The adult industry testing program is a Harm Reduction program. That means you simply accept that participants in the program are putting themselves and their partners at risk, and they are taking minimal to no precautions to avoid those risks.
Contrary to what you might read, you don’t get tested before you’re allowed to work. You get tested after you work, to see if you caught anything, and are then removed from the pool of workers. This was the basis for the ‘gentlemens agreement’ of performers when AIM was first established. After working for 30 days you come in and get tested. If you’re clean its back to work, if not, you get medicated, retest, and then back to work.
But one part of this particular Harm Reduction program is severely broken. When this program in the straight porn industry was established a major component of the program was the seperation between the gay and straight industry. That seperation no longer exists, as the recent press release from APAC has confirmed. The risk level of straight industry performers is ill served by the current system, where agents and producers knowingly hire males that are also performing in gay productions.
A perfect example of this is Derrik Burts. I use Derrik as an example not to bash him, but to show that this could have been anyone in his shoes. When Derrik was infected he gave a list on names of his industry sexual partners to AIM. That list included performers in the gay and straight industries. Two of Deriks gay industry contacts were contacted by AIM. They both told AIM that they don’t need to come in and test, they had both been HIV+ for more than two years. The agents who booked them, and the producers that hired them were fully aware of this. Then that same agent went and booked Derrik for straight industry shoots.
Again, as APAC has stated, there is no more seperation of the industries, and without this major component of the Harm Reduction program not being honored any longer renders the entire program much less effective. EVERYBODY in the porn industry is at the same risk level as the riskiest peron in the pool. Ladies, think about that next time you’re shooting a scene with a guy who did 3 gay industry gigs in the last week, and you’re being told that his two week old test says its ok.