Who’s up for a little sex roulette? Before you answer, you better hear the terms

Who’s up for a little sex roulette? Before you answer, you better hear the terms
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This column is addressed more to young thrill-seekers than it is to their middle-aged parents. If you number yourself in the latter group, you may want to make sure that junior (or juniorette) understands the risks.

A “party game” currently making the rounds in Europe and doubtless headed here eventually and described by Metro as “the ultimate in extreme sex” is sex roulette. Like Russian roulette, on which the game is loosely based, the life of the party runs the very real risk of becoming the death of the party.

Here’s how it works: One person is secretly infected with HIV. Everyone in attendance has unprotected sex with one or more other guests without knowing which one carries the potentially deadly virus.

Doctors in Barcelona have claimed that ‘sex roulette’ parties taking place, usually among gay men – and it echoes previous reports of such parties among wealthy people in Serbia.

The ‘thrill’ comes from knowing you might be infected, people who claim to have attended such parties say.

Dr Josep Mallolas of Hospital Clinic Barcelona says that the parties are a sign that people have ‘lost respect’ for HIV, in a report in el Periodico.


The chief difference between sex roulette and Russian roulette, in addition to the debauchery attending the former, is that death in Russian roulette is instantaneous whereas death by HIV infection can take years — and even then there is no longer a certainty that you will die.

Mallolas notes that a safer variation on sex roulette is known as “blue” roulette. It is so name because attendees take anti-viral medication to cut the risk of transmitting the virus.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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