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HIV-positive porn star says barebacking must be banned

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  1. I would like to know how you are 100% sure you contracted HIV whilst filming.?

    Derrick you’re a adult and choose to bareback. That said I am sorry to learn you are HIV positive. Have unprotected sex and you are at risk.

    Surely the AIM database is about as much use as a wet paper bag. If there’s a window period of testing for HIV the database is always out of date.

    When he returned to the clinic he was told he had caught the virus from someone who was known positive. I may be out of touch but my understanding is the test cannot tell you whom you caught the virus off?

    He believe he caught the virus on a gay film shoot where condoms were not worn for oral sex. Again my understanding is there is a risk from oral sex but its low.

    Seem to lots of misinformation in the article that doesn’t make complete sense to me.

  2. Jock S. Trap 9 Dec 2010, 11:20am

    I neither agree nor disagree but I do feel that this messages backs up those religious numb-nuts who seem to thing all gay people don’t/can’t think for themselves.

    People love watching horror and thrillers but the majority don’t feel the need to go out and murder others after watching them.

    Either have stricter rules allowing those who wish to do bareback porn, do them and those who don’t want to do them don’t!

  3. Jock S. Trap 9 Dec 2010, 11:22am

    @ Gav

    Yep your right. Whilst my sympathies do go to this bloke I do feel it is more justifying blame than facing up to ones own actions.

  4. Bareback porn should be banned – it’s sad that cases like this have to come about to make people see sense.

    G

  5. Unfortunately a small minority that watch porn do emulate the actions. Porn does have an effect from the way men “should” look (shaved or muscly or well endowed etc etc). so bareback has that effect too. I agree that bareback porn should be banned from the porn industry but the responsability is that of each individual! Scary to see so many guys on dating/sex websites, such as gaydar, manhunt or gayromeo, that state that safer sex needs discussion or that they do not practice save sex! Its stupid!

  6. First, this boy makes it sound like he’s straight. What does his behavior have to do with gay men? Second, he claims he hot HIV from oral sex. What does that have to do with barebacking? I’m sorry this boy has HIV and I don’t support barebacking, but this article and its subject are bollocks.

    1. Sister Mary Clarence 31 Dec 2013, 1:18am

      I think rather than the article being bollocks, i think the actor concerned is talking bollocks. He went into the barebacking venture with his eyes open, he could have elected to take either pre-exposure medication or post exposure medication if he so chose. The likelihood of him contracting it through oral sex is extremely low, he’s talking out of his arse – might be because he’s upset, I’m more inclined to think its because he’s a dick.

      I’m sorry for him, and I’m sure he regrets what’s happened but at the end of the day he was kind of playing with fire.

  7. @Jock S. Trap indeed but the big difference is that actors in thriller and horror movies don’t die for real when they die on screen.

    The demand for BB pron is putting the actors at risk and that’s good enough to impose condoms on screen. What people do in their bedroom is another story…

  8. Jock S. Trap 9 Dec 2010, 12:22pm

    So would that just be banning bareback sex from gay porn or from straight porn too? What then? ban bondage films? rough sex? cp? then what, banning anal sex? then back to banning gay porn altogether?

    It may be a sensitive issue but is it workable?

    The problem is there are plenty who wish to perform in bareback films and while there money to be made, I can’t see it being workable to ban 1it.

    They’ll always be a market for them and people willing to do them.

  9. Gav – spot on.

    Also, he argues that he got HIV from oral sex yet the chances of catching HIV through oral is remarkably slim.

    For a porn artist he knows nothing about risk factors of sexual activities.

    Love it how he blames the gay porn film industry first off though. Blame those dirty gays for all your woes.

    He’s an adult, he screwed up and now is throwing his toys out of the pram.

  10. Whatever happened to taking personal responsibility?

  11. Bareback is made by people who hate gay men and watched by people who like to see gay men in danger. Its also for self loathers

  12. Breathtaking rubbish James.

    You sound like the religious fruitcake who thinks the new screening machines at airports are part of the gay agenda coz we will all be sitting there perving at him when he walks through.

    I think personal responsibility and personal assessment of risk are what is really needed not legislation.

    We all know that testing is not 100% safe (we know the infection visibility window), we know condoms are not 100% safe and that oral sex is only ‘low’ risk. There is always risk and we take account of that every time we have sex. It is a choice – unsafe sex, safer sex or no sex.

    It is up to the guys in the films, LGBT or Straight to decide for themselves how safe the environment is and make their own calls.

    I do think this article has several inconsistencies and I think he would be one of the very few reported cases of oral infection of HIV (he seems to suggest that the infection was oral which would suggest that the gay film employed condoms for anal).

    I think using condoms for oral, either in films or in real life would be a step too far.

  13. It is the responsibility of employers – in this case the makers of porn films – to ensure that people working for them have a safe working environment. Yes, there is also personal responsibility in the equation: but employment laws are there, or should be there, to ensure that people do not have the bare choice of safeguarding their health or losing their job.

