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Following Industry Shutdown, Gay Porn Star Rod Daily Reveals He’s HIV Positive

rod-dailyAdult film actor Rod Daily has revealed that he’s tested positive for HIV two weeks after a moratorium was issued on all production in the porn industry. Daily, who performs in mostly gay scenes, is the second performer to test positive since the temporary shutdown — the first being his girlfriend, Cameron Bay.

Daily revealed his results via Twitter:

 

Both Bay and Daily work for Kink.com, whose chief executive Peter Acworth says industry standards for testing are rigorous. The industry’s trade association, the Free Speech Coalition — which issued the moratorium — requires testing every 28 days, though its considering shifting to every 14 days. Actors in gay scenes are required to wear condoms; actors in straight scenes are not, but testing is mandatory.

Despite the double standard for gay and straight performers, Acworth tells SF Gate that Daily most likely spread the virus to Bay. “We can say with some degree of confidence that there was no transmission on set” involving Daily, Acworth said. “Rod Daily wore condoms in all his scenes. The strong indication is that Rod contracted it and transmitted it to Cameron Bay.”

Acworth says that Bay’s last shoot was on July 31 and that her onscreen partners have since tested negative. According to a reader — who first alerted us to the news — Rod did at least two gay scenes for Kink in August and at least one with a trans female. He also did a heterosexual scene around the same time.

The moratorium has since been lifted, but Bay’s and Daily’s diagnoses come as the debate over condom use in the porn industry heats up once again. Last year, Los Angeles County passed a measure requiring all adult film actors to wear condoms, though some companies flout the law by shooting outside county lines. Industry leaders are fighting the measure in court, but last week the AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed a complaint with California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, calling for Kink.com to mandate condom use in all scenes.

Photo: Andrew Christian