Aurora Snow on Sydney Leathers's Possible HIV Exposure: "I Don't Have Much to Add"
Porn actor Cameron Bay came forward Wednesday admitting that her recent unconfirm HIV diagnosis is the reason why the porn industry is on ice until further notice. Some good old shoe leather over at Gawker revealed that the last porn actor to have unprotected sex with Bay was Xander Corvus, the man who starred alongside Sydney Leathers in her porn debut.
The news of Sydney Leathers's possible exposure to HIV ricocheted across the Internet yesterday faster than you can say Vag Viking. The Voice reached out to former porn actress, Daily Beast contributor, and outspoken safe sex advocate Aurora Snow for her take on the evolving controversy.
"I don't have much to add," she wrote in an e-mail, with links to not one but two essays on the very issues of STIs in porn and Sydney Leathers's possible foray into the adult film industry (her advice: Don't do it).
Amounting to a big, fat "I told you so," not just to Leathers but to the porn industry in general, Snow's writing saw this one coming from a mile away
Essentially, we wouldn't be sitting here waiting out the news cycle to tell us whether Sydney Leathers is HIV-positive or not if the porn industry had taken its head out of its ass for just a minute.
2012 saw the passage of Measure B, a law requiring porn actors in Los Angeles to wear condoms during scenes. A judge ruled last Friday that mandatory condom use was constitutional under the First Amendment. (That will be the first and last time "condom" and "constitution" will appear together in any sentence you see from this writer). But the industry's intransigence has led to weak enforcement, bringing us to the situation before us, and possibly many others like them.
There is an industry-wide filming moratorium in effect until the exact path of the infection is identified, though (needed!) moralizing over condom use will continue long after. And whatever your gripe with Sydney Leathers, it's unequivocally crappy to be waiting for HIV results in news headlines. So let's gather the last of our human decency and hope that test comes back negative.
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