Gay Porn Star Trent Ferris Cites “AIDS Medication” In Shocking Complaint Against Dallas Reeves

Posted January 23, 2015 by with 66 comments

trent dallas

Last year, gay porn star Vadim Black called former gay porn star turned studio owner Dallas Reeves “shady,” but he wouldn’t offer specifics. And up until today, almost all gay porn stars have wanted to stay off the record or remain anonymous when coming forward with complaints about Reeves, his studio DallasReeves.com, and the site’s co-owner Baileey. Not anymore.

For the first time, a gay porn star is going on the record to speak out against the disastrous Florida-based studio, and he’s giving some very specific reasons as to why he and so many other performers dislike and distrust Dallas Reeves. Trent Ferris (who recently became engaged to his gay porn star boyfriend Sam Truitt) posted the below message to Twitter late Friday night, and it leaves little doubt as to what the issue with Dallas Reeves—who has performed in bareback scenes with several of his employees—and DallasReeves.com is.

B8F1rImCUAAimfBB8F1rImCMAEj4lftrent2

This is just Trent Ferris’ experience. What about everyone else? As the studio’s owner, was Dallas Reeves required to assure his bareback scene partners that he was tested for STDs? Were models who performed in bareback scenes with Dallas Reeves (e.g., Max Fitch, Brenner Bolton, Vance Crawford, etc.) offered STD testing or the option to use condoms?

What about all of these people (Johnny Forza, Donny Forza, Bryan Cavallo, Jacob Durham, Nicoli Cole, Seth Johnson, etc.) who had bareback sex with Dallas Reeves (seen barebacking Trevor Spade, below) in this “Key West Orgy” last year?

15b7-620x270key_west_annual_bareback_party-5

  • Alan

    Saw that too (and then it was quickly deleted). Hope others are brave enough to come forward. As I said before, indictments like this are so much more powerful when they’re not anonymous – now that someone’s come forward, people in the industry should not turn away or pretend it’s not happening.

  • dave1984

    I’m glad Trent Ferris came fwd & wish him the best of luck . certainly away fr Dallas Ratchet

    However, just based upon this note, Mr. Ratchet’s HIV status isn’t conclusive bc some “AIDS medication” are used for PrEP.

    • WillG

      Nobody refers to Truvada as “AIDS medication.” And why would his “houseboy” have called Trent to tell him he found Truvada in the closet?

      • FrenchBug

        Does anybody intimately familiar with HIV call “AIDS medication” “AIDS medication” though? Does not sound like the wording of anyone who has any little bit of knowledge of the disease and its treatment.
        I can totally see a houseboy finding medication, googling it, finding it is related to HIV and freaking out. When you Google Truvada, its function as treatment is what comes first and you have to read further to hear about PreP.

        I am not arguing this is the likeliest explanation but as dave said, it is enough of a plausible scenario that we can’t jump to conclusions.

        Not, btw, that it makes DR look good either since that means he is concerned enough about the risks of barebacking that he would be on Prep himself while making his performers perform bareback without any inquiry on whether they are taking measures to protect themselves or at least are aware of the risks he is himself not willing to take. Less vile than knowingly exposing models to the virus himself but still less than ethical practices.

        • WillG

          The so-called “houseboy” is a porn model named Drake Stone. You honestly think someone who does porn would have to Google Truvada?

          • dave1984

            Truvada is the most popular choice but Viread & Emtriva are also FDA approved & CDC rec for PrEP, not to mention a few “off labels”/”investigatives” . They’re all referred to as HIV/AIDS med. Just someone using the term “AIDS medication” sort of already discredited his/her knowledge of HIV .

          • zach

            No one mentioned anything about HIV, so I don’t know how anyone could be discredited of anything. The “houseboy” and Trent mentioned AIDS, which is when someone’s CD4 count drops below 200 cells/cc.

          • dave1984

            is there a medication specially for patients with CD4 < 200/cc but not used for other HIV+ patients? Maybe it's sth I'm not aware of?

            Acd to this note & your input, the "houseboy" found certain "AIDS medication" & concluded DR had AIDS (I thought just HIV+ but you eliminated that part), hence Trent's anxiety. I'm simply not aware of any specific med for AIDS patients, if you do, pls let me know.

          • zach

            There is certainly specific medication used to treat someone living with AIDS. Go look it up if you’re curious.

