I posed as a bug chaser on Bareback Real Time as well as on Grindr, the most popular gay dating app, and on Recon, another dating app specifically for men with sexual fetishes.
I have not included the names of those who communicated with me out of respect for their privacy.
I don’t believe that members of the bug-chasing and gifting subculture should be criminalized or shunned.
But I do believe that increased public health efforts are needed, as I suggest in the article.
We should not simply assume that this population doesn’t exist (it does) or that it is not worthy of our attention (it is).