LOS ANGELES: An adult film performer who tested HIV-positive has called for mandatory condom use in pornography productions, improved testing for sexually transmitted disease and follow-up care for performers.
Speaking publicly for the first time since his test sent a wave of fear over California's adult film industry, he warned of the risks of working in it.
Derrick Burts, 24, said that in the months before he tested positive for HIV, he had also contracted chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes. ''It's very dangerous,'' he said of the work. ''It should be required that you wear a condom on the set.''
He also criticised an industry-affiliated clinic that conducts HIV tests on performers, saying it failed to refer him to follow-up care. The clinic released a statement last month saying Burts - then identified as ''Patient Zeta'' - had ''acquired the virus through private personal activity''.
''That's completely false,'' Burts said on Tuesday. ''There is no possible way. The only person I had sex with in my personal life was my girlfriend.''
Burts said he tested HIV-positive in October at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation after working in both gay and straight porn films for a few months.
Regular tests are required by producers of straight porn who use a clinic database, known as AIM, to clear actors for work.
Burts said he was tested on October 8, then received a panicked call from clinic staff the next afternoon summoning him to the office. Once there, he said, clinic staff told him he had tested HIV-positive.
Ok.................................... I used to work and volunteer in HIV and Gay Men's Health and I was employed as a health educator and advocate for those who worked in the Sex Industry.
This guy sounds like a breed of young men that I call "Player Who Got Played". This guy said that condoms were not mandatory on sets. Ok...... how about GO WORK FOR ONE THAT DOES!!!????
I do not believe for ONE moment that this guy did not make a CHOICE not to use them. I have interviewed people in the sex industry and those that work in Adult Entertainment and have their own web sites. Only one of those allow a CHOICE for their actors - and even then it has to be under the STRICTEST of conditions. Any doubt - and that studio will not use the actor.
This guy - I do not believe. This guy is a Player who got played by the Bug.
I am keen to hear your thoughts.
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