Your response to the story below has been amazing, and we appreciate your comments. But some of them have been troubling, and I have decided that I should explain a bit more about myself and about the story. The true prevalence of the phenomenon of bug chasing is nearly impossible to ascertain, due to laws maintaining the privacy of medical records and the fact that many people do not disclose to their doctors how they became HIV-positive. But there are more people in the bug-chasing community than many of us ever imagined, as my investigation below clearly shows.
Timeline of HIV/AIDS
Castro District, San Francisco - Wikipedia
Like many men his age, Brad Wojcoski, 34, is looking for love. I'd much rather be going home to a lover and cooking dinner. But the heinous thing about AIDS is that it infects everything. It's omnipresent. It doesn't make anything easier, from my finances to my social life to my love life to my sex life. Your chances of being in communion with someone are rare, and then to have to inject a sense of mortality into a casual encounter-it doesn't make it casual anymore.
Castro District, San Francisco
Brian Basinger experienced housing discrimination firsthand last year when he helped his boyfriend look for a landlord with an available unit and a willingness to accept a disabled tenant with AIDS, a limited income and a Section 8 housing voucher. Basinger quickly learned that many landlords are loath to accept subsidies. Five months passed before they found a home.
Apparently Grindr has been sharing people's HIV status with 3rd parties. Privacy is dead. Grindr is selling your GPS locations for profit. Grindr is selling your email for profit. Breaches happen all of the time now, and your personal info could be next.