Scott appeared in one Falcon/Jocks production and on several amateur studio sites (College Dudes 24/7, Cocky Boys), but it was his Grabby-nominated scene with Diesel Washington in Titan’s Playbook that put him on the gay porn map in early 2009. Since then, we’ve spoken off and on about his work, his subsequent retirement, and what he’s been up to in his post-porn life. Last week, Scott decided it was time to reveal why he really retired, and he asked that The Sword publish his story.
Kameron Scott’s uncut and unedited interview is below.
The Sword: When did you find out you were positive, and what was your reaction?
Kameron Scott: I found out December 15th, 2008. I was living in Nashville at the time and was actually getting ready to come back to Florida for an appearance at the club Boardwalk, for Pride Studios. My partner at the time took the news harder than I did initially. He went right to the bathroom and got sick. I cried mostly, but not at first. It was a very surreal moment for me. It’s still a moment I’ll never forget. Not that it was a bad moment, but a moment that changed my life forever.
Were you still actively working in the industry at the time? If so, did you tell anyone, and were you still offered work?
Yeah I was working. I had just signed a contract with a new studio. The first person I called was my agent, Baileey. He was really quiet when I told him; he’s usually such a ham on the phone. That made me realize the severity of things. I told him I wasn’t going to be able to make the appearance or the shoot I had scheduled, and he said it was OK, and to call him whenever I needed. I tried to book more work a few months, once I got my bearings straight, but it never really worked out.
So testing positive was why you retired last year.
Yes, it was. I thought my career was over. I had just signed a contract and was making a big push in filming. I was turning work down because I was doing so much. Then it was all gone before the ink dried. I tried a few months later to book some things but I couldn’t pull myself to do it. I was actually a little naive to the fact that there are HIV-positive people in porn. It was like my status wasn’t as big of a deal as I was making it. But nothing ever really came to light. Dean at Cocky Boys did offer me a scene, which could have helped me book more once it was released, but I turned it down. I tested the waters again when I moved back to Florida back in May, but I’m tired of it finally. I sit behind a desk eight hours a day now, and it’s the happiest I’ve been in two years.
Why share your story now?
I’m saying this now because of recent events. What happened to Mason Wyler should never happen to anyone. I do think what Mark Wilson did was completely wrong, no matter what his moral conscience tells him. [Someone else] has been messaging me on my Facebook and telling me not to protect Mason and not to defend him, but Mason will always have my support. So, I’m actually coming out with it before they embarrass me and post it themselves just for shits and giggles.
Do you even know Mason Wyler?
I spent a week with Mason and his partner Marcus a month ago. Those two are good people. Mason didn’t tell me he was positive at the time, which kind of upset me when I found out through the media, but I’ve been in the same situation before and told him to call whenever he needed. We’ve remained in contact and I’ve just given him my ear, and some advice when needed.
What do you think of HIV-positive performers working in gay porn today?
I’m all for it. Why shouldn’t they be able to work? No one viewing that DVD or scene online has any clue what the status of the performers are. The only people who should know are the agents, certain studio staff, and the models performing together. If a negative model refuses to have safe sex with a positive model, that’s his prerogative and should be respected. It’s just like sex in the real world. Negative and positive people come into contact everyday, and as long as it’s done in a safe manner, why should porn be any different?
What kind of policies do you think the studios should adopt in regard to HIV testing and positive models?
Obviously full disclosure. When I was offered the scene with Cocky Boys, I was told it was a “non-testing” scene. So I clearly knew my scene partner was positive as well. But in the case of putting opposite status models together, they both need to be made aware of the situation and agree upon it. It sucks for the positive models, but you have to look at the bigger picture. There are laws in place to protect the health and safety of everyone in any working environment, and those laws have to be upheld and respected.
What was the reaction from your family and friends when they learned of your status?
My father can’t stand me. My mother calls me once a week to just talk, but knows that nothing will help our family relationship ever again. She’s a good wife and does what my father says. My friends have been the most supportive. I have no idea where I’d be without them, especially my good friend Bob here in Florida. He gave me a place to live when I had to leave Virginia in May, after my parents kicked me out.
How has your dating life been? Are you sexually active?
My dating life has been fine. All of my relationships in the last two years have been with negative people. My status has never been an issue when dating someone. Trying to find a trick online, now that is different. I’m upfront with it even though it’s not on my profile. I don’t think I need to broadcast it, and that it’s something that is my right and responsibility to share when the time is right. That might change now though. I honestly feel more free and honest now that I’m making this all public. I have nothing to hide anymore.
What about medications, health care costs, etc.–how are you handling all that?
I’m not on any meds right now. The Comprehensive Care Clinic in Nashville did some studies on my DNA because my [viral load] is so low on its own. Apparently whoever gave me HIV was already on antiviral medication. Now you see why I’m all about disclosure. I got lied to and then got burned.
So it sounds like you’re feeling fine physically. What about emotionally or mentally?
I’m in great shape physically. I did gain a lot of weight in the first few months of my diagnosis because I wouldn’t get out of bed and I would eat to comfort myself, but I’m it top shape now. Emotionally, I’m happy. My life is good.
What message do you have for people who don’t practice safe sex?
Whether you’re positive or negative, you should always be having safe sex with your partner. Even though the CDC and AMA are downplaying the possibility of a “super virus,” people with HIV know they’re more prone to other infections, so why risk it?
What are some misconceptions about people living with HIV?
Everyone I talk to asks me the same things you did. Are you on meds? How do you feel? When people find out, they have this sympathetic look on their face or they tell me they’re sorry. But it’s not a death sentence like it was thirty years ago. I’m fine, and I take care of myself and see my doctor when I’m supposed to.
Would you ever get back into porn?
Honestly, I’m done with porn, because porn is done with me. I’m not going to be actively searching for work anymore or asking agents to book me…but if they get me something, then great. I’d do it.
And what are you up to now?
I’m the personal assistant for the owner of an IT company, and I also generate sales leads for his sales reps. I live in a nice little loft in downtown Fort Lauderdale and work from home. I also just started as the first sports writer in a decade for the Florida Agenda, and my first column comes out this week. I also help out with a non-profit group called the M Project. And I’ll be starting up an HIV-positive support group for gay, bisexual and questioning men, ages 18 to 30.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned throughout your experience over the past year? What should other people learn from you?
I took things in life for granted. Let’s say I meet a guy, and he’s negative. What he may want to share with me sexually, I’ll never be able to do. That sometimes upsets me, but I understand that things happen for a reason. I was given this so maybe I can help other young people not make the same mistake I did. What I want people to learn and take away from this is that one feel good time isn’t worth losing everything over. I took my health and the good money I was making for granted and got careless off set. I really wish I could take it all back and that “Kameron Scott” now were the Kameron Scott of 2008.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Hopefully married to a great man. I want a nice house, two cars in the driveway, and a couple of kids.