TITLE

Quick Hits: Sex in the News

PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
Contemporary Sexuality;Mar2003, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article titled "Bug Chasers--The Men Who Long to Be HIV+" published in a February issue of the magazine "Rolling Stone," drew criticism from gay rights groups and experts quoted in the story. The story claimed that about 25 percent of newly infected gay men purposely sought the disease from "gift givers," or those already infected. The story cites physician Bob Cabaj, the San Francisco director of behavioral health services, as the source of the figure. Cabaj said "he told a Rolling Stone fact checker that was incorrect." Jessica Frikey, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said, "No studies have been done to see how many bug chasers there are." The real phenomenon in the gay community is that many gay men do not take safe sex seriously. That's a real problem. The 10th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections was a recent source of discouraging news in the fights against HIV/AIDS. After holding steady at a rate of 40,000 new AIDS cases annually, 41,311 Americans contracted the deadly disease in 2001. Rates of syphilis infection among men also increased slightly in 2001, the first increase in more than a decade.
ACCESSION #
9434736

 

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