HIV Positive Porn Performer Speaks Out

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    Dec 08, 2010 10:04 AM GMT
    Here's an interesting article:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-porn-hiv-20101208,0,7550266.story?track=rss

    An adult actor, Derek Burts (age 24) known as "Cameron Reid" in straight porn films and "Derek Chambers" in gay porn films tested positive for HIV in October, 2010.

    He states in the article: "It's very dangerous," he said of adult film work. "It should be required that you wear a condom on the set."

    Burts, who grew up in Whittier and Hemet, graduated from Hemet High School and a hotel management school in Florida and worked as a hotel manager and cruise ship magician before becoming a porn performer for the money. He said he earned $200 to $800 for filming a straight scene and $1,000 to $2,000 for a gay scene.

    Looking back, he said he wishes he had known more about the risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in the industry.

    "Making $10,000 or $15,000 for porn isn't worth your life," he said. "Performers need to be educated."

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    It is quite surprising that in this day and age he (or anyone) was unaware of the risk(s) associated with sexually transmitted diseases....especially if you're in that line of work!
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    Dec 08, 2010 10:23 AM GMT
    B787 saidIt is quite surprising that in this day and age he (or anyone) was unaware of the risk(s) associated with sexually transmitted diseases....especially if you're in that line of work!

    That's why HIV/AIDS agencies are putting more emphasis on education and outreach programs. Ever since the Bush Administration slashed Federal money for such efforts, and barred the topic from US schools. And Obama hasn't acted aggressively enough to reverse those decisions, so we're seeing an increase in HIV among young people due to their ignorance.

    This is like a moving conveyor belt, where the kids just getting on the belt don't know what the rest of us further along already know. It requires constant education, and for 10 years that hasn't been happening. No surprise then that we're seeing these results.

    This porn star was just 14 or so when Bush took office, who promptly killed HIV education courses, in favor of abstinence as the US government's sole official policy. And so we get these results, and guys saying "But I didn't know." Yeah, for a reason.

    I hear it every day, and have to handle these cases. And talk to tearful mothers, who ask me: "Will my son die? Does he have any hope?"

    Fucking Republicans...
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    Dec 08, 2010 12:35 PM GMT
    B787 saidHere's an interesting article:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-porn-hiv-20101208,0,7550266.story?track=rss

    An adult actor, Derek Burts (age 24) known as "Cameron Reid" in straight porn films and "Derek Chambers" in gay porn films tested positive for HIV in October, 2010.

    He states in the article: "It's very dangerous," he said of adult film work. "It should be required that you wear a condom on the set."

    Burts, who grew up in Whittier and Hemet, graduated from Hemet High School and a hotel management school in Florida and worked as a hotel manager and cruise ship magician before becoming a porn performer for the money. He said he earned $200 to $800 for filming a straight scene and $1,000 to $2,000 for a gay scene.

    Looking back, he said he wishes he had known more about the risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in the industry.

    "Making $10,000 or $15,000 for porn isn't worth your life," he said. "Performers need to be educated."

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    It is quite surprising that in this day and age he (or anyone) was unaware of the risk(s) associated with sexually transmitted diseases....especially if you're in that line of work!


    So he contracted it via unprotected ORAL sex? icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_neutral.gif

    So, so, sad...and actually a wake up a call
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    Dec 08, 2010 1:37 PM GMT
    You work in the sex industry- you run the risk of contracting HIV. No brainer. Not exactly rocket science here.
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    Dec 08, 2010 1:47 PM GMT
    He's not the first... he won't be the last.

    The trouble is that barebacking is so cool now in gay porn (and outside of it, from what the nice people who administered my HIV test the other day told me) that I don't think the porn industry will ever go back to it. They have gotta make their audience happy, and will justify it with the most stupid nonsense.
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    Dec 08, 2010 1:52 PM GMT
    catfish5 saidYou work in the sex industry- you run the risk of contracting HIV. No brainer. Not exactly rocket science here.


    You have sex AT ALL you run the risk of catching HIV- period.

    I wonder if this guy used condoms in all his scenes or not though, and whether it was unprotected anal/oral he caught it by =S

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    Dec 08, 2010 2:09 PM GMT
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    catfish5 saidYou work in the sex industry- you run the risk of contracting HIV. No brainer. Not exactly rocket science here.


    You have sex AT ALL you run the risk of catching HIV- period.

    I wonder if this guy used condoms in all his scenes or not though, and whether it was unprotected anal/oral he caught it by =S


    Absolutely. I was just narrowing the scope of my statement to reflect the man in the article. Instead of taking accountability for his actions, he insinuates that he is an innocent victim of sex industry practices. Not true. He accepted the risk in exchange for $$$. Unfortunately, he got burned in the end.
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    Dec 08, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    Many companies require a pretty extensive test through the Adult Industry Medical organization that runs the test, I believe 10,000 times and tests for DNA compromise and not just weirdo antibody indicators. I always take the test on my own and all of my scene partners have as well.
    I've also never participated in, or worked with, companies that do not follow safety standards!
    And I know what I'm getting into everytime I do the work, so I certainly wouldn't blame anyone but myself if I contracted and STD through "work".

