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Derrick Burts, Known On Screen As Cameron Reid and Derek Chambers, Is HIV-Positive Porn Star

Porngraphic video tapes are on display at the 5th Annual Adult Entertainment Trade Show July 14, 2001 in Los Angeles (David McNew/Getty Images) David McNew

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) The Los Angeles adult film star who tested positive for HIV in October, which subsequently sent California's multi-billion dollar adult industry into panic, identified himself to the Los Angeles Times Wednesday.

Derrick Burts, 24, who tested positive at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, known as AIM, in Sherman Oaks, says he now wishes he had known more about the risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in the industry and is calling for mandatory condom use in porn films.

Burts, also known as "Cameron Reid" in straight films and "Derek Chambers" in gay films, described to the Times the panic call he got from the clinic staff on Oct. 9.

Clinic staff told Burts, who was previously identified as Patient Zeta, they wanted to perform a follow-up test and begin quarantining the performers he had worked with since his last negative test result Sept. 3. All of his co-stars tested negative.

On Oct. 23, the clinic reportedly told Burts that his second test results traced his HIV infection to someone he had performed a scene with, someone they described as a "known positive." The clinic would not identify the performer because of patient confidentiality.

Burts said he believed he may have contracted the disease during a gay porn shoot in Florida. According to the Times, the gay porn industry does not require performers to provide negative HIV test results.

"It's very dangerous," he said. "It should be required that you wear a condom on the set."

In November, AIM released a statement that said "Patient Zeta acquired the virus through private, personal activity." Burts dismissed the claim and told the newspaper it was "completely false" and that the only person he slept with in his personal life was his girlfriend, who tested negative for the disease.

Burts, who grew up in Whittier and Hemet, Calif., also took aim at the clinic for how they reportedly did not arrange his follow-up care and told him not to contact the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Times said.

In frustration, Burts said he went to an AIDS Healthcare Foundation center in Los Angeles on Nov. 24 and was pleased with the care they provided.

He contacted the head of the organization last week, identifying himself as Patient Zeta, and said he wanted to speak out in favor of enforcing mandatory condom use on adult film sets.

"Making $10,000 or $15,000 for porn isn't worth your life," he told the Times. "Performers need to be educated."


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