A gay adult star has reportedly been let go after refusing to take part in scenes with HIV positive men, even when they are unable to pass on the virus.
Dante Thick, 25, angered his fans and sexual health advocates when tweeting that he does not want to work with anyone that is HIV positive, detectable or undetectable. He is now being accused of perpetuating the stigma.
“Ya everyone SHOULD be tested,” Thick tweeted on Friday August 2.
“I don’t want to work with anyone who’s undetectable or detectable. Would be very nice to make this mandatory and also mandatory tests. Idk just sounds smart to me”.
Gay adult entertainment news site Str8UpGayP*rn explained that Thick was responding to a fellow performer Nick Fitt’s tweet that mentioned the adult industry’s regulations, calling for the STI-testing system to be updated so that adult stars can “work equally alongside HIV-negative models”.
Though Thick’s sentiments are one that many agree on, others have commented on Thick’s understanding of the virus. Tests have proven that HIV positive people who are on treatment that effectively suppresses the virus become ‘undetectable’. This means that tests can no longer detect the
virus in their body, and in turn, they cannot pass on the virus.
An eight year study confirmed in May that HIV-positive gay and other men, who have sex with men who are on effective HIV treatment, cannot transmit the virus through condomless sex. Nearly 1,000 gay couples in Europe were tested 77,000 times the couples had condomless anal sex, there were zero
instances of infections between the HIV positive and the HIV negative partners. The findings were published in The Lancet.
Next Door Studios, the studio that Thick was exclusively contracted to perform for, has distanced themselves from his comments by stating that they’ve decided not to renew Thick’s contract with the studio after working with him for two years.
However, Thick hit back posting a video insisting that he hadn’t been fired and had already decided to no longer work for the company two weeks earlier.
Next Door Studios is being praised for their decision to stand up for HIV-positive performers because barely a decade ago gay adult studios made a regular habit of quietly removing positive performers from their active rosters.