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Controversial documentary about gay men purposely contracting the AIDS virus.

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Louise Hogarth

Writer:

Louise Hogarth

Star:

Doug Hitzel
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The Gift documents the phenomenon of deliberate HIV infection. The film follows the stories of two "bug chasers" who sought out "the gift" of HIV infection. Also interviewed are AIDS activist and author, Walt Odets, PhD, and HIV+ and HIV- men. The film explores the normalization and glamorization of HIV/AIDS and discusses the isolation and division caused by HIV status in the gay community. Written by Anonymous

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infection | gay | aids | bug chaser | bug | See All (26) »

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Official Sites:

Dream Out Loud Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

O Presente See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Bill: Kenboy has rented the dungeon to have a party tonight. About 150 guys are coming, and they're from his list. He's invited guys and then we have a list, and we've invited them, and they're coming here for our standard fuck party, that we generally hold here once a month. I mean, the rules have always been no drugs, no attitude, no condoms, no clothing. We do allow condoms now if guys wanna use them, we have no problem, but a hundred guys, a hundred twenty guys at the party, we'll find two or ...
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The Most Important Documentary...
20 October 2005 | by jwmckinzieSee all my reviews

The Gift Documentary is one of the most important documentaries ever filmed. So very little has been done in the age of big medicine to prevent HIV infection. In the United States we do so much spending on end care and forget about prevention. The face of HIV and AIDS is distorted in the messages of pharmaceutical companies. I certainly do not want to preach, so I will just leave this debate to the numbers; The CDC and WHO provide statistics, alarming statistics that are, if flawed in any way, underestimates. This film, for many, could be the only source of HIV infection prevention available when no one is willing to talk about HIV. It provides REALITY.

YOU CANNOT TALK ABOUT THIS SUBJECT TOO MUCH. YOU CANNOT SEE HIS FILM TOO MANY TIMES. YOU CANNOT TELL TOO MANY PEOLE TO WATCH IT.

Knowledge is power and this film provides you with knowledge and something to think about, and talk about, and act upon in any way you know how. I take personal responsibility in doing what I can to talk about this film and its content. I encourage those who read this to view the film and do the same. The film is a responsible film that is about a situation that has an impact on the lives of many people.

See this film and let's get talking!


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