- Mag: 25% OF NEW HIV-INFECTED GAY MEN SOUGHT OUT VIRUS,
SAYS SAN FRAN HEALTH OFFICIAL
- New ROLLING STONE Managing Editor Ed Needham is set to
hit complete controversy with a 4-page report: "Bug Chasers: The Men
Who Secretly Long To Be HIV+."
- Filed by Greg Freeman, the shock story claims some men
with HIV are deliberately having unprotected sex with those who want to
- "The men who want the virus are called 'bug chasers,'
and the men who freely give them the virus are called 'gift givers.' While
the rest of the world fights the AIDS epidemic and most people fear HIV
infection, this subculture celebrates the virus and eroticizes it,"
reports Freeman in the February 6, 2003 edition of ROLLING STONE.
- At least twenty-five percent of all newly infected gay
men fall into [bug-chasing] category, according to one claim in the "special
- "In this world, the men with HIV are the most desired,
and the bug chasers will do anything to get the virus."
- Gay groups "aggressively encouraged" Freeman
to drop the article.
- One sad passage captures a young man in New York City
who wants to be infected:
- "His eyes light up as he says that the actual moment
of transmission, the instant he gets HIV, will be 'the most erotic thing
I can imagine.'"
- An infector is quoted as saying: "I'm murdering
him in a sense, killing him slowly, and that's sort of, as sick as it sounds,
exciting to me."
- Most AIDS activists prefer to deny the problem exists
to any significant extent, says Dr. Bob Cabaj, director of behavioral-health
services for San Francisco County and past president of Gay and Lesbian
Medical Association. "They don't want to address that this is really
- In a gonzo-journalism ROLLING STONE moment, Cabaj claims
at least 25% of all newly infected gay men fall into [bug-chasing] category.
- Filed By Matt Drudge
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