Former porn star Darren James speaks out about the latest HIV case.



Opinion/Editorial

Darren James found out he was HIV positive in 2004. He sued AIM and several of their officials for medical negligence and invasion of privacy. He later settled out of court with them. He got the phone call that he has HIV and they are releasing his name to the public. He pleaded with them to not release his name because his parents didn’t know what he really did for a living. They didn’t care and released his name anyway.

He was so upset that he bought a bus ticket to Tijuana to get away. While in Mexico, he saw television coverage about the porn industry’s latest HIV outbreak. His name and picture was all over the news. That’s when he tried to kill himself. He woke up days later in a hospital near San Diego and it took him months to recover. He later found out that his mother learned of his HIV status and him being a porn star while watching television at her Church.

Darren said he’s now started talking to public health officials and young adults about his experiences and is studying to become an HIV counselor. Other than a bad knee and bad back, he says his health has remained good and his viral count is low.

Since being diagnosed with HIV back in 2004, Darren did his second interview last year after it was confirmed a female performer had tested positive for HIV. You can read that at latimes.com.

Darren has now done a new interview after it was confirmed today that another performer has tested positive for HIV. You can read the full interview at latimes.com:

“I knew it was going to happen. And how many years has it been? Again. They went right back to the same habits,” Darren James said in an interview with The Times.

“You think you’re safe, but you’re not. In between scenes, you don’t know what other actors are doing,” James told the board before turning to the crowd of about 40 at Costa Mesa City Hall. “I’m living your nightmare every day,” he said.

On Tuesday , James renewed his criticism of the industry for failing to protect actors and actresses.

“The actors … they’re not getting the protection that they need. There should have been mandatory condoms,” James said. “Good grief, it’s like my deal, all over again. I hate that.”

“That’s why I want to come out and do a little more, if I can. And if it’s just to help … just to get them to listen. Not to boast up porn, not at all, just to make people be aware that I got caught up, man. I thought I was invincible, and I got shot down so fast,” James said at the time.

“There is no way to make the industry risk-free. Making things safer does not make it safe,” a porn actor whose stage name is Jeremy Steele said at a June hearing in downtown Los Angeles. “If you’re worried or paranoid, you should not be in this industry.”

“As someone who is still working on the camera myself, I don’t feel any safer with condoms,” actress Nina Hartley said at the same hearing.

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3 Responses to Former porn star Darren James speaks out about the latest HIV case.

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