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The HIV Outbreak Timeline Decoded

Prior to the big HIV scandal not many people had heard the name Xander Corvus. To the rest of the world, James Deen was still the IT boy of porn, booking all the scenes. But apparently Xander Corvus was quickly gaining a name for himself to porn insiders and rumor is, he is slated for a big year come awards time this January.

But even if he is the favored son of porn right now there is still something that is bothering me about Xander Corvus and no, it’s not his inappropriate remarks he made about his HIV positive co-star. I think by now we all know that was probably just a case of open mouth insert foot and who here hasn’t had that kind of moment a time or two or three in their lives?

No my problem is more with what he did right after. But I really need to start at the beginning to explain all of that.

It can take as little as 2 weeks or as long as 6 months from the time you become infected with HIV for the antibodies to be detected in your blood. This is commonly called the window period. During the window period, you are contagious and can spread the virus to others, even if you are kicking out negative tests.

It was previously thought that HIV has an incubation period of up to 10 years but the CDC has since learned that is not true. Originally the timeline from the CDC was 8 weeks to 24 months but with advances in technology that time frame has since apparently been reduced to 6 months. So this means that it is possible for someone with HIV to have an incubation period of up to 6 months, according to the center for disease control (the CDC).

The type of test we use in the adult industry can detect the virus as early as 6 days after possible exposure, however physicians *real doctors not that bullshit apparently our industry has* recommend waiting 3 weeks after exposure to ensure the most accurate results. So while our test can give you a pretty good result within the first week, it’s still not 100% accurate.  They also say that they recommend following up a negative test with an HIV antibody test 3 months after an exposure to confirm the negative result wasn’t related to testing too early. So even if you test negative with our fancy 6 day test, they still suggest an additional test 3 months after potential exposure with a different kind of test.

That’s something a lot of people aren’t talking about but should be. This means that for up to three months there is still that cause for concern that he in fact was exposed. Not 3 days, not 3 weeks but three months.

Another respected panel of doctors suggests that if you think you have been exposed to HIV you should test at six weeks, against 12, and then again at 24 weeks, to be sure you are in fact not infected. And this is a recommendation for the type of testing we use in the industry. So if they make these suggestions, for testing up to 24 weeks after the initial potential exposure that means again, there IS cause for concern.

So what this means is that for the most part our system of testing is pretty accurate but not 100% and the true medical experts say that you can very well have HIV and not get a positive result right away but you are still contagious and can spread the virus to others.

Now let’s look at the timeline.

On July 31st Cameron Bay had sex with Xander just after her July 27th negative test.

Which now makes the origin of Cameron Bay’s infection more important than ever to determine. Cameron tested negative for HIV July 27th. She worked with Xander Corvus for Kink.com on July 31st. During this time his dick got caught somehow on her mouth and was bleeding. This means he had an open wound that was actually bleeding and bodily fluids between those two were exchanged.

On August 21st Cameron Bay found out she tested positive for HIV at cutting edge from her test she took on Aug 19th. She also tested on Monday the 18th but was told that test was “contaminated” and she had to re-test.

They don’t know for sure she has HIV at this point, just an indication that something is wrong so what they have to do then is call the person back in and run another test. CET nor TTS does antibody testing for industry HIV tests, they do the PCR/DNA test which is a viral load test and does NOT test for antibodies. Everyone claims that is so much better than the antibody test, but here’s the kicker … the confirmatory test that is used to confirm a positive PCR test IS an antibody test called the Western Blot. Now remember what we learned earlier about the antibody tests and the window period.

We all found out she was HIV positive on August 21st. Even though the whole world knew she was HIV positive, amazingly at that point she still did not have her test results. She still did not know her viral load. What she would find out, from a phone call from the Evil Angel dude was that she was told she had an acute HIV which turns out means the brief stage immediately following your infection. So what that means is we may not know exactly how she got it but we know she just got it within the past few days to the past few weeks at best.

