The porn industry has shut down for the fourth time this year in light of another pornstar testing positive for HIV.
The HIV positive performer in question is allegedly male pornstar TJ Cummings. Apparently, TJ was being tested regularly up until October 25th. He did not get another test until December where he tested positive for HIV on December 3rd.
What’s frightening about TJ’s test results is that he was unaccounted for an entire month and it’s still unclear whether or not he’s spread the HIV within the industry. One thing that’s deeply concerning are the text messages that TJ Cummings sent to Pressley Carter on December 5th, which Mike South posted on his blog.
Take a look:
Here we have TJ Cummings aware of his HIV-positive status and still trying to book work that would likely cause the infection to spread within the industry. Now, based on these screenshots, it’s very easy to blame TJ Cummings. However, his side of the story makes things a little bit more complicated…
TJ Cummings spoke to Mike South about his HIV-positive status and said that, “that TTS called him on Wednesday December the 4th and notified him that there was a problem with his test. They sent him the results of everything BUT his HIV test. He said they told him that ‘this was not unusual and that he had nothing to worry about” and that they had gotten no results from his first test”.
According to TJ, he’s never escorted in his life and he hasn’t done a webcam show in 6 months. All of his sexual partners since October 1st, both on and off camera, have been notified.
Some people will be quick to use TJ’s HIV as yet another reason why the porn industry needs mandatory condoms, however I’m still not convinced because there’s no evidence that he contracted HIV while shooting. More testing isn’t the answer either because pornstars have to pay for their own tests and testing every three days or something just isn’t cost effective for them.
But then again, I don’t have any ideas on how to solve the problem. How can we protect our beloved pornstars from contracting HIV and other diseases?
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