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In the long line of faggot hipsterism trends that includes mocha soy lattes, Mac computers, and Vespa motor scooters, Bug Chasing has inserted itself like a diseased penis into the Internet’s popular conscience once again. Through websites, forums, articles and old media outlets, this truly retarded practice has gained popularity for two main reasons; the fact that it is so nasty, fucked up, ungodly, and bicycle-helmet-Obama-voter level retarded and also because it is practiced by faggots…and everybody likes to find new reasons to pick on faggots.
- 1 What Is Bug Chasing?
- 2 Bug Chasing Online
- 3 Common Practices and Terminology
- 4 Bugchasing In Mainstream Media
- 5 Bug Chasers In Popular Culture
- 6 Video
- 7 See Also
- 8 Links of Interest
What Is Bug Chasing?
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Bug Chasing, in its most simple terms, is the combined efforts of a gay man to have himself made infectious by a Gift Giver who has some sort of sexually transmitted disease. While this desire can manifest itself in the yearning for more than one disease, HIV is the most desired, and receiving more than one strain of HIV is the crown jewel. What is stumping scientists, psychologists, and pretty much everybody else is why they wish to do this.
Apollo: the God of the Beautiful Male Image, and the Destroyer of the Beautiful Male Image
When a man's self-image is destroyed, he tends to want to destroy his male body, in order to make it conform to the destroyed self-image. There are many ways to destroy one's body -- see stimmung -- but deliberately getting the AIDS virus is certainly one of them.
“I’m such a piece of shit for being a fudge-packing candy assed faggot, hopefully if I catch a load of semen that is full of Aids, I can look cool to my gay friends.”
The most popular answer to this odd question is that most faggots have really low self esteem and are self-loathing creeps who only wish to punish themselves for the twisted sexual practices that they engage in. The ultimate goal of the Bug Chaser in this scenario is to indulge in self-damage while at the same time he is also gaining acceptance within the community of his peers.
“Holy shit that queen is hot as fuck! What? He isn’t POZ? Ugh, fuck that.”
This reasoning focuses on the gay individuals desire to satisfy a fixation. Contrary to the idea that being infected by another individual is an ass-delivered punishment from God, Bug Chasing fetishists openly desire contamination because it turns them on. Fetishism is often described as a sexual fixation upon anything that is not inherently sexual in nature. Given the fact that billions of people fixate upon invisible gods in many forms, it is not to far of a stretch to understand that gay men might wish to fixate upon an invisible virus or bacteria.
“Gee, having Hep C isn’t enough, if I can catch HIV too…well, then I can stop.”
As with people who are preoccupied with piercing, flesh pulling, and body modification, some Bug Chasers could be considered individuals who wish to fundamentally change their physiology through what many might consider a dangerous activity. Since HIV/Aids contamination is no longer an instant death sentence, Bug Chasers of this ilk may think of infection as an adornment similar how body modification fans react to a pierced scrotum. What they didnt bargain for is lipodystrophy, avascular necrosis, neuropathy, herpes, tuberculosis, early retirement, and so on.
“Once I catch HIV…I’LL MAKE THEM ALL PAY!”
The desire to become infected so that the individual, in turn, can go forth and infect other people. Within the gay community, there is a minority of people who wish to infect straight, married men. This group, while small, is rather vocal about becoming HIV positive and many of them can be found expressing a desire to meet with men who are already HIV positive so that they may share the virus. These men will then go out and attempt to find people who they describe as “wholesome, heterosexuals” with express desire of infecting them in any way possible. This form of Bug Chaser thus embodies every fear some people have about gays.
“I got royally fucked last weekend by sixteen guys who I don’t know…now I am having a crisis of conscience and I’m not going to let this happen anymore…I SWEAR!”
Homosexuals that feel they will eventually become HIV positive due to their sexual practices. They use Bug Chasing as a way to “become infected under their own terms, rather than waking up one day and finding that they have Aids…but don’t know who they got it from.”
Bug Chasing Online
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine alerted the world of this phenomena with an article dedicated to describing the slut culture of these sickening assholes. Since then, fans and detractors of the practice have streamed online to voice their opinions, some to the extent of being quite violent and graphic.
Here are some screencaps:
This image contains so much mental illness, disease, and faggotry
Common Practices and Terminology
As with most subcultures, the Bug Chasing community has a group of activities all their own and a slang term to describe it rather intricately.
- Russian Roulette
- The Gift
A popular term for the HIV virus, used especially when it is given to a Bug Chaser.
- Gift Giver
—X Press article HIV – A gift NOT worth giving.
—Holy God, as if it could get worse.
Cut, Bleed, and Breed is a method applied by Bug Chasers to up their chances of becoming infected. Prior to going to a Conversion party (usually the night before) a Bug Chaser will "prep" their asshole by scrubbing the insides of their anal cavity with steel wool or a stiff tooth brush. This will cause rectal and anal abrasions that will make contact and infection by the HIV virus more probable.
