‘Gift Givers’ In M’sia Are Allegedly Having Sex To Infect People AIDS

HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus that over time progresses into AIDS, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. AIDS can cause the progressive failure of the immune system, which eventually leads to life-threatening infections and cancers.

HIV is transmitted through contact with infected syringes, blood, semen, pre-ejaculation and vaginal fluids. In this case, the Twitterverse has had a chilling revelation.

Recently Twitter user @CallieDeWind tweeted about people with AIDS who have sex to spread the disease.

This is not a new thing, though. ‘Gift givers’ refer to HIV-positive individuals who purposely infect others with the disease. If they do it without the HIV-negative person’s consent, it’s called ‘stealthing.’ Unfortunately, most of these gift givers are gay men. Although their motivations are unclear, there is another subculture of gay men who intentionally seek out these gift givers – they’re known as ‘bug chasers’ who want to be infected with HIV.

If you think that you may have been exposed to HIV, you have 72 hours to get a PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis) treatment to prevent the disease. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services:

“PEP means taking HIV medicines within 72 hours after a possible exposure to HIV to prevent becoming infected with HIV.”

When taken correctly, PEP is effective in preventing HIV. The sooner you start PEP after a possible HIV exposure, the better it’s effectiveness.

There is another pill called PrEP ‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’ that one can take if they have a high risk of exposure to HIV.

Meanwhile, always practice safe sex (wear a condom!) and if you can, get yourself and your partner checked for STIs before having sex.