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Apparently, according to various media reports in Spain, kids there are now partaking in something called “Sex Roulette” which involves having unprotected sex parties where they invite one person to join the orgy who secretly has HIV.
Seriously, what the fuck, people?
“That’s not something I think teens should be doing.”
The trend, which is apparently practised by people of all sexualities, echoes the equally contentious ‘bugchasing’ movement; where gay men actively pursue the virus for sexual pleasure. This time, however, the rules are more open. For example, while some of these orgies are exclusive only to HIV carriers, others “offer blue tablets” that are supposed to prevent the contraction of the virus. “These are non-prescription drugs in Spain and therefore bought on the black market,” French radio channel Equinox explains.
According to Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic – which is currently treating around 100 HIV carriers a day – the rise of ‘sex roulette’ has also been linked to a spate of other sexual diseases in the city; including hepatitis C, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. It has also been connected to the notable decline in the amount of young people who are concerned with catching HIV (stats reveal that 24 per cent of 15-25-year-olds are “not afraid” of the virus).
So why on God’s green Earth would ANYONE want to participate in such a dangerous sex game?
“Going to sex roulette parties is about the risk, partygoers think the higher the risk, the stronger the thrill,” says psychosexual therapist Kate Morley. “In the case of sex parties the intense high is as you combine orgasm with high adrenaline. However the high is short term and the long term consequences are dangerous as not only is there the risk of contracting HIV, but other harmful sexually transmitted infections.”
Whatever happened to just throwing a kegger and fumbling around in the back of your parents’ car? Is that not enough of a thrill anymore? Jeezus, kids these days.