          • dave1984

            All of the antiretroviral & boosters I’m aware of are either called HIV/AIDS medication or HIV medication but NOT “AIDS medication” alone . “AIDS medication” would mean it treats AIDS specifically, like you rightly pointed out <200 CD4 count, but not a suitable choice for other HIV+ patients. Sort of like "cancer drugs" vs "stage 4 cancer drugs"

            That said, I'm not claiming I know all meds. So if you do know a medication that upon knowing its name, CD4 count of less than 200 can be inferred /concluded, let me know

          • zach

            Sorry, I’m not here to explain medications to you. Google is a good resource. Go do some searches if you really care.

          • dave1984

            I’m even more sorry! was hoping to learn at least 1 “AIDS medication” name. gotta fix my Google machine & improve my Googling skills since neither turned up shit.

            have a good weekend. thanks 4 the report

          • dave1984

            ok, i’m signing off to fix my Google machine, as you suggested. this is my last post on this cuz it might be deleted anyway (like you did w ~ 10 of our exchanges on here, your prerogative anyway)

            Mentioning AIDS already automatically calls HIV into the convo since AIDS is CD4 < 200

          • La Bambi

            And are you sure Trent knows the necessary CD4 count that indicates HIV has caused AIDS? Not everyone is so knowledgeable and unfortunately people frequently use HIV and AIDS interchangeably.

          • FrenchBug

            Those are people who are obviously concerned about HIV as the above story proves and yet performed in bareback scenes without any assurances or testing (if they hadn’t gotten tested, they could clear infer neither did their scene partners … and yet they went ahead with it). Sorry but they seem to be at the very least naive about these things and them being porn stars obviously does not preclude a certain level of ignorance.

            Again I am not arguing this is the likeliest possibility but I wouldn’t say it is irrational.

          • La Bambi

            He would probably have to google Tenofovir, emtribacitine, efravirenz or Atripla, which are the actual drug names that comprise PREP and are often marketed as “Truvada.” Those drugs are both HIV medications and PREP, it just depends whether you take them to prevent infection or after to treat infection.

        • Istanballu

          You have to recognize at a certain point that you’re arguing with people who have AIDS paranoia, are obsessed with others’ HIV statuses but lack even the most basic of science.

          • FrenchBug

            I am not entirely sure I would put it this way.
            First I WISH the kids mentioned in this story had AIDS paranoia. That would have prevented them from barebacking in the first place, let alone in such conspicuously unsafe conditions.
            And I don’t think what Zach is doing here is AIDS paranoia either. The rabbit hole of whether the medication is AIDS or HIV medication or whatever is interesting only insofar that it makes it more or less plausible that DR may be on PreP rather than HIV+.

            But we are simply arguing over the degree to which DR is shifty – not whether he is, which is, ultimately, Zach’s point. It is about whether you believe that DR actively endangered his models’ health himself or that he “merely” knowingly ignored it by making them perform bareback without the appropriate testing – at the same time making sure to protect himself.
            The “AIDS medication” semantics game is merely about whether you want to consider it *possible* that there is a slightly less callous interpretation of these events.

            dave had a fair point but let’s not lose sight of what the story is about. It is about a porn producer with unethical business practices. His HIV status is not the core of the story.

          • dave1984

            +1 000000000
            well said. sorry I digressed a bit, as always :) The term “AIDS medication”, to me anyway, made Trent’s statement less convincing & not well-thoughtout.

            have a good weekend.

          • Well said!

        • Guest

          I simply wish Trent’s statement were more carefully researched & thought out so it’d have the maximum impact.

      • dave1984

        Nobody refers to Truvada as “AIDS medication.” : what would u call it then, besides the trade name Truvada?

        • WillG

          I don’t know, but “AIDS medication” means a treatment for HIV/AIDS. Since Truvada is now most widely used to prevent HIV infection, that’s not how people refer to it.

          • WillG

            Oh now I see Dave deleted all his comments. He asked me what I’d call Truvada, if not AIDS medication.

    • zach

      You think Dallas Reeves is on Truvada?

      http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/2013/07/50centdriving.gif

      • dave1984

        my point is just base on this note alone I can’t be certain about Mr. Ratchet’s HIV status. If any of you are, let me know how.
        Truvada is the most popular choice but Viread & Emtriva are also FDA approved & CDC rec for PrEP, not to mention a few “off labels”/”investigatives” .They’re all referred to as HIV/AIDS med.

        • zach

          Who said anything about HIV meds? The houseboy and Trent mentioned AIDS medication, which would be used to treat someone with AIDS (CD4 count below 200 cells/cc).

