A guest post from Brenton of AUSSIELICIOUS:
Yet again, it’s World AIDS Day. Hopefully one day this day will be a day to remember those that we’ve lost to AIDS rather than a day to also try and raise awareness and talk about safety. There is still such a long way to go with this fight. Nearly all the porn studios have caved to the demand for bareback sex and the rate of infection in young men is growing because they just don’t see HIV as a problem. The only reason people treat HIV differently to something that requires constant lifelong treatment like diabetes is because it’s a sexually transmitted disease and we all know that men lose the ability to form rational thoughts when their dick is hard.
There is still a lot of stigma against HIV+ men if they are brave enough to disclose their status to a sexual partner but those conversations and education are the only way we are going to move forward to keeping people safe and reducing the stigma. Please play safe boys. Don’t make assumptions about safety or someone’s status. You are the only person who can truly look after yourself so treat everyone you sleep with as if they may be positive and use condoms.
Lucas Entertainment announced yesterday that adult entertainer Trenton Ducati has signed a 3 month exclusive contract to do bareback scenes with them. I have long been a fan of Mr. Ducati’s as well as his anti-drug message, but this changes things, drastically. Yes, Trenton is an adult and is free to make his own career choices. However, as a role model for healthy living this is a huge misstep and big mistake. There exists a possibility that all those people who quit drugs because they followed the advice of Mr. Ducati will now again follow his advice and go condomless. Plus the possibility that folks who didn’t need his advice on drugs but watch his films will go condomless. Disaster. The responsibility for this is on Mr. Ducati’s head. He was enabled by Lucas Entertainment and Adam Killian. For shame!
What a sellout! This just goes to show how much Trenton and Adam really don’t give a shit about the health and well being of their fans. Nice! WTF! Well, now you have one fan less to worry about.
I can’t say for sure that the DALLAS BUYERS CLUB is based based on a true story, but it does give one a feel for what it was like back then in the mid-80′s when AIDS was a newly discovered disease with few known treatments and even fewer treatments available. At that time, FDA was being really hard-assed about enforcing thier regulations and most doctors were totally unsmpathetic to patients. Pharmaceutical companies were being greedy as all get-out. I haven’t seen DBC yet, but I will and I will review it for my readers.
But if you would like to see a wonderful documentary about those times, see HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, that was made by David France, who was there. It shows the rise of Act-Up to fill the need of patients who were literally dying for new drugs and put pressure on the FDA, doctors and drug companies*. This ground-breaking film is available on Netflix.
*I recall when I was working for big pharma and we brought Videx to the FDA for approval [the 2nd drug to be approved after AZT], I was in contact through clinic visits with several members of Act-Up who kept asking if a demonstration was needed. But, we [the company] were so well prepared thanks to our tireless and dedicated staff, the only question remaining was to determine the dosage on which the data were not clear. Besides, by that time FDA had bent over backwards, allowing us to use Expanded Access data in our application; something unheard of just a year or so ago.
From Dean’s blog:
After 13 exciting and wonderful years in an industry that has given me confidence, creative expression, financial stability, the opportunity to travel and many life long friendships the gay porn world today has become a total disappointment.
Last year I said yes to a request by Treasure Island Media, the largest and most well know bareback studio, to shoot 2 scenes for them. One in London and the other in California. As through out my career I’ve been a strong advocate of safe sex I agreed to it under the terms that the duo scene would be oral only and I would do a second jack off solo scene. All was agreed and the scenes were in the can.
At this point I need to add that most mainstream gay porn companies are now shooting bareback content. In the early 80′s after the Aids epidemic and discovery of the virus and how it was transmitted the gay porn world reacted by shooting condom only safe sex. It seems that today in 2013 the studios have decided to start relaxing the noose on condom use by shooting more bareback content due to it’s financial gain and due to the growing attitudes that its ok if you get infected you can still have a normal life the medication can control everything.
The backlash that followed the release of my 2 scenes for Treasure Island took me by surprise. On all the various blogs and websites the negative and hateful comments just kept pouring in. I had to break my silence and explain myself via thesword.com that seem to be the epicenter of the whole discussion.
Well just like everything in porn the brawl lasted a mere few weeks and then was forgotten…..almost.
At the beginning of this year I received the Best Porn Star award at the Cybersockets voted on by the fans. With this in mind I returned to the U.S. with a fresh and eager attitude only to discover that not one of the many many studios I’ve collaborated with wanted to shoot me. This was a surprise and confusing to me but ultimately i knew the reason why. Which brings me to the situation in the industry today. In one word Chaos. Chaos in terms of the attitudes, the way people are cast, the standards that are followed and the greed and selfishness amongst the studio owners. In my situation no one wants to cast me because they believe i only do bareback now which means I’m likely HIV+ and that would be putting their filming at risk. Studios like MEN. com would prefer to use straight gay for pay actors who probably have never been tested rather than passionate gay performers who get tested regularly.
Unless there is a gold standard followed by the whole industry where every single performer is tested regularly before a shoot how can a studio know and decide on a models situation and whether he is suitable and safe. There is an ignorance and hypocrisy amongst studio directors today that is bringing the whole industry down and I only hope things will change very soon.
As for my situation I always knew the time would come when I would slowly have to say farewell and in no means is that sad. Im happy to have made it through these 13 years happy, healthy, sane and still safe. And much wiser.
When I began writing this blog in 2006 with the utmost enthusiasm it was my goal to let the fans and readers into my life and my adventures in porn. I hope you have discovered something of interest and had a few “happy” moments along the way.
Dean will be missed. I have met him, and he is a very sweet and nice guy, and obviously VERY talented!
Conner Habib weighs in on this issue.