AHF Press Conference- Derrick Burts & Darren James, Paid Consultants?

NL- I’m curious how much AHF would pay me to jump on their bandwagon…I was in an adult movie once…  just sayin’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

AHF Launches ‘Yes on Measure B’ Condoms in Porn Campaign
By Dan Miller, from XBIZ.com
Mon, Sep 17 2012 11:30am PDT

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) on Monday officially began its “Vote Yes on B” November election campaign, which would require condoms to be mandatory in adult films, announcing its position at a press conference at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
Also known as the “County of Los Angeles Safer Sex In The Adult Film Industry Act,” Measure B would “require producers of adult films to obtain a public health permit from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health…and pay a permit fee…sufficient for necessary enforcement.”  

AHF president Michael Weinstein maintained that Measure B will mandate producers to “comply with existing health and safety laws including condom use in the films they produce — and there will be no cost to taxpayers, as enforcement will be covered by permit fees paid by the producers.”
“Our initial polling has shown strong support for condom use in these films and we are confident that a majority of voters will see this as the straightforward health and safety measure it is,” he said.

On Sept. 6, a coalition of business organizations, entertainment companies, community activists and healthcare advocates announced the launch of a campaign aimed at defeating Measure B.

In addition to Weinstein, Monday’s press conference also was attended by former adult performers Darren James and Derrick Burts, both of whom said they became infected with HIV while working in the adult industry; Shilpa Sayana, M.D. MPH, director of global quality management/HIV care provider for AHF; Whitney Engeran-Cordova, director, public health division for AHF; and Miki Jackson, AHF consultant.

AHF started the conference by premiering two “Yes on B” TV commercials. The first, titled “Darren and Derrick,” showed James and Burts advocating the measure. That spot will start running on three stations (CNN, MSNBC and FOX) in greater Los Angeles in various day parts with an initial run of more 400 ad placements, according to AHF.
In addition, the campaign will include “Vote Yes on B” billboards, which will start going up today; direct mail post cards targeting specific voting constituencies, a “Vote Yes on B” website and other elements. A second “Yes on B” TV spot, titled, “134 Permits,” was shown during the press conference. AHF said placement of this TV ad will occur later in the campaign.

Weinstein said that Measure B is modeled on L.A. County’s health permit process for businesses such as nail salons, barbershops, tattoo and massage parlors and bathhouses. According to AHF, currently there are 134 other categories of businesses or services that require a permit or license from L.A. County, and advocates from AHF and For Adult Industry Responsibility (FAIR) say that “it is not burdensome to require the adult film industry to get similar health permits.”  
Weinstein’s opening remarks included references to a “global syphilis outbreak in the adult film industry.” He also said there have been “thousands” of documented cases of STDs during the last five years, according to County of Public Health records.

He called James’ and Burts’ presence “an extraordinary act of courage for these two men to put themselves out there the way that they are.” (NL- And the payday they receive don’t hurt either!)

“The industry has deep scorn for anyone who dares to speak out,” Weinstein said.
James, who contracted HIV in 2004, spoke about “raising awareness” and wanting to prevent other performers from becoming infected with HIV.
Burts, who was diagnosed in 2010, said a lot of adult performers “feel stuck” in the industry.
“A lot of performers I think they want condom use, but they’re just afraid to speak out because they think they’ll lose their paycheck,” Burts said.
AHF also introduced former adult performer Hayden Winters,(NL-WHO?) who was in the industry for about a year and claimed her agent told her that "STDs came with the job and you’re almost guaranteed to test for something.” “That was a little scary,” Winters said. “… Everyone else in other industries have some form of protection, why not the adult industry?”

The other measure proponents suggested that Measure B was about “common sense.”

Industry attorney Michael Fattorosi, who attended the meeting, asked Weinstein why a similar measure was not being campaigned for in San Francisco, the hub of gay porn shooting. Weinstein said that L.A. is where AHF is starting because the majority of porn is shot here, and added “the majority of gay porn is made with condoms.” Weinstein also noted that AHF has filed complaints in Florida.


