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New York Times – Harvey Fierstein July 31, 2003
“Many of our young men see infection as a right of passage, an inevitable coming of age. I hear of them seeking the disease as entree into the cool, queer inner circle that being negative denies them.”

Seattle Times – Dramatic surge seen in local HIV cases – June 4, 2003, “A new analysis shows HIV infections diagnosed in public health clinics jumped 40 percent last year and are projected to increase by another 60 percent this year.”

Calif man has HIV superinfection – “Researchers report in the May 2 edition of the medical journal AIDS that a California man has been infected with two different strains of HIV, picking up a wild-type (otherwise known as drug-sensitive) strain of HIV after first contracting a drug-resistant strain of the virus.”

Man to Man Alliance – “…make no mistake: Barebacking is bug-chasing. Any time you have unprotected anal sex, you invite infection with HIV. Indeed, even men who are already HIV+ risk infection with a variant and often drug-resistant strain of the virus when they bareback.”

Rolling Stone – “Bug Chasers” by Gregory A. Freeman – “Carlos nonchalantly asks whether his drink was made with whole or skim milk. He takes a moment to slurp on his grande Caffe Mocha in a crowded Starbucks, and then he gets back to explaining how much he wants HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. His eyes light up as he says that the actual moment of transmission, the instant he gets HIV, will be “the most erotic thing I can imagine.” He seems like a typical thirty-two-year-old man, but, in fact, he has a secret life. Carlos is chasing the bug.”

Planet Out – “A Ride on the Wild Side” by Michael Scarce – “An HIV-negative prevention activists goes through the looking glass to discover who’s doing it raw, and why…”

Salon.com – “Sex and death-crazed gays play viral Russian Roulette” by Andrew Sullivan – “Rolling Stone claims that full quarter of new HIV infections stem from morbid thrill-seeking.”

AIDScience.org – “Barebacking and bug chasers: expressions of an HIV subculture by Marcia L. Triunfol – “Barebacking, bug chasers and gift givers are some of the expressions of a subculture that claims that “safer sex is not real sex, it’s pretend sex,” a recent trend of unknown origin and yet-to-be determined impact on the spread of the HIV epidemic.”

TheBody.com – “Barebacking in the Gay Community by Rick Sowadsky – May 1999 – The term barebacking generally refers to gay men engaging in unprotected anal intercourse. Barebacking has both its benefits and its drawbacks.”

bmj.com – The General Medical Journal Website Feb.22, 2003 – “Magazine’s HIV clam rekindles ‘gay plague’ row.” The US glossy magazine Rolling Stone is best known for its coverage of the latest music and movies. But recently it tried its hand at a little HIV epidemiology, and found itself accused of sensationalism and virulent homophobia.