    One issue is that he also worked in straight porn. The vast majority of straight companies DO NOT practice safe sex on set. One reason I was told was because "Eventually, straight people want kids, and you can't really do that most of the time using a condom." :shrugs:
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    Dec 08, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    Man, if that's not playing Russian Roulette with your life, I don't know what is... icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 08, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    B787 said
    Burts, who grew up in Whittier and Hemet, graduated from Hemet High School and a hotel management school in Florida and worked as a hotel manager This takes the 'lack' education out of the equation, both cities are in CALIFORNIA..

    Looking back, he said he wishes he had known more about the risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in the industry.



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    It is quite surprising that in this day and age he (or anyone) was unaware of the risk(s) associated with sexually transmitted diseases....especially if you're in that line of work!
    I agree strongly.................. very strongly.. there is no excuse.
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    Dec 08, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    Tonync1969 saidMan, if that's not playing Russian Roulette with your life, I don't know what is... icon_eek.gif


    What exactly? Having sex, whether it's in the adult industry or not, you take your chances.

    I know more non-adult industry guys with incurrable STDs than adult industry guys, and the guys who I know who are non-industry are far more loose than the industry guys.
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    Dec 08, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
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    Tonync1969 saidMan, if that's not playing Russian Roulette with your life, I don't know what is... icon_eek.gif


    What exactly? Having sex, whether it's in the adult industry or not, you take your chances.

    I know more non-adult industry guys with incurrable STDs than adult industry guys, and the guys who I know who are non-industry are far more loose than the industry guys.


    Exactly. I've had friends that have beleived that they were at greater risk for catching hiv by having sex with a porn star. I've had to explain to them that if they were barebacking with someone who does bareback films, well duh. But otherwise, the only difference between the porn star and another random trick is video documentation. None of the adult performers I know have sex any more often that your average homo. It's foolish and naive to think you're at less risk having sex with a non industry person.
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    Dec 08, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    B787 said
    It is quite surprising that in this day and age he (or anyone) was unaware of the risk(s) associated with sexually transmitted diseases....especially if you're in that line of work!
    A agree, I mean really! Isn't there some personal accountability here? You can blame the politicians for slashing funding but really, that's just BS. You have to accept responsibility for your own actions. If he didn't know what would happen then he shouldn't have accepted the job. With the amount of education provided related to all STDs, there is NO excuse for saying 'I didn't know'. That's like a high rise window washer saying, "I didn't know I could fall so far"....really?
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    Dec 08, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    If you follow the link to the article you find out he had contracted the drip, the clap, and the itch all in the preceeding 90 days (while professing also to only be having sex on porn sets and with his girlfriend) and in that time it did not occur to him that he could also contract HIV?

    OK - I know I am going to get it for the following, but: we could all help out this situation by not being such a relatively high consumer group of porn. I am guilty but I am trying to be more and more cognizant of how the industry hurts us all by promoting stupidity in our sexual conduct and hurting the performers in all sorts of ways.
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    Dec 08, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    LanceKC said...OK - I know I am going to get it for the following, but: we could all help out this situation by not being such a relatively high consumer group of porn. I am guilty but I am trying to be more and more cognizant of how the industry hurts us all by promoting stupidity in our sexual conduct and hurting the performers in all sorts of ways.


    You're right. But the same thing can also be said for the heteros. I believe their porn industry is still larger than ours but I'm not sure. As a former frequent porn viewer, pornography paints a false dichotomy of sex and love, plain and simple. It degrades other human beings and turns them into nothing but sexual play things that only exist to be used as the performer/director/company see fit.

    PS-Aren't we the country with the highest amount of porn producers and viewers? Any stats or info would be appreciated.
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    Dec 08, 2010 3:54 PM GMT
    Maybe I'm not reading this close enough but it just doesn't seem to add up. Why is he so sure he got HIV from performing unprotected oral in a gay film when he was having unprotected vaginal sex in straight films. The clinic wouldn't specify the gender. Also, the clinic said he had filmed a scene with someone who was a "known positive". If the gay porn companies don't require testing, how would the clinic know anybody making a gay porn was positive? They would only know that about the straight porn actors. Yet he's sure he got it from doing the gay film? Doing oral sex which is less risky than unprotected vaginal sex? And then he gave them a list of the people who he had sex with, they were quarantined, and none of them tested positive and yet the clinic said he shot a scene with a "known positive"? Maybe I need another cup of coffee but this article didn't seem to make much sense. Not to mention a rather hard-to-believe naivete he seemed to have that one has the possibility of contracting HIV making adult videos. Especially after he had contracted three other STDs. I feel for the guy but so much of that article leaves me scratching my head. I wouldn't put it past the adult entertainment industry to do sketchy things but I wonder if he did contract it personally and doesn't want his girlfriend to know so is blaming it on the films.
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    Dec 08, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    LanceKC saidIf you follow the link to the article you find out he had contracted the drip, the clap, and the itch all in the preceeding 90 days (while professing also to only be having sex on porn sets and with his girlfriend) and in that time it did not occur to him that he could also contract HIV?