Acute HIV infection is the period of time immediately following infection.   In the days or weeks immediately after infection, HIV replication is extremely rapid, and the virus copies itself over and over again, resulting in an extremely high amount of HIV in the blood (The amount of virus in your blood is called the viral load).  The virus in the blood during this time is often the highest it will ever be since the body’s defenses have not had enough time to respond to the virus.  As the amount of HIV increases in the body, a large number of white cells, called CD4 cells, are destroyed.  Over time, HIV infection causes a dramatic decrease in the number of CD4 cells in the body and a weakening of the immune system.

On August 23rd Xander Corvus announced that he tested negative on a test he took on August 22nd.

“In the first round of testing he has tested negative for HIV, though that doesn’t clear him to work. He is still within the window period, it is a good sign but he is not in the clear yet. Still waiting to hear the results of Camerons boyfriends test.”

Notice there the mention of a window period. We learned earlier from the CDC that the window period is 6 months. Not 6 days, not 6 weeks, but 6 months. When did the FSC become experts on HIV? When did the FREE SPEECH COALITION suddenly turn into experts in any medical capacity?

The Free Speech Coalition lifted the moratorium was listed on August 28th. That’s only 7 days after Cameron  Bay found out she tested positive for HIV. We then learn that despite what the FSC would have us believe, not everyone was notified to be re-tested. From what I understand, if you didn’t work in the last 30 days – or by their standards, if you didn’t test in their PASS system in the last 30 days (prior to the outbreak) then you aren’t really an active performer so they didn’t bother with contacting those people.

So let’s say Cameron Bay had sex with 10 people in June, 10 people in July and another 10 in August. All of those people who she had sex with in August were notified (we hope), some but not all,  – SOME – of the people she had sex with in July were notified and probably none of the people she had sex with in June were notified, because some of them don’t do scenes every month – they only work a few times a year so in accordance with FSC policy they were considered “active”.

Does that mean they weren’t at risk of infection because they don’t perform in scenes every month? Of course not. And as it turns out, there was one of those people, those girls who didn’t do scenes every month, who the FSC didn’t bother with, who was HIV positive. But more on that later in the timeline.

On September 3rd Rod Daily announced he was HIV positive.

Rod Daily told us that his test last week was negative – which was apparently the test expected back on August 27th. The first test was on August 22nd – and that test was either negative or not conclusive. Either way that means like Xander Corvus, Rod Daily tested negative around the same time that Xander did. Rod Daily decided not to continue to retest with the Cutting Edge testing and instead go to real doctors and it was with them he found out he was in fact HIV positive. But since he was “just a cross over” the industry didn’t seem to care and went back to work.

On September 6th we found out that that Sophia Delgado was HIV positive.

When we all found out Sophia Delgado was HIV positive, we didn’t know her name because she got the hell out of dodge and decided not to cooperate with the FSC or Cutting Edge Testing. A new moratorium was put in place, only this time most people didn’t really listen. Several companies, including well known companies like Evil Angel continued shooting anyway.

On September 10th we learned that Cutting Edge testing, the place that told us Xander Corvus and Rod Daily were negative used pooled blood to test and that isn’t as accurate as testing each blood individually however apparently it is far cheaper.

And exactly two weeks later, the FSC lifted the moratorium that many were ignoring stating that “Everyone performer #3 worked with has tested negative, and it has been over a month since she worked with anyone in the adult industry. If any of them had HIV it would have shown up now.”

The FSC states that if you have HIV it will show up in two to four weeks. Apparently the CDC is wrong. Apparently the HIV experts are wrong. They say there is a 6 month window period but hey the FSC knows everything, and we can totally trust they wouldn’t lie to us, right? I mean they are a political group with the mission to allow to fight freedom of speech issues. That totally makes them experts in healthcare too, right?

Only it was during this time, quite a few people that had contact with Sophia Delgado weren’t notified and the excuse we were hearing was because Sophia Delgado wouldn’t cooperate with the FSC any more and she left town. That was wrong of her. I get why she didn’t want to cooperate with the FSC or CET, but she could have stayed and given her sexual history to the health department. There are a lot of people that she had sex with (potentially) that have also since then had sex with other people. By not cooperating she very well could be directly responsible for HIV being passed on to other people. That is totally on her. Hate the FSC or not, that’s wrong of her to do.

