Zone, where gifters and chasers share advice and stories about their sexual experiences, make it relatively straightforward to meet people who want to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS — or to infect their partners.“18 year old twink bug chaser looking to get pozzed,” reads one recent Craigslist ad posted by a Santa Clara man describing himself as single, thin, and 6-foot-3.Ducking our heads in the sand and denying reality is not going to solve anything.We must be willing to openly discuss serious issues before we can have any hope of solving them.All the chasers and gifters I found were gay or bisexual men, and they came from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and ranged in age from 18 to 59.Over several weeks, I reached out to men whose profiles identified them as HIV-positive, zeroing in on those who said they had a “high viral load” — in other words, those whose medical tests indicated that their blood contained a large number of copies of the virus (and who would therefore be most contagious).“Total virgin here looking to experience anything and everything.” Another ad, posted on Bareback Real Time by a 26-year-old gift-giver, reads: “After months of chasing, I tested poz. Looking for neg bottoms [to infect].” The text of many ads is even more explicit than these, and most are accompanied by graphic nudity.“Impregnate me with the AIDS virus,” yet another ad reads.
I have not included the names of those who communicated with me out of respect for their privacy.
The site’s search function also makes it relatively simple for subscribers to find and communicate with those who would classify themselves “gift givers” — HIV-positive men who are seeking to “poz” others — and “bug chasers” — HIV-negative men who long to become positive.
In addition, smartphone apps like Grindr and Recon, as well as the website Breeding.
Then he kneels in a dark corner of the club — his naked silhouette barely visible — as he waits for those who want to help “convert” him.
Though chasers and gifters are active around the world, many see San Francisco as a kind of mecca.