considered sharing a running commentary of the documentary, but I think it would be better for me to present you with the full documentary, so you can form your own opinion based on what’s presented to you. I also found my thoughts in complete alignment with Brent’s closing comments “As journeys end, I find myself perplexed, bewildered at times, with an overall feeling of dismay and sadness. I found a research community in disarray over the most fundamental understanding of HIV, all the while presenting a monolithic public posture of authority and certainty.” Some of the same words used by Brent describe how I felt after watching the documentary, so take a look and see what you think and please share your thoughts by leaving a comment if there’s something you would like to say about this documentary.

Leung manages to present a barrage of intriguing theories debunking our generally accepted beliefs… There’s no denying, however, the value of exploring such game-changing topics as how HIV-infection numbers are cooked for monetary and political gain; how the effects of global poverty may have led to so many AIDS-related deaths; how such widely used AIDS drugs as AZT have, themselves, often proved fatal; and whether HIV really exists.

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
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Version Control: 1.0 – July 30, 2022: Original article published.

AIDS Popular Conspiracy Theories and an HIV/AIDS Timeline


If you tuned in to my second interview with Tim Tyler, you may recall Tim referring to a documentary that discussed the origins of HIV/AIDS. In our interview, I asked Tim if he would provide me with a link to the documentary and he was quick to provide this information, although it has taken me a considerable amount of time to extract the information from the documentary to share with you here. The link Tim shared with me is a video that’s freely available at YouTube that refers to the hepatitis B vaccine trials that took place between November 1978 and October 1981 and the documentary also includes an HIV/AIDS timeline and a discussion of popular conspiracy theories.

The video has a running time of 1:51:12 and showcases footage from Don Eckert that was filmed at the Castro Street Fair in San Francisco in 1982 and 1983. The video features snippets of information presented to the viewer throughout the video, with people attending the street fair appearing in the background, which adds a powerful emotion to the story, particularly when you reach the point in the video where it’s pointed out that 20% of San Francisco’s gay men were probably infected with AIDS, which is the very same year the video featuring people from the street fair in San Francisco was filmed by Don Eckert.

I watched the video in its entirety, but I found that trying to concentrate reading the text, whilst absorbing the information, with the motion from the video in the background capturing people at the street fair gave me a sense of vertigo, so I decided to transcribe the text from the video and put it into a static document that makes it easier for you to read. It took me several hours to extract the information from the video, as I needed to keep pausing the video as I typed out the text, then I had to double-check that the information was correct before continuing again, which is why it has taken me so long to get this article published. I have lightly edited some of the text, such as expanding abbreviations and correcting minor spelling errors or punctuation to assist with the ease of reading, but I have not changed any of the core information that was included in the video.

The video references the books “AIDS and the Doctors of Death” by Dr. Alan Cantwell, Jr. and “And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic” by Randy Shilts. I am yet to read both books, which are now on my future reading list and I have also included links to both books here for your convenience (I do not make money from any of these links). I am currently reading “How to Survive a Plague” by David France and I’m finding the book very interesting reading and at times emotional as I think back to the time when terrible things were happening to the men who didn’t know what was happening to them. I believe it’s very important to be fully informed and I will continue to inform myself and share any useful information I find along the way with anyone who is interested.

This documentary highlights some very interesting events that took place and it makes you seriously question the true intention of the hepatitis B vaccine trials and the slow pace at which it took those in a position of authority to understand what was happening and take appropriate action. In my next article, I will be sharing another documentary with you that includes video footage of some of the people referred to in this article, because it will provide an important followup with even more details about the origins and history of HIV/AIDS. I would like to thank Tim for sharing this documentary with me, so I could in turn share it with you, as I was not aware of its existence until Tim mentioned this during his interview and people really do need to know about this.

Because I was not aware of this documentary until Tim enlightened me, I wanted to delve further into the subject and I found some very interesting information sourced from a number of doctors who carried out investigations into the origins of HIV/AIDS and concluded that the virus was man-made and deliberately introduced into the community. Dr. Alan Cantwell, Jr. is a cancer microbe researcher who concluded that AIDS was man-made (Source: http://www.rense.com/general75/mmo.htm). Dr. Robert Strecker published a memorandum in 1984 confirming that the virus detailed to Congress in 1969 was produced in the early 1970s and spread throughout America via the hepatitis B vaccine trials (Source: http://www.umoja-research.com/strecker_memorandum.htm). Dr Michele Carbone of Loyola University in Chicago, who is a leading expert in vaccine manufacturing has openly admitted that HIV/AIDS was spread by the hepatitis B vaccine (Source: http://www.rense.com/general75/mmo.htm).

