Some people in Spain are reportedly engaging in "sex roulette" parties in which one person secretly has HIV, and everyone engages in unprotected sex.
Doctors in Barcelona, Spain, described this form of dangerous sex in a report by el Periodico.
According to the doctors, the parties usually include gay men, notes Metro News in the U.K.
Dr. Josep Mallolas, of Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic, said that people have "lost respect" for HIV, although there are some events called "blue" parties in which people take an anti-viral medication as a risky precaution.
"There is everything: sex roulette parties, or sex parties you can only attend if you already have HIV," Mallolas added.
The Spanish media says this dangerous trend is occurring among teens who engage in orgies, notes DazedDigital.com.
Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic is reportedly treating about 100 HIV infected people each day along with cases of hepatitis C, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
The increase of these incidents is said to be connected to young people who are not worried about HIV; 24 percent of 15-25-year-olds are reportedly "not afraid" of the incurable virus that most often leads to AIDS.
"Going to sex roulette parties is about the risk; partygoers think the higher the risk, the stronger the thrill," psychosexual therapist Kate Moyle told DazedDigital.com. "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."
Caitlin Maron, of AVERT, an HIV/AIDS awareness group, added:
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." ...
Whilst the outlook for people living with HIV is certainly positive, 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.