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August 24th, 2010
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Mason Wyler is one of the more prolific gay porn actors currently producing material; in addition to having a considerable formal filmography (IMDB) he maintains personal and commercial websites. Last Thursday on his personal blog Wyler disclosed that he is HIV+. His brief post in it’s entirety:
I have something to say. I spent the last few months waiting for the right time to tell you but it turns out that there is no right time… I wish I could put this off for a little while longer but information like this usually finds a way of coming out sooner than later. In fact, people have already begun to talk so I might as well just tell you now. I tested positive. I have only myself to blame. I have HIV and it kind of sucks.
Porn news site TheSword.com reports Great Atlantic Media’s (a porn conglomerate) webmaster Mark Wilson originally outed Mason with a trashy post on GayPornGossip.com. Wyler’s admission on his own site appears to have been posted later that same day.
Sometimes it boggles the mind the number of people who think it’s acceptable to disclose someone else’s status, including as I’d previously posted Michael Alvear, Manhunt.net’s in-house advise columnist (Safe for work).
I admit I’m fond of Mason’s work and part of the purpose of this post is to speculate on how this might affect his career. In the mainstream (condom-less) straight porn industry contracting HIV is a career ender (gee talk about stigmatizing).
Contrast this to the gay porn industry where an anonymous survey conducted by TheSword.com revealed a full 30% of actors were either poz or unsure of their status and 52% of survey respondents either never or rarely discussed their status with scene partners.
But my question is, how many of those people are public with their status and how does that affect their cast-ability in films?
Off the top of my head I couldn’t think of any mainstream (non-bareback) openly poz gay pornstars. If you happen to know of any please post a comment below and include a source link.
Fortunately TheSword.com is already reporting the Raging Stallion network of porn sites has issued a common sense statement:
Raging Stallion practices safe sex on all of its video shoots–indeed we enjoy filming hot safe sex and showing other gay men how to have hot safe sex. HIV status should not be an issue when shooting porn if the actors are using condoms and using common sense. Raging Stallion would love to shoot Mason Wyler in an upcoming movie. He is a great actor and I have always wanted to work with him. Nothing has changed from my perspective.
God now if only the rest of the porn industry would adopt such a rational view.
Cross posted on The Denver ELEMENT
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