- Bug Parties/Conversion Parties
—Didier, from this article.
Barebacking is the deliberate practice of unsafe sex by purposely not using a condom. In the gay Bug Chasing community, it becomes a more sinister practice as Bug Chasers who “bareback” are serious about their desire to be infected.
—Luis is sad that he cannot participate.
Once parodied on Saturday Night Live as Sida Fantastico! This term is in use today and describes a Bug Chaser who is looking for a new strain of HIV to add to his already HIV infected bloodstream.
—Southpark mentions dual infection.
- Biohazard Tattoo
Some Gift Givers, to denote their state of HIV positiveness, will have a Biohazard tattoo placed upon their right upper arm or shoulder. Be on the look out!
- Fuck of death
Unprotected sex between an HIV- and an HIV+ man
(also pozload, poison seed) The ejaculate of an HIV+ man
- Neg butt
Someone who is HIV-
- "Poz my neg hole", sometimes "charge" my neg hole
Give me HIV
- "Neg my poz hole"
Cure me of HIV - the futile plea of a man who has received the gift, but immediately regrets his actions, not realizing that there is no way to reverse infection by the HIV virus.
- Stealth fucking
Infecting unsuspecting sex partners with HIV
Bugchasing In Mainstream Media
- The bugchasing/giftgiving phenomenon gained press coverage - and notoriety - after Rolling Stone magazine printed an article in 2003 by a freelance journalist, Gregory Freeman, entitled "Bug Chasers: The men who long to be HIV+". The article provoked a storm of controversy, primarily because - based on the statistics in the article - it suggested that the practice might be relatively common. The reliability of that article has since been questioned, as it cited only two sources. One source, who claimed that as many as 25% of HIV+ men had contracted it on purpose, gave his information anonymously. The other source was a doctor who, when confronted, denied the quotations attributed to him in the article.
- Writer Daniel Hill outlined a scenario where such behavior might occur:
"In private sex clubs across the U.S. men gather for a chance to participate in what is called Russian Roulette. Ten men are invited, nine are HIV-, one is HIV+. The men have agreed to not speak of AIDS, nor HIV. They participate in as many unsafe sexual encounters with each other as possible, thus increasing their chances to receive "the bug." These are the men known as 'Bug Chasers.'" 
- Writer/film director Daniel Bort made a 2003 short film on the subject called Bugchaser, which opened at the 16th Annual Austin, Texas Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and was shot mainly in New York City sex clubs. In an interview with the Austin Chronicle, he explained: "The matter-of-fact declarations of a string of articulate, apparently nonsensical people … affected me tremendously. I had to find out the reasons why such individuals will seek suicide in this almost symbolic way." At the Austin G&L Film Festival, the film was shown with an accompanying documentary film The Gift (2003 film) by Louise Hogarth.
- HIV positive man Ricky Dyer, who investigated the apparent bug chasing phenomenon for a 2006 BBC program,I love being HIV, said that an air of complacency about the realities of living with the virus may be one reason why infection rates have been rising.
Bug Chasers In Popular Culture
- Queer as Folk (US TV Series), Episode 410 includes a character that seeks to be infected with HIV. The character states that his motivation for doing so is to become "free", in other words to be rid of the constant worry of contracting AIDS; and it is even implied that the character sees this as a spiritually fulfilling decision, much to the horror of the HIV+ man he is attempting to convince to give him the disease. He is refused but adamantly states he will seek out a conversion party instead.
Links of Interest
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- An actual clip of bug chaser porn.
- A discussion.
A collection of conversion stories for your enjoyment.- Deleted! Rolling Stone article.- Deleted! The Concerned Women of America weigh in on the subject in this article.- 404!
- About.com discusses Bug Parties.
- Pozlife discusses Bug Chasers and Gift Giving parties.
Material World: Becoming HIV: disease as agency by Ellie Reynolds, University College London- Removed.
- Bug Chasers and Gift Giver Parties from About.com
Russian Roulette, an article by CBC, first broadcast on November 20, 2001- Removed.
Times Online article: HIV sex parties 'spread disease', September 29, 2005- Deleted!
- MTV.com on the Rolling Stone article
PlanetOut.com on the Rolling Stone article- Deleted!
- Media Life magazine on the Rolling Stone article, January 24, 2003
- Salon.com article on the Rolling Stone article, by Andrew Sullivan
- FreeRepublic.com article about the documentary The Gift
CinematicVerses.com review of documentary The Gift- Unregistered Domain
Poll and commentary on The Advocate's website- Removed.
Abstracts for the 2004 National STD Prevention Conference, including Dr Graydon's workshop- Removed.
- A dating website dedicated to people with STDs
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