When you look at the newspaper advertising that was designed to recruit gay men into the hepatitis B vaccine trials, you can see that homoerotic artwork was used to attract gay men, by firstly grabbing their attention and secondly, once the advertisements had caught their attention, there was an element of pressure being applied to participate through a time sensitive push, such as the statements “last chance” written in bold capitalised print and “Enrolment closes in June, after which the vaccine may not be available for several years.” I found further information that discussed some rare cases of earlier AIDS discoveries, which I will include in my next article, as this will be better aligned to the subject matter featured in the next documentary I will be sharing with you.

I have included the link to the documentary at YouTube below and I have also included the transcript from the video, which I have converted into a PDF document to make it a universal file format. It’s important to point out that there might be differing opinions as to the origins of HIV/AIDS, but this documentary does include some very interesting information that falls into alignment with other occurrences at the time, which is creating a sequence that makes a lot of sense. This article is presented to you as an open-minded presentation and very soon I will share a second documentary with you that is also very insightful and will provide an opportunity to put a face to several of the names referred to in this documentary.

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition

Upon its first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigative reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts’ expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80’s while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time. – The official book description featured at the Amazon.com website.

AIDS and the Doctors of Death

Anybody who has ever questioned the origin of the AIDS holocaust and epidemic; anyone who has doubts about the Green Monkey Theory of AIDS has to read this book. A courageous, wonderful, honest open book written by a physician and scientist who has done years and years of cancer research into Kaposi’s sarcoma long before the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and who has come to the conclusion similar to mine that AIDS is not a natural occurrence, but a man-made creation with horrible implications. I really believe that any human being who cares about the government’s involvement, about our scientific community, about physicians who cover up the truth, about people who care for the fellow man irrelevant of their color, creed, or sexual preference has to read this book and come to their own conclusions.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. Author of Death and Dying, and AIDS, the Ultimate Challenge. – The official book description featured at the Amazon.com website.

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June 27 is National HIV Testing Day in the United States

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day in the United States

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995, when it was organised by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), as a day each year to encourage people to get tested for HIV and it has been held annually since then as a reminder for people to know their status and get linked to health care and treatment if needed. The idea behind this day is also to help reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS transmission by helping people know their status, based on the concept that if you know your status, then you can discuss your status. The day is now organised by the United States Department of Health and Human Service’s HIV.GOV program and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV/AIDS.

Even though this day is primarily for those who reside in the United States of America, anyone can observe the day and get tested, no matter where they live, as there are testing options available all around the world. The theme for 2022 is “HIV Testing is Self-care” and the World Health Organisation (WHO) defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” The HIV.GOV website also states that “HIV testing is an act of self-care, and knowledge of status is the gateway to engaging in the prevention or treatment services that enable individuals, regardless of their status, to live a long and healthy life.”

Official National HIV Testing Day Graphic.
Photo: Official National HIV Testing Day Graphic / US FDA and CDC.

On a personal note, I get tested for HIV every three months (March, June, September and December), on a schedule that makes remembering simple, but I would be happy to test outside this schedule if I engaged in a higher-risk sexual encounter to confirm whether there has been a change to my status. Some might question why bug chasers would want to get tested for HIV and the answer to this question might vary, but knowing your status can be an important part of the bug chasing process. You might be able to feel the virus within you without getting tested, but this might not be for some time once the virus becomes more advanced and you start experiencing some other symptoms. It really is a personal choice whether you choose to get tested and if so the frequency of testing, but since I include everything involving HIV/AIDS at this website, I felt as though it was important to mention this event for those who are interested.

