A Documentary by Louise Hogarth
about the film
years after the initial panic, there is a dangerous new complacency fueled
by the mistaken belief that AIDS is now a manageable disease.
Giver: HIV positive man who gives the gift of HIV infection
As many men in the community become condom weary, and some even consciously desire HIV infection, disturbing new trends of risky behavior have pushed the rate of new infections back into a rapid rise, all to the mantra of Dont Ask, Dont Tell.
Internet sites for promotion and connection, a community of barebackers
(those who have sex without a condom) is flourishing. This includes bug
chasers who host conversion parties where men actively seek the gift of
a central character of the film, is a bright, articulate young man who
moved from the Midwest to San Francisco in search of a gay community.
He became a bug chaser and actively sought the gift of HIV infection.
When Doug became infected with the virus, he felt a sense of belonging
to a community. He is now dealing with the unexpected severity of his
featured in the documentary is noted psychoanalyst and community activist
Walt Odets, MD, author of In the Shadow of the Epidemic.
Dr.Odets examines the loss, grief and anxiety experienced by HIV negative
It is the filmmakers hope that The Gift will create dialogue within the community and raise awareness of the issues of isolation and division in the gay community around HIV status, thereby leading to a renewed prevention effort.