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15-Nov-2016 18:17

In simple terms, bugchasers engage in unprotected intercourse, and seek out partners with HIV, because they desire infection.

Barebackers engage in unprotected intercourse because they prefer the sensation of it but generally prefer to avoid contracting STIs.

As many "bugchasers" appear to be seeking the community and sympathy that HIV individuals experience, comparisons have been drawn with Munchausen syndrome.

They explored the emerging trend of gay men who eschew condoms and the development of a barebacking subculture.

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.

Further, their research found that there was substantial variation in intentions to spread HIV (with some not intent on spreading HIV) among those who indicated they were gift givers or bug chasers. Mark Blechner found that some bug chasers were lonely and alienated, and saw HIV as a path to becoming part of a community that elicits public sympathy and caretaking. Michael Roloff attempted to quantitatively explain why bug chasers chase HIV.

Other bug chasers were so overwhelmed by the anxiety of contracting HIV that they thought it would be a relief from that anxiety to become HIV-positive and "get it over with." And most recently, Dr. They claimed that individuals who look for HIV are more likely sex addicts. Le Blanc (2007) conducted an exploratory study involving survey responses from self identified bug chasers, one of the first published studies involving direct responses from this identified group.

In his more recent research, he gave a strong analysis of what bug chasers and gift givers resemble in their behaviors, attitudes, and demographics. Parsons concluded that bug chasing and gift giving might occur among a select few individuals.Bugchasing, also known in slang as charging, 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. 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.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.

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.

While actual activity is the same for both groups the two do not share the same psychology.