It’s imperative I say something extremely important from the very beginning, which is why this open letter is the first article I have published. The discussion of intentional HIV transmission will likely be upsetting or disturbing to some, particularly to those who have been infected with the virus unintentionally or those who may have lost family and/or friends to the virus. The purpose of this website is not to encourage anyone to participate in unsafe sexual practices, it is designed to facilitate an open discussion about what is already happening.
For some people, bug chasing is purely fantasy and they fetishise it, but for others, it is reality, with people already getting infected with the virus intentionally around the world. Some people might be contemplating bug chasing at this very moment and that’s who this resource is designed for. Curious Chaser is an online platform designed to share information and experiences to help people decide whether bug chasing is really for them, with contributions from those who are the most qualified to talk about bug chasing – people who have first-hand experience as bug chasers.
I want to make it clear to anyone visiting this website, that for many people who have been infected with HIV, their infection was most likely accidental and may have been acquired through a number of unintentional ways, such as unprotected sex, through the sharing of needles or from medical procedures. Many people who are HIV-positive most likely never wanted to be infected with the virus and might be disappointed when they learn that some HIV-negative people want to acquire the virus on purpose, which is a status they would swap in a heartbeat.
While the number of people interested in bug chasing (whether fantasy or reality) is more than I first thought before I started researching bug chasing, the percentage is extremely small when compared with the overall population. The internet is lacking resources about bug chasing, which is why this resource is much needed and has been created. Some people are struggling to understand themselves, which is why having an online platform where a group of like-minded people can share where they are at and not feel isolated is a great way to help us better understand ourselves.
We are all walking different paths on this earth and human behaviour can sometimes be difficult to understand. I am no expert when it comes to sexual health or medical issues, but I have extensively researched the articles that will be published here and I am happy to share what I have found along the way with anyone who might be interested. Some of these discussions will likely confront some people, which is why it’s important for people to have a safe space where these conversations can be had openly in a supportive and non-judgemental environment, which is why most articles are reserved exclusively for registered members.
I encourage anybody who is HIV-positive who might be angry or upset about bug chasers to redirect this energy into sharing personal insights about what it’s like to be HIV-positive, because this will help to provide a balanced viewpoint. What it’s like to be HIV-positive is something many bug chasers are curious about, so your input is greatly appreciated. Please share the good and bad or just the bad if there’s nothing good, because knowledge is power and this information can be added to the bug chaser’s research toolkit. It’s important for every angle to be considered, including implications, so if you have something to say, please share your thoughts respectfully, because what you say might help someone who is struggling with this issue at this very moment.
I hope to explore many facets of sexual behaviour in upcoming articles that are relevant and useful. When I started researching bug chasing, a majority of the articles I could find were written from a controversial perspective and were not helpful to anyone on the bug chasing path, as they were written primarily for people who aren’t bug chasers. That’s why I hope this resource can help bug chasers understand their thoughts and feelings better and to decide whether bug chasing is for them.
If you would like to share your experiences about bug chasing or being HIV-positive, whether they are good or bad (positive or negative), please take some time to gather your thoughts and think about everything you would like to say and share with others by commenting on this or other articles and participating in the interactive sections. You just never know, something you say might be the one thing someone is looking for to help them understand their feelings to help figure out what’s going on and where they are at.
I would like to take a moment to pause and genuinely reflect on those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS over the years, which is estimated to be 40.4 million (between 32.9 million to 51.3 million) people since the epidemic according to UNAIDS. Those who may have lost family and/or friends will most likely never forget seeing the people close to them fade away. I plan on dedicating an article specifically for those who have lost their lives to the virus and to their families and friends in an upcoming article, as this deserves to be an entire article and not just a few sentences or a single paragraph.
Source and Further Reading:
- Global HIV & AIDS Statistics – Fact Sheet – https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet
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Version Control: 1.0 – September 20, 2021: Original article published. Latest Version: 1.3 – November 10, 2023 (statistics updated).