Adult film star Cameron Bay came clean about how she contracted HIV at a Hollywood press conference yesterday.
She said that during her last shoot before testing positive for the virus, her co-star's penis was bleeding and he was told not to wear a condom, the Huffington Post reports.
The action stopped for a few moments when the blood was spotted, but the cameras went back on shortly after.
Bay, whose positive test sparked the first of two porn moratoriums in the past few weeks, spoke to reporters with several other porn stars, two of whom also contracted HIV this year.
The press conference was coordinated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has pushed for a law to mandate the use of condoms in adult films.
While the rest of the performers said they weren't sure where and when they contracted HIV, they agreed that the industry is not paying enough attention to the dangers of HIV.
Bay said her last shoot was filmed at a bar in San Francisco for Kink.com.
"There were up to 50 people in the room with us. And we were laying on top of them. And they were touching inappropriately," Bay said. "It all happened so fast. I didn't realize how unsafe it was until I saw the pictures ... You're on a whole other level when you're doing something so extreme."
Last week, Bay told the Huffington Post that condoms were available, but not required. She said she didn't think her male partner needed one because he had recently tested negative for STDs and she left the choice up to him.
Another porn star at the conference, Patrick Stone, said he was asked to perform in a shoot even after testing positive for HIV. He said that two days after receiving an email from Performer Availability Screening Services (PASS) informing him that he had tested positive, he got an email from Kink.com about scheduling a shoot that week.
Stone added, however, that he had taken two more tests that said he actually didn't have the disease. He is currently awaiting results from a fourth test.
"It's been kind of a whirlwind week for me emotionally," Stone said. "I feel that the testing process for PASS is not working. If I was allowed to fall through the cracks like I did, who else is out there?"
PASS conducts AIDS and STD tests for many California porn stars.
Kink.com said it had no knowledge of Stone's positive test when the email was sent.
"He had tested negative for us previously. Because of the moratorium, tests were not updated on the PASS system for producers (because no one was cleared for work)," Mike Stabile, spokesman for Kink.com, said in an email to HuffPost. "He would have been required [to take] a new test regardless before shooting."
Rod Daily, who said he learned he was HIV-positive this month, said he has performed in gay porn since 2005 and always used condoms. He has been in a romantic relationship with Cameron Bay for two years.
"That's 12 years that I've shot with HIV-positive people, used condoms and never been HIV-positive," Daily said. "If anything, I know that condoms do work. I was a guinea pig for that. "I just don't know how an industry stands here and says they care so much about their performers and, a week after someone tests positive, they're out there shooting without condoms," Daily said. "Ultimately, it's a business, and their main concern is money and not their performers."
Daily praised the AIDS Healthcare Foundation "for everything they've done," including helping him and Bay get medication.
Former performer Derrick Burts said that, like Bay, he had only worked in the industry for a few months before contracting HIV in 2010. He said that in four months, he had contracted HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes.
"To me this is one huge flashback," Burts said. "What's the acceptable number of cases of HIV or herpes or HPV or syphilis or any other dangerous STD before people step up and do something about this?"
Also present was Darren James, the first porn star to admit contracting the disease since Tony Montana in 1999. James, who said he became infected in 2004, said he “almost lost it” listening to Bay's story.
"I didn't want to see a whole army of people sitting at this table," said James, who now works for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "This industry has failed and continues to fail. We all need to wake up."
Via: Huffington Post, Top Photo Courtesy: Twitter