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In a new interview, gay porn star Tom Faulk opens up with our friends over at Str8UpGayPorn and there are three parts that are pretty bonkers.
Like Rachel Maddow, the tea was so piping hot that Str8UpGayPorn stretched it out over two days and two parts. Warning: the links below are all pretty NSFW.
1. Family Ties
Your uncle was cool with you shooting at his house?
Yeah. It’s in the north Austin area, at the place I love the most. My uncle and people there are such cool hippies. They love me, and I was so glad to help them out a little with the property rental.
And, you mentioned that your dad took some of the drone shots on the film. Did you have other friends and family working on the production?
My dad was the drone pilot, my aunt and uncle rented the property, and of course my mother came by and took some pics of us the day we were all there riding together. I always like to brag that anyone in the LGBT community deserves to have family treat them like mine treats me, especially my father. He’s now retired, and is an awesome dude. I try to soak up as much knowledge I can from him whenever I see him, because I know there will be a day when I’m faced with the feeling that I don’t know him enough.
It’s so great that your family got to meet and hang with so much of the cast and crew.
They had a grand time with everyone, and they thought Gabriel [Alanzo] was the star of the week. He was always singing to them. We shot for 10 days, and the movie actually turned out differently than we expected.
We love that his family is so accepting of his career and that they were on set, but you have to admit it’s hard to wrap your mind around. To have Mom in the living room as you’re getting plowed on camera in the kitchen is new territory for us. But hey, we’re all for it!
2. PrEP on Set
Faulk alleges that Lucas made models take doses of PrEP right before a shoot without actually being prescribed the drug themselves.
Other models have talked about Lucas telling models to take PrEP on their own, but were there actually PrEP pills being handed out on the set?
Yeah, Michael gave us each four days of PrEP while we were there.
Michael Lucas was distributing PrEP — a prescription drug — to people working for him?
He himself gave it to us. To my scene partner, the night before. In my case, the morning of. I’m not sure that’s how PrEP works.
That’s definitely not how it works. You said “four days,” so did Michael Lucas give you four pills to take at once, that morning?
Yeah, four doses. I was lucky I suppose, as I’m not positive now.
Did Michael Lucas say whose prescription he was distributing?
I don’t know where they came from, but I heard he was getting them filled by [Lucas Entertainment crew members].
Lucas is obviously engaging in illegal behavior if he is giving out a drug, even Truvada, to his performers. And like Faulk said, that’s not how PrEP works.
PrEP needs to be taken daily, and individuals taking PrEP need to be monitored, checking in with their doctor and having their blood tested every three to six months.
Luckily, studies have shown that Lucas’ prescribed regimen to his porn actors may not be that adverse.
“Disco dosing” is when HIV-negative men ingest an anti-retroviral drug before having bareback sex in an attempt to lower the risk of HIV infection.
In December 2015, the IPERGAY study was published looking at an alternative strategy of “on-demand” PrEP where Truvada was taken 2 to 24 hours before sexual activity and only continued for two days afterwards. In a population of 400 gay men in France and Canada at high risk for HIV, this strategy led to an 86% drop in HIV infections over the average nine-month follow-up of the study.
Since then, non-continuous PrEP methods have not been endorsed by the World Health Organization or national guidelines.
Regardless of these studies, there is something still not right with Lucas’ alleged practices here.
3. Inject what now where?
In our last interview highlight, Faulk alleges that Lucas coerced him into using Trimix, an injectable prescribed drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.
The injection must be compounded by a pharmacy and administered via intracavernosal injection (an injection at either side, not the base, of the penis). It’s a strictly prescribed medicine, due to varying dosage amounts. Thus, purchasing and selling Trimix without a prescription is illegal.
So, you guys took the PrEP, and then you did the bareback shoot?
Yeah, and Michael also — I want to say “made,” but I don’t want to get sued, so — coerced us both into shooting Trimix.
He gave out another prescription drug on set? Did you inject it into your penis?
We didn’t shoot it, Michael shot it into us.
Michael Lucas injected you with the syringe.
I told him over and over again how I don’t do it, and I don’t need it, and it was my scene partner’s first time even seeing it, but Michael shot us both anyways, with the same attitude and this “Do you want to work or not?” look on his face. And what do you do when you’re 10 states away, locked up, trying to get through your job? I hated it.