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Former pornography performers urge condom use in industry
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- HIV infections in the local pornography industry have led to a new call for action. It comes from a group of performers who have tested positive for HIV.
Cameron Bay says she spent only a few months shooting porn before getting horrible news.
"Having your agent call you and asking you that a news person wants to confirm your status is not the easiest way to find out you're HIV-positive," said Bay.
Bay and other HIV-infected former porn actors spoke out Tuesday in Hollywood.
These new cases spurred two industry-wide moratoriums on filming in about a one-month period. The latest is scheduled to be lifted this week.
HIV-AIDS advocates say none of this would have been happened, if regulations requiring condoms had been enforced.
"We've got to stop taking medical advice from pornographers. We have a public health system in this country that is supposed to protect us against disease," said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Eyewitness News reached out to several adult-film companies. Kink.com, who employed several of the actors, responded, saying, Bay did not contract HIV on set. The company released a statement that said in part:
"All of our models are informed that they can request a condom at any time, that they can stop a shoot at any time, and that they can control the scene. ... we take consent and safety seriously."
But the actors whose lives changed forever after contracting HIV say they want to save others from the same fate.
"The past moratoriums that have been taking place, to me they're a joke. The fact that there's already been two, it's clear evidence that the industry needs to stay shut down for quite some time," said Derrick Burts.
"You just don't really mean much, except for you're a liability to them and their moneymaking," said Bay.
The Free Speech Coalition, which represents the adult film industry, released a statement Wednesday, saying all performers that worked with Cameron Bay tested negative for HIV.
That statement goes on to say:
"We in the FSC and the adult film community work with a dedicated group of physicians on an ongoing basis to review and improve our testing protocols.
"While producers and directors can control the film set environment, we can't control what performers do in private."
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