The Gift

Published on 17th February 2017 by

A 2003 documentary by Louis Hogarth about the phenomenon of people, predominantly members of the gay community, who deliberate seek out people to give them ‘the gift’ of the HIV virus. Features interviews with both HIV negative and positive individuals who have chased or are currently chasing the virus.

One contributor describes how he starting having unprotected sex after a period of unsuccessful dating, because everybody else was having sex without protection and he felt he needed to do the same to attract sexual partners, and another explains how he was relieved to finally catch the virus as it stopped him having to constantly worry about catching it. The subject of ‘bugchasing’ or ‘gifting’ was also covered by Stephen Fry in his two part 2007 BBC documentary HIV and Me.

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