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Controversial documentary about gay men purposely contracting the AIDS virus.


Louise Hogarth


Louise Hogarth


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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Release Date:

1 December 2003 (South Korea) See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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John: Bill will say that barebacking didn't have anything to do with it, however I somewhat disagree. You know, I still do it, it's my choice, I enjoy it. You know, I don't like to use a condom. There are a lot of dangers to barebacking. I don't play at the parties as much as I used to, because I tend to get sick easier than most people. And some of these diseases I have, like I said, they don't know what they are.
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A Letter to Louise Hogarth from Dani, Spokesmodel HIV Stops With Me
15 October 2005 | by louise hogarthSee all my reviews

My name is Dani. I've been hearing about your documentary from my peers and the community of HIV prevention and education I work in. So I decided a couple of weeks ago to stay up until 3am and watch your film on the Sundance Channel. I am writing you first and foremost to congratulate you on a very powerful and moving film. I taped it and watched it probably five or six times, crying over this tragic problem in our community. As a health educator, it deeply saddens me and also awakened me to realize that I have to work harder because of this. As a health educator and a registered nurse myself, I firmly believe that this is a very effective and valuable tool we can show and disseminate to the community in general to decrease the incidence of HIV and AIDS not only in the Los Angeles county but everywhere it is needed. Thank you so much for making this film. This film delivers a powerful punch to awaken everybody's senses, to educate without ignorance and fear.

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