The British Board of Film Classification classified the LoadXXX and Rentboy UK bareback video production British Bareback Vacation on November 5, 2007 and not long after this date controversy erupted over a report that three models became infected with HIV during production of British Bareback Vacation. The performers in the film were Brian Daniels, James Allen, Carlos Logan, Steve Daniels, Sam Storm, John Gadsby, Will Forbes and Jon Janes. As this article includes references to bareback porn performers allegedly being infected with HIV, please consider whether you are comfortable reading this article.

According to Boyz.co.uk (article no longer online) three performers aged 18, 21 and 26 became infected with HIV while making British Bareback Vacation. The performers were believed to have been paired with a model who had tested HIV negative several weeks before the shoot, but it seems that he was tested in the window period, where his results appeared to be negative, but because the antibodies could not be detected using the testing method which was used, the performer had the ability to transmit HIV to others unknowingly. It is believed that three days after filming, the performer received the results of his monthly HIV test and discovered that he was HIV positive. Once the performer became aware of his HIV positive status, he notified the director who then had the other performers tested. Unfortunately it seems that three models were found to have been infected with HIV.

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) program Newsnight article HIV scandal in gay porn industry, it is believed that three films were produced and withdrawn from sale and that two of the DVD’s featured footage from a week-long shoot during which eight British models had sex with each other in multiple combination’s without condoms. The article also states that four of the performers who took part were diagnosed as HIV positive soon after, which appears to be the infected performer and the three models he infected during the video shoot. Not long after this incident, Britain’s leading bareback film company Icreme told the BBC that it has decided to only do films using condoms.

In an interview with one of the HIV infected performers, which you can read at Adult Speaks, there is reference to a total of three actors being infected and more details about the models and video production from the perspective of one of the performers involved in the video shoot. There you can also read more specific information about the HIV testing method used by the production company and what happened after it became known that there was a possible HIV infection scare. This incident highlights the importance of regular HIV testing among bareback porn models and the use of HIV tests with a shorter window period to give more accurate results. It is important to understand that even though every precaution might be taken there are still risks, which is also the case with safer-sex porn, as condoms are known to break. This situation will hopefully help to create an awareness of regular HIV testing methods using methods like those used by the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) Health Care Foundation and help to educate the models more about the risks which can be associated with working in the bareback porn industry.

There is an interesting point to why I am discussing this video now and that is because I understood that British Bareback Vacation was withdrawn from sale a couple of years ago. At the time it was withdrawn, many people wanted to learn more about the film and the identity of the models who allegedly became infected. For a time, not a lot was known and assumptions were being made. Recently I discovered that although the video does not seem to be available on DVD, this particular film has been released unedited through a number of online outlets including the Adult Entertainment Broadcast Network, Male Flixxx, Rainbow Movie and TLA Video. It appears that the video has not been renamed or repackaged and it seems that this video can be distributed online in its original form, as a number of different online outlets are doing so.

Some guys find bug chasing, gift giving and sero-conversion an exhilarating experience and a fantasy they want to see filmed to satisfy their desires. At the time it was first announced that this film may have captured a number of unsuspecting young men being infected with HIV on camera, some were disturbed, while others found this an amazing treasure, because it was a real infection and the performers did not suspect anything as they were being sero-converted. To research this article I Googled the video title and found a forum post at a website called Bareback Exchange (website now defunct) with the topic 3 Young Porn Stars Pozzed During Shoot, which verifies that some find sero-conversion erotic. For further details about the production of this video, there is a Barebacking Special article at Positive Nation featuring an interview with freelance journalist Karl Riley.

I have found that the five original scenes from British Bareback Vacation can be downloaded from a number of bareback porn sites including Bareback Twinkz, along with high-resolution photographs. If you are wanting to take a look at the photos and videos, then visit Bareback Twinkz where you can get access to each of the five scenes. As I have mentioned above, I am not sure whether something has happened recently which has made the distribution of this video online acceptable, but a number of major online outlets and websites are now making this video available. I am providing this information here as a community service for consumers and those interested in becoming bareback performers to highlight the circumstances surrounding this video.

References:

  1. Adult Industry Medical (AIM) Health Care Foundation
    (website is no longer online)
  2. Adult Speaks
    (link is no longer available)
  3. British Board of Film Classification
    http://www.bbfc.co.uk/AVV243238
  4. Newsnight
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/7277000.stm
  5. Positive Nation
    http://www.positivenation.co.uk/feature/article.php?article_id=191

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