    OK - I know I am going to get it for the following, but: we could all help out this situation by not being such a relatively high consumer group of porn. I am guilty but I am trying to be more and more cognizant of how the industry hurts us all by promoting stupidity in our sexual conduct and hurting the performers in all sorts of ways.



    Hey Lance, sorry to repeat one of your points. You made it before I was able to post mine. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 08, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    cmhoh1985 saidPS-Aren't we the country with the highest amount of porn producers and viewers? Any stats or info would be appreciated.
    If that is true and I have no reason to believe it is not, I wonder if it has to do with the puritan view on sexuality here in America. I think that's why we have so many 'bathroom politicians' too. Perhaps a little more open about natural sexual activities and there wouldn't be a need for so much porn and the resulting spread of STDs.
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    Dec 08, 2010 3:58 PM GMT
    An important point that hasn't been addressed is that he said in the interview video that he must have been exposed to HIV in straight porn and not gay porn. His account of doing both was that in gay porn, test results weren't required but wearing a condom was, however, in straight porn, testing was required but he'd never seen a condom used on set in straight porn productions.

    Safety and education is current best practice for sex. Ignorance isn't a crime, but the actions that come from ignorance can be criminal. By corollary, education is the solution. Until a cure is found, it is the only defense.
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    cmhoh1985 saidPS-Aren't we the country with the highest amount of porn producers and viewers? Any stats or info would be appreciated.
    If that is true and I have no reason to believe it is not, I wonder if it has to do with the puritan view on sexuality here in America. I think that's why we have so many 'bathroom politicians' too. Perhaps a little more open about natural sexual activities and there wouldn't be a need for so much porn and the resulting spread of STDs.


    I find that strange as well. For a country with such puritanical views on sex and sexuality, we seem to be the largest consumers and producers of porn on the planet. Perhaps because sex and sexuality are still such forbidden topics that we seek them out, especially sex, in 'un-orthodox' ways. Sex education should have it's rightful place in our culture but it doesn't because we are too afraid to talk about it. Hell, how many of us remember our parents not wanting to talk about sex or where we came from? And the story about the stork? OMGosh! Who came up with that one?
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    Dec 08, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
    bgcat57 saidAn important point that hasn't been addressed is that he said in the interview video that he must have been exposed to HIV in straight porn and not gay porn. His account of doing both was that in gay porn, test results weren't required but wearing a condom was, however, in straight porn, testing was required but he'd never seen a condom used on set in straight porn productions.

    Safety and education is current best practice for sex. Ignorance isn't a crime, but the actions that come from ignorance can be criminal. By corollary, education is the solution. Until a cure is found, it is the only defense.



    He didn't say that he "must have been exposed to HIV in straight porn and not gay porn" in the video interview. However, he did emphasize that testing was not enough in straight porn which leads one to get the impression that's that where he thinks he got it from but then, in the written part of the interview it says: "Burt says he may have contracted the disease during a gay porn shoot in Florida. He said the performers used condoms during intercourse but not during oral sex." Which makes the whole thing even more confusing and strange.
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    Dec 08, 2010 4:28 PM GMT
    I find several things interesting and something to ponder..

    "Contrary to Burts' account of what he was told, clinic officials released a statement last month saying "Patient Zeta acquired the virus through private, personal activity."
    "That's completely false," Burts said Tuesday. "There is no possible way. The only person I had sex with in my personal life was my girlfriend."
    and you really believe this to be the 'whole truth'? c'mon... and his 'girlfriend' had sex with how many? It's the pyramid syndrome.

    "The list included his girlfriend, who also works in the industry as a performer." hmmmmm makes ya think... wonder how he 'met' her. Monogamous 'lily white' high school couples rarely, if ever, run happily into the porn industry together.
    "Burts said he gave clinic staff the names of about a dozen performers he had worked with in California and Florida in both gay and straight productions. The list included his girlfriend, who also works in the industry as a performer.
    The clinic has since said that none of the performers on its quarantine list tested positive. Burts confirmed that his girlfriend tested negative."
    Burts 'says' one thing.. the clinic can't deny OR affirm what he 'claims' by law!


    Something is VERY twisty and smelly about this article,story, issue....
    Something like 'fame'....

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    Dec 08, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    I say, make your own porn.

    It's cheap, fun, easy and hot!
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    Dec 08, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    It's flat out amazing that the gay industry doesn't mandate testing AND condom use
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    Dec 08, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    This article is confusing... there is a liar in the mix.