You can also get tested from the comfort of your own home if you aren’t comfortable visiting a clinic to undertake this process, which is a luxury many didn’t have in the early days of HIV testing, when visiting a healthcare clinic was the only option. You can even get a free HIV self-test kit from Take Me Home (https://takemehome.org/), but please be aware that this kit requires you to mail your specimen back to a laboratory for testing, so you have to wait for the results and even more importantly, positive test results are reported to your local health department as a legal requirement, so this free option might not be the best option for you. If you are considering a home HIV test kit, consider getting yourself a rapid test kit, where the results are provided to you exclusively within 20 minutes.

OraQuick In-Home HIV Test
Photo: OraQuick In-Home HIV Test / OraSure Technologies, Inc.

As this article refers to a day of observation in the United States of America, you may be interested to know that in 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved the first over-the-counter sale of a home HIV test kit that does not require sending a sample to a laboratory. The company that was granted this approval is OraSure Technologies, Inc. and their self-test involves an oral swab, that does not require a blood sample like many of the other home HIV testing kits. These kits can be purchased online or at a variety of physical stores without the need for a doctor’s prescription.

If you would like to learn more about the different type of HIV self-test kits available, check out my previous article here, which also includes links to websites where you can buy rapid HIV test kits from Australia, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. If you have taken a Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19, then you will be familiar with how these kits work, as they are almost identical.

Further Reading:

HIV Self-Testing – https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/hiv-testing/hiv-self-tests.html
HIV Testing Basics – https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html
HIV Testing Overview – https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/hiv-testing/learn-about-hiv-testing/hiv-testing-overview
National HIV Testing Day #HIVTestingDay – https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/hiv-testing-day

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Version Control: 1.0 – June 27, 2022: Original article published.

The Fuck Flu, Bug Chasing and the POZ Brotherhood Book Review

The Fuck Flu, Bug Chasing and the POZ Brotherhood Book Review

On April 17, 2020, Galen J. Cromartie published a post at Breeding Zone inviting people to share their stories for a book he was planning to write that would bring new light on all sides of bug biting, gift giving, stealthing and generationing. Galen’s hope was to gather 20 guys to share their stories, which he would include in the book. This was the beginning stage for the participation aspect of the book, laying out the groundwork for the stories that would form an important part of the reading material. Galen exceeded the number of goal participants, which strengthened the quality of the book, as the various contributions feature different perspectives and makes very interesting reading.

The Front Book Cover.
Graphic: The Front Book Cover.

The F*** Flu, Bug Chasing and the POZ Brotherhood was originally published by Amazon on April 29, 2022 and is available from a number of their international websites (I have included the direct links for the Kindle editions at the bottom of this page for your convenience). If you’re looking to purchase a brand new copy of this book from a different vendor, you’re unlikely to be successful, as my version of the book states that it was manufactured by Amazon in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, so the book is most likely produced by Amazon in other countries as well and is not available elsewhere. The book is available in paperback and Kindle editions, but you might find the paperback edition has already sold out in a number of countries, so it appears this title had a limited print run, or the book is extremely popular. Hopefully more copies will be printed soon so you can get your hands on one if you would like a physical copy of the book.

The F*** Flu, Bug Chasing and the POZ Brotherhood also includes “A new Chapter in HIV/AIDS History” on the front cover and it’s refreshing to see Galen acknowledge the history involved with HIV/AIDS in the very first chapter of the book “A Look at How it All Began”. Galen believes it is extremely important to acknowledge what happened in the past (I do too) and for us to understand what happened in the early days, as many people reading the book might not be familiar with some of the facts and details about what happened. The book has been researched impeccably, which you will appreciate as you read your way through the chapters. Galen discusses the history of HIV/AIDS and provides an explanation of stealthing (Galen has been a victim of stealthing), and more information about bug chasing or bug biting. Bug biting is a term I have not heard as frequently as bug chasing and generationing is new to me, so I was able to learn new things by reading this book, which might the case for others as well.

The Front Book Cover.
Graphic: The Back Book Cover.

Amazon’s book description: Between kink and danger, there is a purposeful pandemic. Stealthing. Gift giving. Gift receiving. Generationing. These are the main characters in the stories of individuals who want STDs. The subject of people who purposefully infect others with STDs is not well known beyond the gay community. But this book will give you a look at the LGBTQ+ community you’ve never seen before. In this shocking exposé, you will learn about HIV and AIDS patients who intentionally engage in STD kink with their partners. You will meet the medical professionals lending their thoughts about this risky behavior. Find out how to protect yourself and the controversial balance of risk and benefit obtained from willing infection. The F**k Flu is filled with upfront candor and a challenging narrative that readers will find hard to put down.

