Jun 12, 2009 - Porn Industry Hit With 16 Confirmed HIV Cases

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Jun 12, 2009 - pr0n Industry Hit With 16 Confirmed HIV Cases
 

 
LOS ANGELES Los Angeles County health officials say there have been 16 previously unpublicized confirmed cases of HIV in adult film industry performers since 2004 when an outbreak shut down pr0n production for a month.

The county Department of Public Health data was requested by The Los Angeles Times and announced Thursday.

The newly released data brings the number of known HIV cases in adult film performers to 22 since 2004, including a pr0n actress who tested positive late last week.

The San Fernando Valley-based Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation announced Wednesday that an actress tested positive for HIV last Saturday.

Adult film industry workers had described the new case as the first since 2004.

Adult filmmakers in the U.S. now require that actors prove they have tested negative for HIV and other s3xually transmitted diseases within 30 days of going to work on a film.

Still, the tests aren't foolproof, as was revealed this week when an actress who had passed an HIV test before making a film tested positive immediately afterward.

That positive result was reported by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. Known in the industry as AIM, the organization tests hundreds of actors each month in the San Fernando Valley, where the U.S. pr0n industry is headquartered. It grants those who pass certificates allowing them to work.

Although the woman's co-stars have tested negative, they have been quarantined from acting for the time being and advised to be retested in two weeks because medical experts say it takes almost that long for a person to show signs of infection.

That means the woman's case should be a wake-up call to the adult film industry that it isn't doing enough to protect its performers, said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

He said the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health requires that safe s3x be practiced on all adult movie sets.

"But we have persistent reports that that is not the case," he said, adding his department receives an average of 15 reports a week from the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation of actors testing positive for other s3xually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.

"That's obviously very disturbing," Fielding said. "I don't know of any other industry where people are subjected to that kind of risk."

He called for the use of condoms on all adult films as one means of providing necessary worker safety.

After an HIV outbreak in 2004 spread panic through the industry and briefly shut down production at several studios, many producers did indeed begin making condoms a requirement. But they said both actors and audiences quickly rebelled.

"What happened was the talent didn't want to use condoms," said Steven Hirsch, co-Chief Executive of Vivid Entertainment Group, one of the multibillion-dollar industry's largest filmmakers. "They came to us and said repeatedly, 'Could we have choice?' ... As a result, we decided to go condom optional. Plus we're very comfortable with what AIM is doing with the 30-day testing."

Late Thursday, county heath officials released data indicating that there were 16 previously unpublicized confirmed cases of HIV in adult film industry performers since 2004.

That brings the number of known HIV cases in adult performers to 22 since 2004, according to the data requested and reported by The Los Angeles Times.

AIM, founded by former pr0n star Sharon Mitchell, who left adult movies to earn a doctorate in human s3xuality, maintains a computer database that film producers can check to determine that actors have passed their tests. Devereaux said this has reduced the forging of test certificates, something she said was more common during the '90s, a time when tests were required only every 90 days.

The woman who tested positive hasn't been identified by AIM officials, but Fielding said he expected the foundation would turn her name over to county authorities soon and when it did they would counsel her and any of her s3xual contacts.

Mark Kernes, senior editor at the Adult Video News media network, said word in the industry is that she is an older woman who only acts occasionally in films targeted to young men's fantasies and thus is believed to have acquired the virus from a non-actor. He, like others, hopes it will spread no further.

Like other businesses, the pr0n industry has been affected by the recession and the increasing availability of its product for free on the Internet. But it is still an enterprise that Kernes estimates generated $8 billion in revenue last year.

With so much at stake, Hirsch said it makes sense that the industry would do everything it could to police itself.

"People in our industry have s3x for a living so they are hypersensitive when it comes to disease," he said. "If they're unable to work they are not making any money."

He considered it significant that there has been only one confirmed case of HIV in the industry in the past five years, a period during which he estimated the business churned out as many as 100,000 films.

"Look," he said, "I wish it would be zero. But it was only one and it was dealt with immediately. I believe it just proves the system works."
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198 comments for "Jun 12, 2009 - Porn Industry Hit With 16 Confirmed HIV Cases"

 8 years ago '06        #2
Mintz 12 heat pts12
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damn...i wonder if theyll release names
 8 years ago '06        #3
daffysm 
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i wanna know who has it
 8 years ago '05        #4
HUDA2daF 2 heat pts
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dont know what to say about this one
strungout gave props
 
 8 years ago '04        #5
notoriousthugzz 41 heat pts41
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 daffysm said:
i wanna know who has it
cosign
 8 years ago '04        #6
King Kusanagi 36 heat pts36
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they need to show results before they f**k anyone on cam. they do need to release names which they're not due to privacy.
 8 years ago '07        #7
[MK] 
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Please dont be Shyla Stylez or Rachel Starr
 8 years ago '06        #8
Storchaveli 94 heat pts94
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They get tested, then in 30 days they go to work. Problem is within those 30 days there's no telling what they do or who they have s3x with. That's a huge flaw in that system. HIV is no joke.
 06-12-2009, 01:46 PM         #9
UdownwitK 
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they might as well keep f**king each other then. the ones that have it, i mean.
 8 years ago '05        #10
Y.G. 27 heat pts27
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 slimgangsta18 said:
they need to show results before they f**k anyone on cam. they do need to release names which they're not due to privacy.
They released names before... and they better this time.


Last edited by Y.G.; 06-12-2009 at 02:18 PM..
 06-12-2009, 02:14 PM         #11
Mcmasterlock 
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Just don't give pinky the s**t
 8 years ago '04        #12
Venom 29 heat pts29
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 Mcmasterlock said:
Just don't give pinky the s**t
dont you mean thumb?
 06-12-2009, 02:21 PM         #13
HeavenlySword 
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if they wanna keep it private thats cool.......but....

yo, f**k that n*gga that said gianna had it, burn in hell f*g**t....
 8 years ago '05        #14
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 Venom said:
dont you mean thumb?
 8 years ago '04        #15
bnw99 16 heat pts16
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 mcmasterlock said:
just don't give pinky the s**t
cosign
 8 years ago '07        #16
Jeet Kune Do 12 heat pts12
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 Ldogg310 said:
probably is a lot more they just swept it under the rug..... tryin to do damage control.

I bet Gianna Micheals is one of them tho she been EVERYWHERE

I still think he s3xy tho something about him make me wanna just pin him to a wall and pound it.
 8 years ago '08        #17
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 Venom said:
dont you mean thumb?
LOL I almost missed that joke.
 8 years ago '07        #18
Jayceon 492 heat pts492
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 Mtaylo24 said:
with all the butt s3x, creampies, downlows, and gangbangs without condoms i can honestly say that i am in no way shocked by the article
word. live by the poonanie. die by the poonanie.

















 8 years ago '05        #19
dj cdm 
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How soon will the names be release
 8 years ago '06        #20
servesurite 42 heat pts42
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lmfao @ butt secs
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