HIV Positive Porn Actors Hold Press Conference

HIV Positive Porn Actors Hold Press Conference
Adult film actors, Rod Daily and Cameron Bay

Porn actress Cameron Bay and her real life boyfriend, Rod Daily, along with two other porn actors have spoken out at a press conference in Hollywood about testing positive for HIV and the conditions they face in the porn industry.

Bay, 29, had only been working in the porn movie industry for three months and done ten shoots, before she realized that she had contracted the HIV virus.  She had taken a previous test on July 27, which had come back negative.  Bay told the press that she became infected on a July 31 shoot with a fetish film company from San Francisco, named Kink.com.

Bay’s infection, which she learned about on August 21, caused the industry’s filming schedule to be called to a halt for a week.

The press conference was organized by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has been pressing hard for regulations to be imposed that require all adult actors to wear condoms on set.

A teary-eyed Bay told the conference that an incident had occurred on set on July 31 that resulted in her becoming infected with the HIV virus.  Bay said that another actor with whom she was performing had acquired a cut to his genitals, but that the cameras kept running and so Bay and the actor had continued with the shot.

The adult actress told the conference that she had not appeared there to shove anything down anyone’s throat, nor to fight anybody’s corner, but that she just wanted to make people aware of her story, in the hope that the same thing did not happen to anyone else.

The adult film industry made the announcement at the beginning of the week to put a halt on all filming, while claiming that none of the sexual screen partners of those infected with HIV had tested positive for the virus.

Another adult actor, Patrick Stone, finally spoke out, saying that he had received a false positive result on his HIV test earlier in the month, so as far as Kink.com knew, he was HIV positive.  Yet the company still scheduled him in for a shoot for Thursday.  Stone produced the email confirmation of the shoot, which said that he would be filming a domination scene, but the email had failed to make any mention of his test result.

The owner of Kink, Peter Acworth, defended himself in a statement that acknowledged the performers who had tested positive, saying that the company’s hearts go out to them.  The statement also accused the AIDS Healthcare Foundation of being too slack with its facts on the industry and that it was creating hysteria surrounding HIV.  Acworth also went on to say that his company had no knowledge of Stone’s HIV status and that Stone would have had to produce proof that he was clear before going ahead with a shoot.  Finally, he stipulated that all of the performers who work with Kink know that they are allowed to request a condom or stop a shoot at any time and that Kink takes the safety of its performers seriously.  He still insisted that HIV was not transmitted on set, although Ms Bay’s case did cause the company to reevaluate for the future what will be permitted on shoots, whether it is mutually agreed between screen partners or not.

But Bay was reported to tell the conference that asking for a condom was not a something that was done on shoots, if an actor did not want to be replaced.  While some actors have said that it should be down to personal choice to use HIV Positive Porn Actors Hold Press Conferencecondoms on set, others have expressed their fears that asking for condoms would put them out of work.

Bay’s boyfriend, Rod Daily, 32, has been acting in the industry considerably longer than his girlfriend and said that he knew for a fact that condoms have always worked on adult sets.  He has been known to regularly shoot gay scenes and he said that wearing condoms on a gay set was a given, in comparison to straight sets.  He also said that he had performed with other male actors who were known to have HIV, yet his tests came out negative.  However, his initial attitude towards his recent HIV positive diagnosis came across on Twitter as flippant.

Daily tweeted about being “blessed” that the virus was caught early so that he could “blast” it with medication.  He complained later at the conference that now the industry would require performers to test every 14 days, as opposed to every 28 days at their own cost, which would leave them out of pocket, whereas the industry would not offer to pay for tests.  But he finished by hitting the nail on the head, by saying that the business of the industry is money and not the performers.

The president for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Michael Weinstein, said that regular HIV tests are not sufficient when attempting to protect the health of actors in the adult film industry.   Whether or not porn actors decide to hold press conferences about the conditions within the industry, the fact remains that Cameron Bay had carried on performing with HIV between her tests.  Weinstein likened the industry’s current lack of care for its workers to a game of Russian roulette.

Written by: Brucella Newman

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