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HIV Positive Porn Star Breaks Silence: "Making $10,000 or $15,000 for porn isn't worth your life"

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After months of silence, Derrick Burts, the 24-year-old adult film performer who tested positive for HIV at a Sherman Oaks clinic in October, spoke publicly for the first time yesterday, according to LA Now. His loud and clear message? Regular testing is not enough. Condoms should be mandatory in all porn productions.

Burts believes he got infected during a gay porn shoot in Florida and wants to shed light on the industry differences between straight and gay shoots. Straight porn performers must show negative HIV test results before filming, but the gay porn industry does not have the same restrictions and condom use is not mandatory.