HIV+ Porn Stars, Rod Daily & Cameron Bay, Plead For Condoms To Be Required In Porn
Adult film stars Rod Daily and Cameron Bay, who are in a relationship and both recently tested positive for HIV, pleaded with the porn industry on Wednesday to require condom usage in scenes.
Daily's and Bay's HIV-positive diagnosis resulted in two filming moratoriums this summer. The most recent will be lifted on Friday.
The couple spoke openly during a press conference organized by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).
Cameron Bay and Rod Daily fought back tears at a Hollywood press conference as they spoke of their distress at learning they were infected. They joined a wave of adult actors to be diagnosed with the virus this summer, which prompted a halt on production on many US porn film sets.
Daily, 32, criticized industry bosses for failing to promote safe sex, saying: ‘Ultimately, it’s a business, and their main concern is money and not their performers.’
His partner, 29, said she felt naive to have trusted industry sex infection tests, which performers are required to have every 14 days.
But she said many actors felt they would struggle to find work if they asked for condoms.
‘I learned there’s always someone younger and sexier, willing to do something you’re not,’ she said.
‘I think we need more choices because of that. Condoms should be a choice.’
(*Editors note: HIV testing has only recently become required every 14 days; prior to the moratorium it was every 28 days.)
Daily and Bay were joined by fellow porn performer Patrick Stone and another unnamed performer participated over the phone.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation played a large role in the passage of Los Angeles County's Measure B, which will require condom usage on porn film sets in Los Angeles County.
AHF President Michael Weinstein praised the performers for speaking out, saying: "Four performers stepping forward in this very heated environment – it takes an enormous amount of courage."
What do you think of their decision to speak out, Instincters?
Do you agree that condoms should be required in porn? Will the industry hear their pleas?