The U.K. gay adult business is in turmoil this week, and as we first wrote a few days ago, prolific European production house ICreme has issued a statement to the BBC indicating they will stop production of condomless, or bareback, erotic content. This follows an investigative report conducted by the BBC, and aired this week, which told the story of young performers who contracted HIV soon after filming a bareback sex scene (as I have not seen the report, it’s not clear if the models believe they contracted HIV on the shoot or via private behavior. See below.) Nevertheless, the resultant public scrutiny has resulted in ICreme’s declaration. Their website has not yet been updated (as of 03/06) with this new development. Click here for more news from overseas…

The ICreme website does explicity state that all models must be tested every 28 days, and that they must provide an NHS test showing their negative status. As well, ICreme states, “(w)e will not tolerate anyone who acts in an unsafe way in their private lives.” There is no indication as to how they enact that policy.

Also, their manifesto notes that “almost all of the straight porn companies” shoot without condoms, which is true, and that “most of the successful gay porn companies” do likewise, which is unequivocally false.

In other news, the U.K.’s Pink News has landed an interview (click here) with “Clyde,” a 20-year-old performer who is among the quartet of models who were diagnosed HIV-positive last year after shooting a condomless sex scene.

Recruited via Gaydar, Clyde was approached about erotic work shortly after he turned 18 (his profile had been active since he was 16). He performed solo for the cameras and was asked to participate in a full bareback sex scene, also for the camera. He agreed.

He was told to bring IDs and certificates indicating he was HIV-negative, but during subsequent shoots, he was asked to show the certificates “about half the time.” He never saw anyone else’s certification.

Clyde says the erotic glamour attached to being a porn star boosted his self-esteem after years of “mental bullying, name-calling and being isolated” at school. In November 2006, a “routine” visit to his local clinic resulted in learning that he was HIV-positive. Clyde hasn’t filmed any more porn since then, but he notes one production company (unnamed in the article) offered him work with other poz performers. He declined.

Clyde says he practiced unsafe sex in his private life as well and was “more careful” before he started shooting porn. There is a positive note to his story; the article notes, “Clyde has reconciled himself to his HIV status with a level of optimism that is impressive… ‘The only way being HIV+ really affects me is I have to be careful about my sexual behavior and my health. But the biggest concern is passing it on,’ ” he says.

[Photo illustration © Pink News.]


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  1. Anonymous on March 6, 2008 2:47 pm

    Well, I think Clyde’s words speak for themselves. There is no evidence WHATSOEVER that he contracted HIV doing the porn shoot. He was involved in at risk behaviour in his personal life and now – how easy for a young tot to blame the porn producers. So sad for him.

  2. Jérôme on March 6, 2008 5:38 pm

    I think Anonymous’ words speak for themselves. Is it possible to get any more callous?

    Let’s hope ICreme’s decision is for real and not window-dressing. This will leave only EUROCREME as the one UK gay porn concern involved in bareback. We’ll see how long they can keep exposing models to the plague before getting sued and sentenced for it.

  3. Anonymous on March 6, 2008 5:54 pm

    EUROCREME is NOT the only company making bareback videos out of the United Kingdom. The rest are not going to break what they are doing because of the lies perpetuated by false BBC news stories. You seem to have missed my point. How can a 20 year old admit to having unprotected sex in his personal life and in the same sentence blame getting HIV during a porn shoot where he barebacked. He can’t.
    NEWS FLASH – straight porn doesn’t use condoms. It’s NOT illegal – bareback videos continue to be a fetish that has been created by the gay community.

  4. DeWayne on March 6, 2008 6:00 pm

    but we still have people who Blame the models and EXONERATE the Producers EVERY TIME!

    Yes Clyde got in his persoanal Life but He was still filmed by a callous producer who could not be bothered to check his status!

    No worries he obviously has his defenders!

    See above.

    This is the Bed MADE by Bareback producers if its full of Shit its of their making!

    Let them WALLOW in it!

  5. Peter Z on March 6, 2008 7:03 pm

    Is anyone REALLY surprised by this? This was inevitable. There is no such thing as safe bareback sex.

  6. Lee on March 6, 2008 8:22 pm

    I think Anonymous’ words speak for themselves. Is it possible to get any more callous?

    Yet before his private life was revealed, a lot of you all relished in “callously” trying to place blame everywhere except where it’s due – on the irresponsibility of the participants to be informed and be honest in their sexual lives – condoms or not. Of course, the producer could have HELPED things, but the responsibility was not DIRECTLY his/hers.

    “There is no such thing as safe bareback sex”.

    And the lies and delusion continue. What spell is the condom mafia under that causes them to believe such bovine fecal matter? Were your mammy and pappy being “dangerous” when they conceived your ignorant ass?

