Many of us already know that a bug chaser is someone who is HIV-negative and wants to become HIV-positive through the act of bug chasing and a gift giver is someone who is HIV-positive and wants to share the virus with others through the act of gift giving. I started writing a glossary of terms, but I haven’t published it yet, as I want to make it more comprehensive and useful before sharing it. A great term for bug chasing I recently came across on social media is “pre-poz”, which is the perfect term to describe a person who is currently HIV-negative, but who is also on the path towards becoming HIV-positive, i.e., a bug chaser.
I drafted an article called “An Introduction to Bug Chasers and Bug Chasing” that I planned to make one of the first articles I published here, but I never ended up publishing it, because it seemed too basic for readers here, who are those of us already on the bug chasing path. As most of us already know what bug chasing and gift giving means, I figured the original article wasn’t necessary to include at this website, but now might be a good time to publish part of that article, as it complements what I am about to share with you.
Because I am constantly searching the internet for anything about bug chasing, I recently found a definition for bug chasing on YouTube, which was created by The Audiopedia. The video was published in 2017, so it has been online for several years, but the channel has been abandoned and The Audiopedia website is now pointing to a cryptocurrency trading platform. As the video is still available on YouTube, I wanted to talk about it here, as it’s a pretty good definition, but there’s some points such as rejection from society, self-harm and suicide referred to in the explanation that you might disagree with, so I thought this would make a great discussion.
“Bugchasing is the practice of pursuing sexual activity with HIV-positive individuals in order to contract HIV. Individuals engaged in this activity are referred to as bugchasers. It is a form of self-harm. Bugchasers seek sexual partners who are HIV-positive for the purpose of having unprotected sex and becoming HIV-positive. Giftgivers are HIV-positive individuals who comply with the bugchaser’s efforts to become infected with HIV. Bugchasers indicate various reasons for this activity. Some bugchasers engage in the activity for the excitement and intimacy inherent in pursuing such a dangerous activity, but do not implicitly desire to contract HIV. Some researchers suggest that the behavior may stem from a “resistance to dominant heterosexual norms and mores” due to a defensive response by gay men to repudiate stigmatization and rejection by society. Some people consider bugchasing “intensely erotic” and the act of being infected through the “fuck of death” as the “ultimate taboo, the most extreme sex act left.” People who are HIV negative and in a relationship with someone who is HIV-positive may seek infection as a way to remain in the relationship, particularly when the HIV-positive partner may wish to break up to avoid infecting the HIV negative partner. Others have suggested that some people who feel lonely desire the nurturing community and social services that support people with HIV/AIDS. It has also been used as a form of suicide.The Audiopedia.
The explanation did delve quite nicely into the subject and it seems that a reasonable amount of research was undertaken to create the definition. I would love to hear your feedback about this definition to see if we can come up with a better one to describe bug chasing. Do you fully agree with The Audiopedia definition or are there parts you disagree with and can perhaps come up with a better definition? Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts below, and because bug chasing is personal to each of us, we might have different ways to describe bug chasing and every opinion is an appreciated contribution. This is the definition I came up with when I first started preparing this website:
Bug chasers are HIV-negative people who want to become HIV-positive, most commonly through sexual intercourse. The term “bug” refers to HIV and the term “chaser” refers to the person intentionally seeking the virus from an infected person. A person who has made the decision to become a bug chaser will usually ask an unmedicated HIV-positive person to infect them with the virus. Some HIV-positive people who are wiling to infect other people with HIV are known as gift givers. Gift givers are HIV-positive people who have a detectable viral load who agree to have unprotected sex with an HIV-negative person with the intention of transmitting the virus to them. The term “gift” refers to HIV and the term “giver” refers to the act of giving the virus to the HIV-negative person. Not all HIV-positive people are gift givers, as a large percentage of HIV-positive people who are aware of their HIV status are taking medication to suppress the virus and make it undetectable, which makes it untransmittable. For this reason, a gift giver is an HIV-positive person who is not taking antiretroviral medication, which means the virus is detectable and can be transmitted to another person.”Jason @ Curious Chaser.
Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. There’s no right or wrong definition and what makes coming up with a definition for bug chasing a little more complicated is that it involves many layers, because we can each have different reasons for being connected with bug chasing and the virus in general. That’s why we might get some different responses and I’m really looking forward to hearing what you have to say. I thought this might be a fun way we can create a conversation that helps us stop for a moment to reflect on what bug chasing is and what it means to us, so thank you in advance for your contributions.
- Bugchasing meaning, definition and explanation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeCo3UXPkxs
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Version Control: 1.0 – May 21, 2022: Original article published.