HIV-positive porn star Derrick Burts calls for mandatory condom use

Sun. December 12, 2010 6:51 AM by News Staff

Los Angeles, CA - Bisexual porn star Derrick Burts is calling for mandatory condom use in the straight adult film industry after acquiring HIV.
Burts performed in gay films as Derek Chambers and as Cameron Reid in straight films.

In October, Burts tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. His diagnosis shut down the straight adult film industry for more than a month. He was identified only as "Patient Zeta" in media reports.

The 24-year-old former cruise ship magician is now calling on the straight porn industry to follow the lead of gay porn studios and mandate condom use.

Straight performers must submit to monthly testing but do not wear condoms, while gay performers are typically required to wear rubbers but testing is not mandated.

Appearing at a press conference, Burts said the testing gives performers a false sense of security.

"They [producers] tell you that the testing is there in place to protect you. They tell you, you'll get tested every month. They have a clinic in place for performers called AIM to protect you from getting STDs and HIV. So I felt that with this in place I was more protected than outside in the real world where I wasn't being tested. After being in the industry for one month, I came up with three STDs … chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes," he told reporters.

Burts went on to say that when he tested positive for HIV he felt neglected.

"I started to realize … that AIM wasn't there to protect me, or help me, they were there to protect themselves."

Clinic officials claim he must have acquired the virus in his personal life because none of his co-stars tested positive after one month, a fact Burts has denied, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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