You’re nervous and excited when you first arrive at the orgy — everyone there is a major babe alert, DTF, and one mystery guest just happens to be HIV-positive. Ooh-la-la, that last bit is really twisting your gears as you shuffle into the living room.
Goosed with the possibility of catching the virus from one of these handsome strangers — could it be him, the one in the leather harness with that new-car smell? — you rip off your shirt, snort your fresh bottle of Amsterdam poppers, and hurdle yourself into the steamy, thrusty miasma of manflesh.
The downside: you won’t know whether you’ve succeeded in catching HIV for at least a few weeks. Nevertheless, you try to live in the moment, surrendering your body to hunk after hunk, closing your eyes and choosing to believe you’re going to catch the virus because you want it more than any of these other wannabes.
If a sea of new articles from the likes of Dazed Digital, The Sun, The Daily Mail, and The Mirror are to be believed (and we strongly suspect they aren’t), you’ve just attended your first (or maybe your fifth) “sex roulette” party, a troubling and probably totally pretend new trend that’s a new spin on the idea of “bug chasing” or “gift giving.” Even some gay press reported the story as reputable news.
“Doctors” warn that these nefarious sex parties are “on the rise,” according to The Daily Mail.
Well, like, one doctor in Barcelona.
Sex roulette parties where one person is secretly HIV positive and nobody is allowed to use condoms are on the rise, warn doctors.
The parties are usually attended by gay men, who are entertained by the ‘thrill’ of not knowing whether they will be infected or not.
Spanish doctors have noted a rise in the parties where attendees often take anti-viral drugs to reduce the risk of transmission.
That last bit is rather perplexing to us: hordes of gay men are flocking to bareback orgies, enticed by the prospect of potentially catching the HIV virus while also decreasing their chances of catching the disease by taking anti-viral drugs? Isn’t that like playing Russian Roulette with an unloaded gun?
Speaking to el Periodico, Dr. Josep Mallolas of Hospital Clinic Barcelona sounds very, berry worried about these totally fabricated “sex roulette” parties currently sweeping across the land.
“There is everything,” he begins philosophically. “Sex roulette parties, or sex parties you can only attend if you already have HIV.” (The door guy at those parties really has his work cut out for him.)
Dr. Mallolas claims some of these parties are known as “blue” parties because… because that’s the color of anti-viral pills like Truvada, you see.
Kate Morley, a “psychosexual therapist,” has been widely quoted as saying, “Going to sex roulette parties is about the risk, partygoers think the higher the risk, the stronger the thrill.”
“In the case of sex parties,” she says, “the intense high is as you combine orgasm with high adrenaline.”
And suddenly, we yearn for the simpler days of auto-erotic asphyxiation.
So. Do you think this could this possibly be a real trend? Or, like us, do you think this is a sorry attempt to drum up some good old-fashioned gay panic (and plenty of clicks.)