  14. Dave I guess life is all black and white to you. You know nothing about coercion, depression, low self worth or manipulation. Porn producers are not known for their warm hearts and compassion. Bareback makes money when the actors get sick their thrown on the scrapheap. You have no idea about bonding with a fellow human porn has desenstised you

  15. Sister Mary Clarance 9 Dec 2010, 4:07pm

    James. I know a number of people who are, and I’m going to use the term in it loosest possible sense, porn ‘actors’.

    They do it because it is good advertising for their main line of work, which is escorting.

    They neither ‘act’ in porn films nor escort because of low self esteem, they do it because they like the money and the hours.

    Not everyone has the same views/hang-ups about selling their bodies for money, so its not always wise to assume that everyone has the same world view as your own.

    When they sign up for a film they have to provide proof of age and identity and sign a declaration stating they know exactly what they are getting into and the risks involved. They also ask the HIV status of all participants.

    He elected to take part in the film and could have declined to do so if he had wished. Having caught a number of other infections he must have been even more aware of potential risks but chose to do what he did regardless.

    Despite what might be said here, he does not know where he got HIV from and nor does anyone else, but I suspect he has made some money somewhere along the line for the story he has peddled

  16. Sundancer 9 Dec 2010, 5:56pm

    This actor also had a rentboy ad and did an interview with one of his porn production companies where he professes his love of bottoming. Condom or no these are all much higher risk behaviors than precautions taken during a professionally produced oral scene. This guy needs to take some responsibility for the regrettable situation he finds himself in. We all know the risks – protect yourself or be prepared to face the consequences.

  17. It’s been about 20-30 years now since AIDS killed so many gay men when it first surfaced. That span of time is also known as a generation. The young guys who are doing bareback porn nowadays were born *after* that dark period in history so I’m sure it must seem like ancient history to their young minds and so it couldn’t possibly affect *them*… History always repeats itself due to collective amnesia like that. And so the wheel turns…

  18. Richard S. 9 Dec 2010, 9:41pm

    Of all the things not to be a requirement in gay porn. Wow. Talk about really, really stupid.

  19. At the end of the day, this guy is trying to pass the buck…. He knows what he’s been doing and knows what’s been done……..He is only out to try and make more money out of a mess that he has only got himself to blame for………

  20. The fact that we are even having this discussion is a damning indictment of where we stand as a community today, because we either look the other way or tolerate the open sale of these snuff films in stores like Prowler. Where are Health & Safety when you need them? Wasn’t it the head of the “health charity” GMFA who refused to speak out against the criminal profiteering off this vile trade on the grounds that he opposes discrimination of any kind aimed at gay men (i.e. removing their right to buy porn that endangers health and lives?). A number of gay men go into porn because they are desperate to earn cash, and just like men who are gay for pay, most such gay men have a price when it comes to being enticed into performing bareback.

  21. Banning bareback is like banning smoking and drinking. It’ll happen, but underground. A porn industry with barebacking “criminals” will not solve the problem at all.

  22. James,
    Life, like porn, is in colour.

    You accuse me of being desensitised by porn, please tell me what porn I watch, when I watch it, what type it is. As far as I know I have given no indication that I have ever watched porn so how you come to be able to make such assessment of me is revealing.

    Revealing in the way which shows that you make wild assumptions, generalisations and conclusions about people and things you have no knowledge about.

  23. Barebacking presents a possibility of transmitting an infectious incurable disease. Thats wrong. how anyone can argue for it baffles me. Some of you should do bareback and get off this planet asap

  24. de Villiers 10 Dec 2010, 1:37pm

    > The fact that we are even having this discussion is a damning indictment of where we stand as a community today

    My views are my own, as an individual. I feel no compulsion to agree to a point of view or a line of argument on grounds of my sexuality or the “community” in which I live. In the same way that no member of an ethnic minority should be forced into accepting any form of religious doctrine with which they disagree, so should no gay person be pressured into accepting whatever is thought to be the required line as part of the gay canon.

    Insofar as adults enter the porn industry by choice and not by coercion, it may be inappropriate for the law to ban the filming and portrayal of a legal activity.

  25. Actually

    Criminal transmission of HIV

    United Kingdom
    For a full discussion of the issues raised in sexual transmission, see Consent (criminal law)
    Transmission generally, may fall under ss18, 20, 23, 24 or 47 Offences against the Person Act 1861. As of 21 April 2006, there have been seven convictions for the sexual transmission of HIV in England and Wales under s.20 of the 1861 Act which, inter alia, criminalizes the reckless inflicting of grievous bodily harm. Five were men accused of infecting female partners during sex (including Mohammed Dica, Kouassi Adaye, Feston Konzani, Paulo Matias: three African men, two of whom were asylum seekers and one a refugee, and a migrant from Portugal), one of a man who pleaded guilty to infecting a male partner, and one (in Wales) of a woman who pleaded guilty to infecting a male partner.

    In the case of Adaye, the defendant had never received a diagnosis of being HIV-positive, but he was charged on the basis that a GP had told him he was at high risk of having HIV.