          • dave1984

            well, all AIDS patients are HIV+ , not all HIV+ patients have AIDS. If you implied DR had AIDS, my comment about HIV+ is still relevant

          • zach

            I’m not implying anything. You’re making assumptions and twisting the words around from Trent’s tweets. It says “AIDS medication,” so that’s what the message says they’re talking about: AIDS medication.

          • Mike

            There aren’t really any medications specifically targeted to AIDS & not HIV. You use the same medications(antiretrovirals, etc) for AIDS as you would for HIV. All AIDS means is the medications you were on were either ineffective or you took them incorrectly and your disease progressed/worsened. He probably meant HIV medications but called it AIDS medications because some people use AIDS & HIV synonymously.

          • FrenchBug

            The point dave and I were making was that “AIDS medication” sounds more like something someone with only a vague knowledge of HIV/AIDS says to refer to medication used to treat HIV than the knowledgeable recognition of a hyper-specialized subsection of medicines used to treat patients with a low CD4 count.
            I personally don’t believe it is more likely the houseboy used “AIDS medication” to specifically indicate a certain cell count than he was just referring to medication he found out was linked to HIV and called “AIDS medication” in his freaked-out mild ignorance.

            Again, I think we all have the same gut instinct about this. But putting a slight caveat on the story isn’t unreasonable.

      • dave1984

        nope cuz Truvada isn’t the only PrEP med. I’m not guessing, just saying there’s a possibility the med is for PrEP.

    • GN

      AIDS meds = Anti-retrovirals….Now, you expect Trent Ferris (as cute as he is) know what an anti-retroviral means, if he saw it on a medication label? (which, It would not even say that, it most likely has a trade name ending in “vir” (indicating it is indeed an anti-viral med). Zach can dig dirt, I’m sure he’s already hitting up this @drakestonexxx to ask him exactly what he saw.

    • Luca

      I think the main point is not Reeves status in itself, but the fact that he kept people working with him (even bb) in the dark about it. Also, that the recklessness of Reeves about his status extends to how he deals with his company and the models working for it.

      What I don’t get is why everyone is so cautious speaking about it…

  • WillG

    Does this still count as the first time a porn star has gone on the record if Trent immediately deleted it?

    • zach

      I think his “PLEASE READ AND SHARE!!” speaks for itself.

      • WillG

        Nothing gets deleted when you’re around!

        • FrenchBug

          One would think porn stars better than anyone would know that once something is out there, it is out there for good. There is no taking it back.

  • DeanD

    Porn stars need to start some kind of union so they can knowingly protect themselves from not only economical ills but medical ills as well. But I don’t understand how the most profitable enterprise in the world doesn’t take care of their own, so what the fuck do I know.

    • sxg

      That’s what they pretty much tried to do in California. And it is very shocking that they don’t implement a similar mandatory testing policy like straight porn has on gay porn, specifically for barebacking studios. Sure it may put out some performers from working in barebacking porn because they’ll test positive for god knows what, but you shouldn’t be doing barebacking porn in the first place if you can’t pass those tests.

      • DeanD

        What did they try to do in California, unionize?

        • sxg

          Thu didn’t try and do anything, California tried to impose those condom and testing laws remember?

          History has shown that pornstars, gay or straight, are incapable and/or unwilling to police themselves and you cannot fault the studios for that every time. The only gay porn sites currently required by law to do any testing are those owned by straight porn companies, everyone else does it at their own discretion, or doesn’t do it at all. And that needs to change.

      • La Bambi

        The truth is, if you required performers to be HIV negative to perform, you would lose half of all gay porn stars overnight.
        The majority of bareback performers are already positive, that’s why they work in that side of the industry. It also would just further stigmatize the disease and cause performers to try and hide their status. Ideally, there would be frequent testing and informed consent. Sero-sorting would reduce risk (though condoms would reduce risk even more). Even testing isn’t perfect as there is an infection window.
        Unless you know for certain otherwise, you should assume any partner is potentially HIV+ and take appropriate precautions. It was very naive of Trent Farris to assume Dallas Reeves wasn’t positive.

        • BLACKjackHAMMER

          La Bambi you make a very good point no one should be so naive to take such a risk especially when you are talking about a character as shady as Dallas Reeves but I applaud Trent for having the courage to come forward maybe if more current / former porn stars start taking similar action change will come for the better . I HOPE !