So now let’s go back to Xander Corvus.

He worked with Cameron Bay on July 31st. He tested negative, according to him, at least twice between then and September 7th – which is 1 month and 1 week (or 5 weeks) since the time he was with Cameron Bay, who we now know is HIV positive and mostly likely was HIV positive when she worked with him in July. Maybe. Again there is no way for all of us to really know for sure. Even if she finds out how she got it, she doesn’t have to share that with us and hasn’t, if she even knows herself.

But how do we know that Cameron Bay was probably HIV positive in July? Because according to the FSC Sophia didn’t work with anyone in August and that means she didn’t test during that time. This means the exposure she got was prior to that – June or July and we all learned during all of this that Rod Daily, Cameron Bay and Sophia are all connected – all from Arizona, all friends, and they all have HIV. So who infected who we don’t know. But we can say for sure they are all connected. I mean what are the chances that three good friends, former roommates, all catching HIV from different sources within the same time frame?

So long story short, Xander Corvus was with Cameron Bay on July 31st. His dick bled during this time, that means he had an open wound. You can’t bleed unless you have an open wound. That’s just how it works. In addition, they exchanged bodily fluids. It is likely Cameron Bay was in the very early stages of her own HIV infection during this time and as we learned from the CDC, even if she isn’t testing positive, she is still contagious.

So Vivid goes and hires him to work on a movie, 5 weeks after his initial exposure. They had every right to do so because he was cleared for work by the FSC’s PASS system. Vivid could have made up their own mind and did something different, but in accordance with our industry standards, Xander Corvus was clear to work. So Vivid, although morally might have been off, legally they did nothing wrong.

I am curious to know what girl would be stupid enough to work with him, seriously? I mean it was everywhere that he was exposed to HIV. Even if he doesn’t have it, we can’t say for sure that is the case for at least 6 months and at that point it had only been a matter of weeks … WEEKS!!!!!!!  The risk of catching HIV yourself by working with someone like Xander Corvus is astronomical. What kind of person would be so careless with their own life to put themselves in that situation?

Seriously I can’t say this loud enough,DO NOT WORK WITH XANDER CORVUS FOR ANY REASON WITH OR WITHOUT A CONDOM FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 6 MONTHS. YOUR LIFE MATTERS MORE THAN THAT. IT IS NOT WORTH THE RISK.

How did the FSC release him for work in only 5 weeks? What is wrong with them? Why are they even making healthcare decisions for our industry in the first place?

How did Vivid of all companies approve of this kind of behavior? Why did they allow him to be cast in one of their movies and have sex with someone without a condom just weeks after his potential exposure? How fucked up is that? I seriously lost so much respect for Vivid after that one.

And again what girl in her right mind would actually have sex with Xander Corvus just weeks after all of that crazy shit went down? I’m just dying to know who this girl is. If not for my own curiosity, but so I can make sure I tell all of my performer friends to put that chick on their no list. Her behavior is just far to risky.

So back to my original point way way way in the beginning … my problem with Xander Corvus is that he didn’t take responsibility himself.  Even if the FSC and Vivid acted irresponsible, that doesn’t mean he has to. He could have come out and said hey, the risk right now to expose others to HIV is just far to high so I’m going to put myself on a quarantine for the next 60 days. He could have taken the high road but he didn’t. Instead he spent his time sending out I’m going to get my friends and come kick your ass tweets to Rob Black and partying it up on Vegas. That’s not okay with me. That really really bothers me.

He could have done the right thing. He could have taken a stand, but he didn’t.

And because it is important for the safety and well being of the girls in our industry I’m going to say this one last time.

DO NOT HAVE SEX WITH XANDER CORVUS FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. THERE IS STILL THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO HIV.  IF YOUR AGENT BOOKS YOU ON A JOB TO HAVE SEX WITH XANDER CORVUS THAN HE IS A JACK ASS AND DOESN’T REALLY CARE ABOUT YOUR WELL BEING. BE PROACTIVE AND CARE ABOUT YOURSELF AND DO NOT WORK WITH XANDER CORVUS OR ANYONE HE HAS WORKED WITH SINCE JULY 31ST.

 

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