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HIV hits the porn industry again

A clinic in the US that treats most of the industry’s porn stars has revealed that one of its patients has tested positive for HIV.


A frantic search is now under way for any actors that have been linked to the person.

Current federal law requires that porn actors are tested for HIV up to 30 days before showing up for filming.  However, due to the case in 2004 when Darren James had tested negative shortly before appearing in a film and then shortly afterwards tested positive, people have been calling for tougher laws with regards to condom use.

Darren was among 14 performers who were infected with the potentially lethal virus in the 2004 outbreak.  He said, “I knew it was going to happen. And how many years has it been? They went right back to the same habits.”

Spearheading criticism of the industry is the Los Angeles-based Aids Healthcare Foundation, which advocates a tightening of the rules, notably through the introduction of tougher state laws on condom use. Michael Weinstein, the president of the foundation, says this will be the ninth HIV-positive actor to be treated by the AIM since 2004. The clinic and the industry will “do everything in its power to prevent us from knowing who was impacted”, he said.

Whether new laws and scares like this one will be sufficient to persuade studios to change the way they work is hard to know.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has estimated that workers in the adult film industry are 10 times more likely to contract some sexually transmitted disease than members of the general public.

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