An activity primarily used by (but not exclusive to) young homosexual men. The original aim was to intentionally contract the HIV virus by exposing oneself to a carrier, ensuring death one the virus took hold (many likened this to a form of suicide).
Some gay men, expose themselves to the virus if their partners have it in order to have sex without the need for protection and as a form of bonding.
However, some bug catchers enjoy 'collecting' STD's and will go out of their way to contract as many as possible. They usually enjoy telling people about thier diseases, are exhibitionist about them and see them as achivements. Some even cultivate or inflame the diseases, and do not seek medical attention in order to get disterbing symptoms or perminant disfiguration.
Normally, the more extreme Bug chasers or bug catchers care little for their well being are mentally disturbed and unstable. Most are sexually free and there may even be some that enjoy giving their 'gifts' to unaware sexual partners.
"I think I look pretty hot, even if I do have genital warts. I don't mind them at all. In fact, I have a fetish for 'bug catching' which is getting lasting 'gifts' from sex partners (I never use condoms for this reason). If you disagree with it, that is fine. Just don't judge me." - Quote from a certified Bug Catcher
A person who purposely attempts to become infected with HIV through sexual intercourse.
"The bug catcher was ecstatic; now that he was infected with HIV, he no longer had anything to fear from fellating anonymous men."