Kink.com’s heterosexual CEO Peter Acworth has told the San Francisco Chronicle that it was Rod Daily, a gay porn performer who always wore condoms, who infected his girlfriend Cameron Bay, a straight porn performer who never wore condoms, with HIV. I guess it’s time for a moratorium on all gay porn productions then, right?
Acworth, who was arrested last year for cocaine possession, also tells the Chronicle that he has “confidence” there was no HIV transmission on set. Well, of course there wasn’t. No one in straight porn can have HIV! (Until now, of course, but it was the gay guy’s fault).
Gosh, with everything Peter Acworth is so certain of about HIV transmission, it’s truly a shame that he’s wasting his talents as the CEO of an S&M porn studio and not working as an infectious disease doctor.
Daily performed mostly in gay scenes, Acworth said. The industry standard is for actors in gay scenes to wear condoms to protect against transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms are optional for actors in straight scenes, but testing is mandatory.
“We can say with some degree of confidence that there was no transmission on set” involving Daily, Acworth said. “Rod Daily wore condoms in all his scenes. The strong indication is that Rod contracted it and transmitted it to Cameron Bay.”
Strong indication? While Bay tested HIV-positive over two weeks ago, Daily’s initial test around the same time came back negative. It wasn’t until his more recent follow-up test, Daily claims, that HIV antibodies were present. The strong indication to me, based on the timeline and the evidence, is that Daily—whose gay porn performances have always been with condoms—became infected after Bay, but then again I’m not the straight CEO of a major porn studio blindly and illogically speculating to a major newspaper about how the gay performer obviously infected the straight performer with HIV, so what do I know?
And you thought anonymous people on Twitter hurling anti-gay hate speech was bad.
UPDATE: Kink’s Peter Acworth has posted a comment below in response to the Chronicle interview:
I had quite a long conversation with this Chronicle reporter only hours after Rod had come out positive on twitter.
I was ill prepared and the quotes the reporter chose were selective. If indeed I was accurately quoted, I should have thought more carefully about what to say. I am sorry to Rod and Cameron if they are offended. It must have taken a great deal of courage for both of them to come out as they did in a selfless act to protect others.
In defense of my other comments, it is true to say that Rod performed only in condom scenes at kink.com, and it is also true that everyone who performed with Cameron have since tested negative via the most sensitive RNA tests. I believe it is a fair assessment to say with a strong degree of confidence that no transmission took place on set.
As to how the transmissions actually took place, you are absolutely correct that is none of my business and it is disrespectful to speculate, and I am sorry I did.