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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Derrick Burts, HIV-positve porn actor, calls for condom use in industry

By Melissa Bell
Derrick Burts
One of the last remaining sex shops in the Times Square area. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In October, a wave of fear washed over the pornography film industry after an actor tested positive for HIV during a regular check-up for the industry's database. The patient, priorly known only as "Patient Zeta," came forward Tuesday and called for mandatory condom use in the porn productions.

Derrick Burts spoke to the LA Times, saying he likely contracted the disease while filming a gay porn production, though the industry's clinic put out a statement saying he contracted the disease in his personal time.

Burts said the industry should adopt mandatory condom use in porn productions.

Here's Burts speaking about the incident:


By Melissa Bell  | December 8, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
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There comes a point when one must stop blaming others for their mistakes. While I feel sympathy for his plight, I don't feel sorry for him. The guy knew better. He admitted that during his porn career, he contracted herpes, gonorrhea & chlamydia previous to the most recent test. Why be shocked to discover HIV was contracted in the end? He did gay porn, got infected with HIV & now trying to blame the industry. That's just ridiculous! Be smarter about decisions you make.

Posted by: NahLaterz1 | December 8, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Putting on a condom does sort of take the thrill factor out of a porn vid. Maybe it's time to abolish the entire industry. Free speech, my foot!

Posted by: forgetthis | December 8, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

A porn actor, who contracted HIV in his personal time, is telling the porn industry to use condoms? Kind of late isn't he?

Amazing that some people become 'perfect' and full of 'wisdom' after a test result such as this one.
What's sad is that this guy probably won't end his own promiscuity, and will infect numerous others.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 8, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, now he speaks...Did he just find out about the possible consequence of his acts.

Posted by: GBED989 | December 8, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I heard this news. So bad We need HIV/AIDS education. It's very important!! CDC has granted CSU $1.9M for HIV/AIDS education. The number of members on the largest HIV dating&support site == has reached 500,000 members. OMG! why so many people are infected by HIV/Aids? There is no doubt that we need SEX-ED

Posted by: pozguy | December 9, 2010 3:31 AM | Report abuse

NahLaterz1 said " Why be shocked to discover HIV was contracted in the end? "
How do you know that is how he got it? Couldn't he have gotten it orally?

Posted by: David90 | December 9, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

What is sad, is the misinformation that this person is spreading. All mainstream gay porn entertainment companies have required condom use in their videos since the 1990s. It is mainstream straight porn that does not require condom use. The Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, which does mandatory testing for the porn industry and tracks HIV transmission, says that his contact with the virus happened in a nonprofessional capacity. They also discovered all the people he had done scenes with have remained negative as well. So sad that he is not willing to take the responsibility of his actions upon himself. As with many people, it is always someone else's fault.

Posted by: UpperNE | December 9, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I feel for him on a number of levels. First he apparently didn't learn much from HS health classes or they neglected to teach about diseases contracted from sexual encounters. Next unaware of his education, I presume he hasn't gone to college. Why would he pursue a career in the porn industry? Was it the money...and the next question to be asked is is it worth it now that he's been through chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes and now HIV? Perhaps the next course he should pursue is to help other kids his age and younger refrain from making the decision to work in the porn industry...b/c it is life altering. I know parents have less influence as one reaches late teens, but one would think those who are really his best friends would tell him to truth along with his parents enforcing what they could. His efforts to place blame on the industry is only partially correct. I would think if one came down with chlamydia and gonorrhea, both of which lie dormant after an outbreak (there is no cure) with the correct diet and rest, and then herpes which is ever-reappearing...all these after a month would make me run in the opposite direction quickly. Why didn't he? Note I'm not talking morality...I'm talking what most people consider common sense.

Posted by: ewjazzed | December 9, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

View the Award winning documentary "House of Numbers" to see why questions about this
must be raised, and why deeper issues about HIV and AIDS need to be
discussed. Lives are at risk. This is the first documentary ,with the worlds
foremost authorities, that highlights the fundamental problems with HIV
testing, science, and statistics, It sheds new light on a misunderstood
phenomenon., for which there is still no cure. GO to to see the trailer.

Posted by: dsinla | December 10, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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