Bug Chasers: The Truth About HIV

In my continuing series about the truth about the gay movement, there is one subculture within the gay subculture that no one talks about and needs to be addressed. This group is the reason why the HIV/AIDS remains so high among gay men after all these years.

This group is called bug chasers. The men (because very few lesbians engage in this activity) seek out HIV/AIDS from men they call gift givers. Gift givers are men who are already infected with HIV/AIDS and are looking to give it to others. Usually, this is illegal and you can go to jail for spreading HIV without telling the other person you have it. However, since the bug chaser is consenting to the act willingly and with full knowledge then it is legal even if it is extremely dangerous.

The truth is HIV, as everyone knows, got its start in the gay community. Originally it was known as GRID or gay-related immune deficiency. According to the New York Times in 1982: “A SERIOUS disorder of the immune system that has been known to doctors for less than a year – a disorder that appears to affect primarily male homosexuals – has now afflicted at least 335 people, of whom it has killed 136, officials of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said yesterday.”

New York TimesThe article then goes on to say: “Epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control have done studies among homosexual men with and without the immune disorder but matched in age, background and other characteristics. After testing for more than 130 potential risk factors, they found that the median number of lifetime male sexual partners for affected homosexual men was 1,160, compared to 524 for male homosexual men who did not have the syndrome. The study also found more use of sexual stimulants and illicit drugs among the GRID patients.”

Not much has changed since 1982. According to the CDC:

CDC picIn 2010, white MSM (males who have sex with males)  continued to account for the largest number of new HIV infections (11,200), by transmission category, followed closely by black MSM (10,600).

The estimated number of new HIV infections was greatest among MSM in the youngest age group. In 2010, the greatest number of new HIV infections (4,800) among MSM occurred in young black/African American MSM aged 13–24. Young black MSM accounted for 45% of new HIV infections among black MSM and 55% of new HIV infections among young MSM overall.

This oversexualized attitude is what drives the gay community, whether they want to admit it or not. It is also what created the bug chasing culture within the gay community.

The documentary “The Gift”details this phenomenon but says the people who do this are part of a fringe group. However, if  according to the CDC, 76 percent of all infections are by men who have sex with men then how “fringe” are bug chasers really?. In the video clip above one of the men  confesses: “I thought I was just going to have a lot of promiscuous and unsafe sex. I didn’t know I was going to change so fast.” And therein lies the problem, gay men especially have been told HIV is no big deal anymore. You get it, you take a pill and you are fine.  They don’t tell about what AIDS will do to you once you contract it.

They don’t tell that AIDS looks like this. Be forewarned the graphics are disturbing: HIV_Rash_Skin_Changes_2

Man with AIDS

Yet there is a whole group of males in this country who got out looking for this. AZT, a medication for HIV, is in large part responsible for this HIV craze. Because it is available and has worked so well for so many people, gay men are less afraid of getting HIV. What they don’t understand is that they are many strains of HIV and when it enters your body it may not react in the way it does for the man who is giving it to you. In fact, sometimes you may not even get HIV at all but go straight to AIDS.

Though this insanity started in the United States it has since spread overseas to the U.K. In a 2013 article by the Mirror,  in the UK it states:

Some bug-chasers actually claim the virus gives them a better quality of life because of the medication they subsequently have to take.

Nick, 30, an admin worker from the Midlands, said: “I feel fit as a fiddle. I feel full of energy and healthier as a result of being on my medication.

“I get my liver function tests every three months, my cholesterol tested regularly and I get loads of general health checks so if there are any underlying conditions I know straight away. Even better, I get it all on the NHS.”

And there is the kicker, these men are deliberately going out and getting a deadly disease and then they expect the government to pick up the table in order to keep them alive. Now according to the CDC, the lifetime expense for an HIV patient is $379,668 (in 2010 dollars) and that is in U.S. money, so you can only imagine what is being spent in euros to fight this disease, we are talking billions of dollars for people who are deliberately seeking it out.

The problem is organizations like HRC refuse to acknowledge that by and large HIV is a gay disease.” In fact, this is what HRC has to say about it: “While rates of HIV are disproportionately higher among members of the LGBT community, HIV is by no means confined to LGBT people. Anyone—regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or other factors—can acquire HIV. Calling HIV a “gay” or “LGBT” disease is medically untrue and only serves to perpetuate harmful stereotypes about people living with HIV and members of the LGBT community.”

Disproportionately higher? If you are only 4 percent of the population (and that figure also comes from the CDC) and you are 76 percent of all cases that is not disproportionately, that is your disease and you need to own it! Blacks have the highest rate of sickle cell anemia, that doesn’t mean white people don’t get it but it is primarily a Black disease. White males have the highest rates of Hodgkin’s disease but I had Hodgkin’s Disease and I am neither White or male but it is a White man’s disease nonetheless.

As long as HRC and other organizations like them keep their head in the sand about the truth of HIV, as long there are bug chasers and gift givers, as long as the lie is spread that HIV is a “liveable disease” then nothing will change. Louise Hogarth stated in the video above that we have to change our prevention tactics, that the tactics we are using now are only encouraging bug chasing and causing more people to die. Louise is right and HRC is wrong. And as more people die their deaths will be on the heads of HRC and their compatriots.

Image sources:

AIDS Stats piclaviedesoleil.wordpress.com

New York Times: Wikipedia.com

CDC: http://www.CDC.gov

AIDS pic: Healthline.org

Man with AIDSwww.redpepper.co.ug

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