Derrick Burts didn't just sing a tune in gay and straight porn films, the 24-year-old actor says he wishes he'd heard more about the risks of doing porn before he contracted HIV.
Burts tested positive in October and his public disclosure adds fuel to the controversy over porn stars and HIV. Turns out, there are more than body parts twisting in Burts' account of how he contracted the virus. Burts says he got it during a gay porn shoot in Florida. They used condoms during intercourse, he says, but not for oral.
Interestingly enough, the risk of HIV transmission from oral
is low. Plus, officials at the clinic where Burts was tested say he contracted HIV through "private, personal activity." Burts holds that the allegation is unfounded since he only has sex with his girlfriend in his personal life. He also attests that his girlfriend is still negative.
Still Burts, porn star turn... health advocate, now supports mandatory condom use
in gay porn. You may be thinking what I am: Aren't condoms in porn already mandatory? Turns out, condom use is only required in straight porn. The gays are left to get busy in a pool of chance.
Months before his diagnoses, Burts also contracted chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes.
"Looking back," the LA Times reports
, "[Burts] said he wishes he had known more about the risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in the industry."