You are hereHome › College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) › Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice › Denney, Andrew › Bug Chasing Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. Denney, A. S., & Tewksbury, R. (2014). Bug Chasing: The Pursuit for HIV Infection. Sexual Deviance Online. Download PDF Bug Chasing Details Type Book Chapter Title Bug Chasing: The Pursuit for HIV Infection Contributor(s) Denney, Andrew S. (author)Tewksbury, Richard (author) Located In Sexual Deviance Online Date 2014 Abstract “Bug chasing” is a relatively new subculture that was both formed in the late 1990s and early 2000s and has steadily grown since. Specifically, bug chasing refers to the act of an HIV (i.e., Human Immunodeficiency Virus) negative individual seeking to become infected through sexual intercourse with an HIV positive individual – or, an individual “chasing” the “bug” of HIV. This phenomenon occurs most often between men who have sex with men. Operating as a misunderstood and generally perceived as deviant subculture, bug chasers are men actively seeking opportunities to meet and engage in anal intercourse without the use of condoms. Such individuals are popularly known as “barebackers.” Since their first appearance, bug chasers have gradually become a sizeable minority within the online barebacking community (Grov & Parsons, 2006; Moskowitz & Roloff, 2007a). Despite their growing presence and recognition, bug chasers have remained a relatively understudied population, although numerous studies have focused on identifying the characteristics and patterns of behavior barebackers. Understanding the origin and development of the bareback sex community is essential for understanding the context in which bug chasing operates, as bug chasing is essentially a subset of barebackers.