Galen has incorporated stories from several bug chasers and/or gift givers, along with several contributions from healthcare professionals to help provide the reader with real-life experiences from those who have chased or gifted, or those who are currently on the journey. These stories are blended with several medical opinions, with the strands from various perspectives becoming woven together to provide various viewpoints for the reader to consider. Galen’s goal was to incorporate interviews from at least 20 contributors and he succeeded by including 25 stories, along with 3 medical opinions, where participants were asked a series of questions to help give their responses structure and to keep the conversations focused. Some people answered all the questions, some questions were skipped and some people just shared their stories without answering any of the questions.

At 176 pages in length, the book may seem like a long read, but based on the dimensions of the book, the size of the text and the page spacing between interviews, the book can be read fairly quickly, and even in a couple of hours, depending on the speed of your reading. I read the book in a few sittings to help me absorb the content and I found it extremely insightful. I actually had difficulty putting the book down, because I wanted to keep reading, but due to time constraints and other factors, I needed to read the book in several sittings as life was going on around me, which I found slightly annoying, because my mind remained on the book and I wanted to know what was coming next.

Galen did a terrific job compiling the stories from those who were willing to participate by sharing their experiences about a subject matter that’s considered sensitive and not often spoken about publicly. I also applaud those who did share their stories, because they did so trusting that Galen would do the right thing with the information they were sharing with him and he did do the right thing, which you will appreciate when you read the book. If you look at some of the forum threads at Breeding Zone, you will notice that some were wary of Galen’s motives, which is completely understandable, considering bug chasing is very underground and much that has been written about it has been from a controversial standpoint, but once trust was established, those who submitted their stories have had their voices heard throughout the pages of the book. Even though the description accompanying the book might sound like there’s a particular motive behind the book, you don’t have to worry about the author casting judgements over those who chose to become involved, because the book is well balanced and makes excellent reading, whether you are a bug chaser, gift giver, barebacker or someone who isn’t.

Galen J. Cromartie.
Photo: Galen J. Cromartie.

If you are wondering about Galen’s background, he shares some details with you in the book about his professional background. Galen is a wireless software engineer who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and he is also a survivor of domestic violence and has an interest in hearing other domestic violence survivor’s stories and he hopes to continue raising awareness for domestic violence. Galen is also the author of “The Gay-Len Memoir: How Love Can Make You Stupid” and you can learn more about this title by visiting Galen’s website. It’s very clear that Galen has a passion for helping others and this is such a great personal quality to have. If you haven’t already purchased a copy of The F*** Flu, Bug Chasing and the POZ Brotherhood, I highly recommend you do, because the book contains some useful information and a selection of stories from those who might help you with your thinking if bug chasing is on your mind or a part of your life.

Further Reading:

Where to Purchase (Kindle and Paperback Editions)

Australia – https://www.amazon.com.au/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

Brazil – https://www.amazon.com.br/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

Canada – https://www.amazon.ca/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

France – https://www.amazon.fr/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

Germany – https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Galen-J-Cromartie-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

India – https://www.amazon.in/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

Italy – https://www.amazon.it/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

Japan – https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/Galen-J-Cromartie-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD/

Mexico – https://www.amazon.com.mx/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

Netherlands – https://www.amazon.nl/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

Spain – https://www.amazon.es/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

United Kingdom – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

United States – https://www.amazon.com/Flu-Bug-Chasing-POZ-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B09Z4ZCTQD

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Version Control: 1.0 – June 19, 2022: Original article published.

A Second Interview with Tim Tyler

A Second Interview and Conversation with Tim Tyler

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.

Photo: Tim’s location (the blue dot on the map) when Hurricane Irma struck Florida in 2017. Tim had remained on medication, but it was at this point when Tim stopped taking his HIV medication.

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.

Photo: This photo of Tim was taken shortly before he pressed the fast forward button. I’m sure others will agree with me when I say how cute Tim is in the photo.

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.

Photo: Tim Tyler (front right) with Lou Maletta from the underground sex club in NYC (on the left).

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.