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Porn star in recent HIV scare calls for stricter safety rules in films

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Derrick Burts, who performed in straight porn as "Cameron Reid" and gay porn as "Derrick Chambers," was the porn actor who kicked off the recent HIV scare that shut down several porn production studios until his partners could be tested. It was a scary moment for an industry that hadn't seen an actor contract HIV in years — porn stars are meant to be regularly tested and there are some safety restrictions meant to prevent such incidents.

But now Burts (who was originally only identified as "Patient Zeta") is saying those rules aren't enough, and that condoms should be made mandatory in all porn films. From the LA Times:

"AIM likes to state that testing is enough. That's completely false," [Burts] said, noting that in the months before he tested positive for HIV, he had also contracted chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes.

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

While the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation originally claimed he had contracted the virus in his personal life and not on set, Burts says this is impossible: the only person he was intimate with outside of work was his girlfriend (who also works in porn but is, presumably, HIV negative). He says that he thinks he became infected during a gay-porn shoot in Florida where he performed oral sex without a condom. While straight performers must be screened and cleared to perform, there is no such rule for gay porn films. But this incident might just be the thing to change that.