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Stories Of People Intentionally Infecting Others With Hiv

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Intentional transmission (BUG CHASERS, GIFT GIVERS)

Dr BobI saw a progam on the BBC that said that some people were deliberately trying to infect themselves with HIV and that there are those who are happy to oblige ("gift givers"). I've heard about this before (see Queer as Folk).I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I haven't heard much about the bug-chasing/gift-giving phenomenon since 2003 when Rolling Stone magazine printed a poorly researched and quite incendiary article titled "Bug Chasers: The Men Who Long to Be HIV+." The article... Read more »

Response to intentional infection

Earlier I saw a post from a man saying he was intentionally infected with HIV. Just wanted to tell the poster in most states this is a crime and it can be proven. The virus can be traced mutations and all back to it's host. I understand there...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
I would like to add that each of us has the responsibility to protect ourselves from being infected with HIV. That means practicing safe sex and not injecting drugs with contaminated needles. This is within the control of each of us.This means that... Read more »

3rd Time asking, let's see if you will tackle an unspoken issue against intentional transmission

This is the third time I have written, but I have a feeling you try to protect people with HIV to a certain degree. In a nutshell.... I am a heterosexual woman who befriended a most immoral HIV+ homosexual man. LONG STORY SHORT... I took him on...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Dearie,No, I don't try to "protect people with HIV." I'm one of those people, remember?!? However, I do think your shell is a bit nutty (referring to your "nutshell" hypothesis). I do not believe your ex-friend... Read more »

intentional tampering w/piercing

i got a navel ring a week ago. the guy took the clamp and needles out of packages in front of me. i have since become concerned that he still could have tampered with the needle and rerapped it. assuming a person did intentionally put infected...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
The only thing I can tell you about your risk is that HIV is not known to be transmitted through piercing. It is an unlikely route of HIV transmission, even if someone was intentionally trying to do it. You did nothing wrong by getting your navel... Read more »
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Am I infected ? My story

Posted by Changedmylife82, 2 Replies
Ok, so here it goes. Two weeks ago I was feeling pretty ill. Flu like symtoms a dry cough etc. I also complained to the Dr. of having a bit of memory loss and unable to sleep. I had recently got a promotion at work which put me on the overnight... Read more »

am i infected here's my story ...please help..

Posted by roma2010, 1 Reply
on may 5th i had sex with a girl that i barely know when i was done i noticed the condom had broken and i didn't notice when it happened, about a month later early june i noticed i got some chills and some sweats out of the blue that was the first... Read more »

Weight Loss - not really intentional

Posted by dj1979, 4 Replies
I have a question for those experienced with meds, etc. I have been on Combivir and Sustiva since late January this year. My labs are much better, CD4 up to 550 from 227, VL to undetectable (down from 11,000). I am feeling great. I started an... Read more »