        • Sketches93

          If Dallas Reeves has HIV and was hiding it, your point is An example of victim blaming at its Finest.Yes it naive to assume. That doesn’t change the fact that having bareback sex while knowingly hiv positive, lying directly or by omission, is a sociopathic act.
          Yes there is stigma around hiv but when it comes to public health policy concerns about stigma should become a Moot point. All porn stars gay or straight should have to wear condoms In all scenes.

    • BLACKjackHAMMER

      DeanD I do not know how smart U R but sound pretty on point 2 me LOL !

  • Hudsonman

    Let’s see… “could have been barebacked once OR twice” Gosh, who can remember? D.R. was the only one????

    And a houseboy/detective looking through someone’s personal things.

    Granted if true it is a shit show but the whole thing sounds like a cast of characters on a train wreck.

    • dave1984

      lol lol

  • J2

    Two years ago, when Ryan Dixon / Kameron Scott wrote his HIV Diary for South Florida Gay News, Dallas Reeves tweeted “hope it’s nothing serious”. Ryan said ‘People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones and that’s all I’m going to say about that.’ I can’t find it again but I distinctly remember him saying it.

  • Colorful Kent

    Each person has to take responsibility for their own safety. If you bareback, you should be on Prep or accept the risks that the other person has HIV. If a partner, says that he is negative after testing and is lying, you have a legal right to sue them. Stop blaming others for your decisions and ignorance.

  • Dave

    His post shoud have said “HIV” medication as the drugs fight the HIV virus. AIDS is the result if your CD4 count falls below 40 cells actually since I’m living with HIV (when diagnosed I was at 37.4). If your CD4 count rises above 200 then your less likely to get complications due to HIV (pneumonia, thrush etc.). Now I live in Canada and there are easily over 40 HIV medications. Although these days anyone newly diagnosed is put on 1 superdrug (containing 3 components) instead of a number of different pills. I take 1 pill once daily before bedtime that’s all. Now if this Drake Stone had told Trent the name of the drug (Atripla, Complera etc.) then it would be easily to identify if it were HIV medication or not.

    • dave1984

      Glad to know your medication worked & your health’s improving. Wish you all the best.

    • Dave

      Everyone has become so complacent since the advent of “PREP” and similar medications. Pop a pill once a day and I can fuck anyone, anywhere, anyway I want. There are ALOT of other things to catch other than HIV when having unprotected sex remember that. You miss a dosage and you can become susceptible. Trust me HIV and all the stigma that comes with it is no walk in the park. Don’t take ANY chances have protected sex unless in a monogamous committed relationship.

  • Luca

    what’s the point of writing “please read & share” and then deleting the tweet?!

  • Bull

    Is it bad that I find this more entertaining that 90% of the porn that’s being produced now?

  • WillG
    • Luca

      good catch!

  • Drew Barrymore

    Ok so rumors are true, Sebastian Young got the bug too with this studio.

  • Eric D

    Here a thought…as gay men we should know that we are a shady lot!!! That being said why not place your LIFE and well being above A QUICK BUCK, DRUGS, BUFF DOUCHE BAG WITH A BIG DICK, FIVE MINUTES OF FAME PORN!!! Love and respect YOURSELF instead looking to substances and endless tricks for happiness!

  • BLACKjackHAMMER

    I would be more than willing to bet that a good portion of these pornstars that are positive became positive while working for one of these bareback studios and Dallas Reeves is no different than all of these other BB studios they are more concearned about the money that they make rather than the lives that they destroy !

    • I doubt that a “good portion” of poz porn stars got pozzed while making BB porn. If that were the case first you would hear more of them complaining about that, suing, or being more open about that. Most will tell you they got it from sex in their private life and many had it before going into porn. Once they found out they were poz they probably just figured might as well do bb porn since I am poz. Not all the BB porn studios are shady operations where they could care less who gets pozzed on set as long as the scene is good so they can make money. You seem to have an anti BB bias that you apply the ways of the worst studios to all of them and that is wrong.

  • Anyone thinking about doing porn would be wise to do a thorough Google search on each studio before they apply to it.

  • Pingback: Trent Ferris Speaks Out Against Dallas Reeves | Guy Video Sex()

  • Even if Dallas was taking HIV meds which rendered him undetectable he should be informing his bareback scene partners of that fact. There is still some risk though it is very low, and being there is some risk the partners have a right to know so they can decide if that risk is one they are willing to take.