‘Sex Roulette’ Parties: An Insanely Risky New Trend Spreading HIV Like Wildfire

Mirror was the first source to report the recent rise of “sex roulette” parties, massive orgies that the guests participate in with the knowledge that one of the attendees is infected with HIV.

“The wealthy organize these sex parties for other rich people. The real kick for these people is apparently the risk that they might be the one having sex with the HIV-infected partner,” said Tijana, a stripper from Serbia, the alleged birthplace of the sex roulette parties, who has firsthand knowledge of the parties.

Speaking to Metro, Tijana revealed that the sex roulette parties are kept as anonymous as possible to up the thrill for the attendees.

“People who turn up for the party wear masks, and one of them has HIV.”

Kate Morley, a psychosexual therapist, elaborated on why people wish to submit themselves to the incredible risks sex roulette parties entail in an interview with Hello U.

“Partygoers think the higher the risk, the stronger the thrill. 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.”

The Daily Mail reports that the sex roulette parties are attended primarily by gay men, but Tijana says they originated in Serbia as a way for the rich to obtain thrills money cannot buy, and the Spanish authorities are now reporting that sex roulette is a growing trend among the country’s teen population, regardless of sexuality.

In fact, reports The Independent, Barcelona’s hospital clinic recently reported a sharp increase in the number of HIV-positive patients being treated, with 4,500 such patients (and 100 new ones every day) having been seen by the facility.

Nearly all of the publications covering the sex roulette debacle cite Josep Mallolas, a Spanish physician who spoke to a Spanish language news source about the risky epidemic. His account was translated into English.

Mallolas says that the sex roulette parties have several different variations, some of which require all guests to be HIV-positive from the start, and some of which supply guests with pills that lessen the chance of being infected.

But regardless of what type of sex roulette party is being held, Mallolas says, they show that people do not understand the seriousness of HIV, a chronic disease that has torn apart many lives.

The parties are a sign that people have “lost respect” for HIV, says Mirror‘s translation of Mallolas’ report.

The fact that the “sex roulette” Spanish teenagers are not taking the scourge that is HIV as seriously as they should may be due to easily accessible treatment methods, explains Caitlin Maron, a news officer from HIV prevention agency AVERT.

“We’ve become victims of our own success when it comes to treatment. HIV treatment is much more accessible and effective in this era, and people living with HIV are living healthier lives and into old age. As such, many people may feel that becoming infected with HIV isn’t such a ‘big deal’.”

However, Maron goes on, easy treatment does not mean the possibility of contracting HIV at one of these sex roulette parties should be taken lightly.

“Whilst the outlook for people living with HIV is certainly positive,” she adds, “it is still a life-long chronic condition, with treatment needing to be taken every day. Living with HIV can still be a significant challenge for many.”

Sex roulette parties got their name from Russian Roulette, a party “game” where participants pass around a gun loaded with one bullet in one of its six chambers at random. They take turns putting the gun to their heads and pulling the trigger, not knowing when the fatal moment will come until it is too late.

Like its Russian predecessor, sex roulette is an incredibly dangerous game, and we can only hope the growing trend does not continue to spread.

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