  1. Michael Whiteacre

    Hayden Winters is an old friend of Burts. As I reported in the Derrick Burts article I wrote for this site, Hayden Winters was one of the group of four people who walked into OC Modeling in June 2010 looking to get into adult videos — it was Hayden, her boyfriend, Derrick Burts, and Derrick’s girlfriend Kaycee Brooks. Only Hayden’s boyfriend didn’t get signed.

    Winters’ testimony is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. She claimed her agent told her that “STDs came with the job and youโ€™re almost guaranteed to test for something.โ€

    โ€œThat was a little scary,โ€ Winters said. โ€œโ€ฆ Everyone else in other industries have some form of protection, why not the adult industry?โ€

    Is AHF implying that condoms are 100% effective at preventing STDs, and that with condoms no one will catch any STDs? A condom is a flimsy piece of latex which, when properly used, is only 85% effective at the job it was designed for, and which has an on-set failure rate of between 15 – 25%. And not all STIs are transmitted vaginally or anally. Logic tells us that, even with condoms, sexually transmitted diseases come with sex (and even with kissing).

    If that’s what her agent said, then it’s exactly he should have told her. He’d have been lying if he said that he could guarantee she’d be insulated from STDs. Geez, Burts claims he contracted HIV on a condom set! The agent told her the risks and she agreed to enter the industry despite the risk.

    If she were so averse to risk, perhaps she shouldn’t have been hanging around with Burts and his gf (who were swingers) while Burts had ads for gay hookups on Craigslist and RentBoy, and performed with untested gay talent…

  2. jeremysteele11

    And that video ad is pathetic. You can see their eyes reading the fucking script. Such sin-cerity!

    They ought to watch the documentary House and Numbers and others to see how HIV testing is fraudulent. They should go test again somewhere and not tell them who they are and see if they’re still “positive”. Brainwashing is an absolute indisputable fact when not more than one side has been examined. The best brainwashed masses can hope for is that the stuff they’re brainwashed to believe happens to be true, but it’s not based on any open trial, forum or in depth study. This scam is so obvious if you do a little bit of homework and thinking. When will you zombies take the time to examine it? Ask to see the disclaimer of any “HIV test” manufacturer. Holy Shit!

  3. Michael Whiteacre

    You’d think someone at AHF would have a better sense of style than those awful ad videos demonstrate. All that money, and that is the best AHF could come up with?

  4. jeremysteele11

    Their science is as sloppy as Gallo’s, Michael, but they got lots and lots and lots and lots of dollars backing the bullshit so I guess it doesn’t matter, anyway. Minds are bought and sold everyday. Just another day at the office. The money vaccuum will keep sucking it in with their red ribbons pulling ignorant peoples’ heart and purse strings in spite of these shitty card reading performances.

  5. jeremysteele11

    And I don’t know why but I keep thinking of the name Burts as the morphing of the words “Butt Hurts”. Did he actually pick Burts as a stage name? That’s right down there, below Dirk Diggler… and twitter.

  6. jeremysteele11

    I just found the perfect cartoon ad to represent these paid representatives, and hired scientists. There’s a cartoon of an angry looking scientist in lab coat standing across from a guy wearing a suit and tie inside a lab, holding a piece of paper that says “NIH Grant”, and the businessman tells the scientist, “You are free to carry out any research you want as long as you come to these conclusions”. This may be funny, but it’s also the reality of grant money handouts… science is just the bull rider and the NIH and gov’t institutes are the bull.

  7. Michael Whiteacre

    Incidentally, in the LA Daily News, AHF admitted that Darren James “is a paid employee of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, working in HIV prevention.”

  8. jeremysteele11

    Well, isn’t it nice to know that, in spite of being AIDS statistics, these guys are still professional whores. God bless America.

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