  7. Lee on March 6, 2008 8:25 pm

    And in making the outlandish statement that “there is no such thing as safe bareback sex” you continue to perpetuate it as a fetish and mysterious. Congratulations.

  8. Peter Z on March 6, 2008 10:45 pm

    “The condom mafia…???” Your words speak for themselves too, Lee…and they say: You’re a fucking asshole.

  9. Lee on March 7, 2008 12:43 am

    Better that than a motherfucking idiot and lying propagandist.

  10. Peter Z on March 7, 2008 1:32 am

    LOL! I’ve always wanted to be a “lying propagandist”. Dude, please…seriously…

  11. Will on March 7, 2008 2:37 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Eurocreme a company that produces titles in the UK that all use condoms, and ones in Eastern Europe that all don’t? Whatever one thinks about the issue, talk about exploiting the differences in economic status!

  12. Jérôme on March 7, 2008 3:42 am

    “isn’t Eurocreme a company that produces titles in the UK that all use condoms”

    This was true until last year. But in 2007 Eurocreme started buying/commissioning bareback products made in the UK with British models. Mostly from the ICreme/Ikandi Media people, i.e. Bailey & Ffoulkes. Many of them are still awaiting release this year (this can be checked on the BBFC website, searching for films distirbuted by Eurocreme and Raw Films, 2 names for the same outfit). Also, starting last year, one of their 2 “inhouse” directors, Maxwell Barber (aka Maxwell B.), has started shooting bareback with mixed casts of English and other European models. So to the best of my knowledge, only Simon Booth is still making exclusively condom films for them.

    Again, to the best of my knowledge, Iresch, now the sole Czech director working for them, shot just ONE SCENE with condoms last year. It’s not just a matter of the economic gap between the UK and Central Europe. It’s also that most of the boys don’t care: HIV and AIDS are not very visible in Prague, and many don’t think of themselves as gay and so stupidly assume AIDS will never touch them. Those who do care and worry, like their exclusives, are told quite simply that “only bareback sells”, so they MUST shoot bareback if they want to work and make money. This is of course where the responsibility of the gay viewers comes in.

  13. Lee on March 7, 2008 8:26 am

    “LOL! I’ve always wanted to be a “lying propagandist””.

    You have arrived, bitch.

  14. Will on March 7, 2008 12:23 pm

    @Jerome: Your last point is the kind of thing I had in mind, because as irresponsible as the British industry may be, I doubt that any company there would try that gambit with in-demand British models who don’t NEED the money.

  15. David (specialbottom) on March 10, 2008 11:26 pm

    I have very mixed feelings. On the one hand, I believe that people should be allowed to bareback if it is with full knowledge and consent. On the other hand, I believe that barebacking is not wise from a medical perspective. I’d let 20 guys fucked me one after the other if each agreed to using a condom. I won’t let anyone (even a negative partner) fuck me without a condom. We can argue about the controversy of super-infection, transfer of mutations, reinfection by a different HIV strain or infection with a different STD. For myself, I stand on the side of caution and always use a condom when getting fucked.

  16. Lee on March 14, 2008 12:45 pm

    “I’d let 20 guys fucked me one after the other if each agreed to using a condom”.

    “Wise” move, sport. NOT!!

  17. Anonymous on March 16, 2008 6:13 pm

    um if we all used condoms there’d be no problem..i just don’t get it what the big deal using a condom?? i have NEVER EVER not even once had bb sex in my life and i am close to 50 yrs old…my God is it that big of a deal ?? just put on a fucking rubber!!!and we will neer have to have these conversations…it can’t be that much of a difference ..i mean not that much… if in fact your LIFE depends on it

  18. J Barnes on March 19, 2008 2:47 pm

    I am an infectious doc in Florida, and it makes me just cry to see young men facing shortened, bankrupt lives, with fairly certain heart/liver damage from the drugs they think will make all so easy to be poz. They face a struggle beyond their scope, same as smokers. Gay men were proud and accomplished examples of licking this disease with smart behaviors. Now, these guys are proving themselves to be idiots.

  19. Bareback Porn Producer on March 21, 2008 10:10 am

    I make bareback porn and the money is GREAT! I tried making condom porn but nobody wants it, Chi Chi’s got that locked up. Most of the models in the business (yes, even the famous ones) are poz so what difference does it make, they ain’t gonna get it twice.

    Don’t tell me about young guys being influenced by it, they’re not the ones buying porn. It’s dirty old men who want to relive their youth. So what the hell, enjoy the party!

  20. Lee on March 21, 2008 10:01 pm

    “and we will neer have to have these conversations”

    …because no one EVER contracted HIV using condoms since that’s…like…impossible, right? Think again. 50 years and you don’t know this?

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