Just last year, Mr. Marcus was out in these streets knowingly infecting those who work with him in the adult film industry with syphilis after testing positive for the disease and not immediately divulging that information. He wound up getting 30 days in jail for such foolery. You would think such a situation would give these people a heads-up about taking care of themselves (or possibly getting out of the p**n industry altogether…), but unfortunately, news broke that a young adult film actress has contracted HIV. But unlike Mr. Marcus, the performer, known as Cameron Bay, announced the information yesterday after testing positive during a first test on Monday, and another she took to be sure on Wednesday. Because of her test results, the adult film industry has been suspended (or put on moratorium as they call it) since Wednesday, and will remain suspended until they can find and test all the partners Bay has had starting two weeks prior to her last negative test. They must all test negative for HIV in order for the moratorium to be lifted. Here’s what she had to say in her statement yesterday via the Free Speech Coalition:
“As difficult as this news is for me today, I am hopeful that no other performers have been affected. I plan on doing everything possible to assist the medical professionals and my fellow performers. Following that, my long term plan is to take care of myself and my health.”
However, folks are upset with those in the industry and in the LA County Department of Health who are still out here trying to forgo wearing condoms during shoots or not enforcing it, and in turn, affecting the health and livelihood of those who choose to participate in these films. Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation is one of those people. As he told Huffington Post:
“How many adult film performers have to become infected with an array of preventable sexually transmitted diseases—including HIV, which is not curable—before the p**n industry actually complies with the law requiring condom use?”
In a weird twist of events, Bay has worked very recently with actor Corvus Xander, who just starred in a film with Sydney Leathers. Leathers is of course the young woman who was out here sexting New York politician Anthony Weiner, so it’s possible she could have been exposed…
Definitely a sad state of events, and a reminder, whether you’re having sex on film or in the privacy of your own home, to protect yourself.