Bug chasing or “gift-giving” is an insane and reckless practice of LGBTI subculture where homosexual men desperate to find a new sexual high deliberately seek the deadly HIV virus from infected men as the ultimite sexual experience. The phenomenon was first identified in the US in 1999. Bug chasing is called by its mistaken defenders the “ultimate taboo, the most extreme sex act left on the planet” and that has for them "who have tried everyhting else" "a strong erotic appeal." David Kupelian points out that for people with rebellious nature the forbidden is very attractive. In this culture of death that celebrates and eroticizes the virus, the excitement is in doing something that everyone else sees as crazy and wrong. Seeking HIV is also exciting for some because it is a fetish. It is similar to the same attractions of sado-masochistic activities. While those acts usually involve physical pain some are turned on by it, in this case they are turned on by a life-threatening illness.
According to Louise Hogarth, the director of "The gift" controversial documentary that explores the normalization and glamorization of HIV/AIDS, LGBTI bug chasers are not idiots, but they have lots of misperceptions about what it means to get infected. However, Fr. James Shall observed that in society governed by policy of LGBTI gleichschaltung promoting the establishment of so-called "diversity" as the only criterion of truth, the information that suggests anything is wrong with sexual misbehavior is being repressed and we are witnessing the legally enforced living of disordered lives. Such approach is a form of relativism that at one hand attempts for rationalization of "anything goes" morality prompting some to the new craze of bug chasing, and on the other hand seeks to silence any possibility that 'the goodness and humanity of God' are the true keys to human living. After acquiring the HIV, some bug chasers seem to come back to their senses and are taken aback when experiencing the health issues, thus complaining: "No one told me."
- Gregory A. Freeman (6 February 2003). Bug chasers: The men who long to be HIV+. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 23 January 2016. “Stepping out of the cab into the rain, I ask what he will do if he finds out one day that he has succeeded in being infected -- ending the fun of being a bug chaser. He stops, then says he might move on to being a gift giver: "... I'm murdering him in a sense, killing him slowly, and that's sort of, as sick as it sounds, exciting to me."”
- Gemma Aldridge (7 July 2013). Bug chasing: Men deliberately trying to catch HIV for sexual thrill in astonishing craze. Mirror Online. Retrieved on 23 January 2016.
- Peter Baklinski (3 January 2014). 90% of new AIDS cases among college students in Chinese mega-city due to homosexual sex. LifeSiteNews.com. Retrieved on 22 January 2016. ““Bug chasing” may be partly responsible for skyrocketing rates of HIV/AIDS among homosexuals witnessed across the globe, where homosexual men desperate to find a new sexual high deliberately seek the deadly HIV virus from infected men. The practice has been documented since 1999. “Bug chasing” or “gift-giving” has been called by its defenders the “ultimate taboo, the most extreme sex act left on the planet.” “While the rest of the world fights the AIDS epidemic and most people fear HIV infection, this subculture celebrates the virus and eroticizes it. HIV-infected semen is treated like liquid gold,” wrote Gregory Freeman for a 2003 Rolling Stone article.”
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