The same week we learn bareback porn studio Treasure Island Media was fined for maintaining unsafe (read: condomless) work environments, HIV-positive adult performer Derrick Burts — he’s the straight and gay porn star whose positive HIV test in October threw Smut Inc. into a tailspin this fall — has come out in support of mandatory rubbers for all porn productions. And it took the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer just hours to connect the scandal surrounding Burts — who is straight, and whose girlfriend also works in porn — to once again argue why sodomy should be criminalized, a view the Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg shares.
Burts, who performed under the names Cameron Reid and Derek Chambers, calls the HIV testing clinics assertion that he contracted HIV via “private, personal activity” to be bullshit; he says the transmission likely occurred during a gay porn shoot, but there’s no way to be certain. “There is no possible way. The only person I had sex with in my personal life was my girlfriend.” He also managed to pick up chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes before testing positive for HIV.