Seeking Bug Chasers And/or Gift Givers

My name is Airriell Thomas and I am a 5th year doctoral student at Adler University. Personal and professional experiences with chronic illness, including HIV, have fueled this dissertation study. It is dedicated to gaining greater understanding of the motivations behind one’s participation in “bug chasing” (sometimes referred to as ‘pozzing’) or “gift giving”. Your participation will help me and other members of the professional community better understand what may be attractive about bug chasing as the well as associated challenges. The goal in gathering this information is ultimately to contribute to the physical, social and emotional functioning of the population at large.

In order to participate you have to be 18 years of age, able to provide informed consent and identify as one or more of the following:

  • actively seeking to become HIV (bug chasers)
  • OR actively seeking unprotected sexual encounters to share your HIV with others (gift givers)
  • OR someone who currently or formerly is partnered and or sexually involved with a bug chaser or gift giver

Please use the provided link if you meet the criteria and wish to participate. If you choose to participate, the survey will take approximately 20-minutes to complete.

Please note: Participation in this study is completely voluntary and you may exit the survey at any time. No identifying information will be kept or traced back to you in any way. Your participation is completely anonymous, and I have no way of knowing if you choose to participate. 

If any questions or concerns arise, please contact Airriell Thomas, or my dissertation chair, Seema Saigal, Ph.D. at You may contact the Adler IRB directly at

Compensation: N/A



Airriell Thomas at Adler University

Recruitment Began

2021-01-19 11:00:01





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