    In only two of the cases was there a ‘not guilty’ plea, and both have gone to appeal. In R. v Dica, the Court of Appeal held that a person was reckless if, knowing that they were HIV-positive, he or she transmitted HIV to a person who had not been told of the infection. It was not necessary to prove that the transmission had involved an assault for the “inflicting” of the disease. They acknowledged that there could be a higher standard of disclosure expected of someone in a relationship, compared with the “known risks” involved in casual sex. A critical discussion of the Dica case by Matthew Weait can be found here.

    In R. v Konzani, the same court held that a person accused of recklessly transmitting HIV could only raise the defense of consent, including an honest belief in consent, in cases where that consent was a “willing” or “conscious” consent. In other words, the court distinguished between “willingly running the risk of transmission” and “willingly consenting to the risk of transmission.” This suggests that consent will only operate as a defense—in all but the most exceptional of cases—where there has already been prior disclosure of known HIV-positive status. A critical discussion of the Konzani case can be found here.

    As of June 2006, two women have been convicted for passing on an HIV infection in the UK. The first, from Cardiff, was jailed for 2 years;[2] the second, Sarah Jane Porter, was convicted of grievous bodily harm through the reckless transmission of HIV, and was sentenced to 32 months in prison in June 2006.[3]

    An important issue that arises where proof of transmission is required, is establishing the source of the complainant’s HIV infection. Although it cannot prove the route and timing of transmission, phylogenetic analysis has been used in many trials to demonstrate how closely related HIV strains in samples taken from the defendant and complainant are. For an account of the issues and problems surrounding phylogenetic analysis in criminal investigation see the National AIDS Manual and National AIDS Trust briefing paper.

    A number of presentations from the Economic and Social Research Council funded seminar series HIV/AIDS and Law: Theory, Practice and Policy (Keele University) deal with the question of criminalization. They may be found here.

  26. James,
    “Some of you should do bareback and get off this planet asap”,

    This from the person accusing me of an inability to bond with a fellow human.

    People engaging in Porn are fully aware of the risks and how safe their environment is and so make informed decisions. It is not about consent it is about risk assessment.

    We have a different view on this, I want a world were people are free to make informed decisions, you seem to want a world where the state makes your decisions for you.

  27. Spreading disease is a public health issue so you dont really get a choice. The fact that everyone pays for NHS HIV medication make us look like reckless idiots

  28. To James:
    “The fact that everyone pays for NHS HIV medication make us look like reckless idiots”

    Not *everyone* pays for NHS. The same way not every single person who reads this site lives in the U.K.

  29. Sister Mary Clarance 12 Dec 2010, 9:42am

    “Barebacking presents a possibility of transmitting an infectious incurable disease.”

    All sexual encounters do James. The term used these days is ‘safer’ sex and not ‘safe’ sex.

    Lets stop maybe providing NHS treatment to anyone who has sex maybe then eh?

    What about people who are already HIV positive, as is generally the case in UK made bareback porn? If medicated there is no chance of cross infection (before you throw that red herring in) so their cost to the NHS isn’t going to change.

    You have a very narrow view of the world it would seem.

    Alternatively perhaps would could start a bit of proper education about the dangers of HIV and how it is transmitted, so that people can make better informed decisions about the disease. I think there are far too many people walking around today with only a cursory knowledge on the subject.

  30. Jock S. Trap 13 Dec 2010, 7:56am

    It’s interesting that 54% of new infections have been heterosexual. Now can we expect James and the other religious types, to go to heterosexual sites and blast at them?

    No thought not!

  31. Bill its a uk site so I’ll make that assumption

    Jock you’re a troll I’m gay that why I’m posting here you’re straight bnp or edl you have not added anything

    Clarence I think I’m entitiled to an opinion so dont try to supress mine you can challenge me but you dont seem to do that you prefer sarcasm over discussion.

    Why dont we try to have an intellegent debate

  32. Paul Halsall 16 Dec 2010, 5:46pm

    Before talking about “banning” things (such a British approach), perhaps it is worth asking why bareback porn is so much more exciting.

  33. “Some of you should do bareback and get off this planet asap”

    James, surprised to see you criticising anyone else’s levels of debate with comments like the above coming from you.

  34. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 16 Jan 2011, 3:37pm

    Bare-backing is safe with the right person – not to mention fun, arousing, enjoyable and cool!!!!

  35. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 16 Jan 2011, 3:40pm

    If we ban non-condom use, then what’s next, the re-criminalisation of homosexuality perhaps?????

    All the conservative republican tea-bagging tarts will just love that won’t they – please do not give conservatives any sort of ideas!!!!!

  36. It’s his own stupid fault for going into an industry where you come into contact with a lot of other people many of whom you do not know.

    As you would do with any sexual partner, in a relationship or one night stand, he should have been safe.

    That being said, I do agree that bareback porn should be banned, it does not promote safe sex at all. How can people wonder why STD’s are rife when the porn industry does nothing to promote safe sex?

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