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AIDS activists praise porn star's comments on industry

October 15, 2010 |  6:25 pm

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Los Angeles AIDS activists released a statement late Friday praising adult film star Jenna Jameson’s response to news that a fellow adult performer tested positive for HIV at a San Fernando Valley clinic that caters to the industry.

In an interview with Radaronline.com, Jameson called the industry a "ticking time bomb," and noted her production company gave female performers the option of using condoms.

"I always told them that it was better to practice safe sex," Jameson told the entertainment news site. "Is one movie worth your life?"

After Jameson’s comments were posted, the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation released a statement lauding her.

"Jenna Jameson can speak truth to power regarding the lack of safer sex practices in the adult film industry," said Michael Weinstein, the group’s president. "We applaud her for speaking out so forcefully about this latest HIV infection and the industry’s ongoing and blatant disregard for worker safety for adult film performers."

Weinstein renewed the group's call for the industry and state to enforce safe-sex practices, including condom use by performers.

"It’s high time the adult film community follows California law regarding workplace safety," he wrote. "If this were any other industry and a potentially life-threatening infection was being transmitted and remained uncontained, you can be sure regulatory agencies would have stepped in by now, not leaving it up to the businesses themselves to decide if it is safe for their employees to work or not."

On Friday morning, members of the group had appeared before the Los Angeles City Council to demand that it stop issuing permits for porn productions given the positive test Oct. 9 at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation clinic in Sherman Oaks known as AIM. Council members said they do not plan to take any immediate action.

Karen Tynan, an attorney for the AIM clinic, said late Friday that clinic officials had not received final test results for Patient Zero, which she said were required to be completed before a report to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She said the clinic has until Saturday to meet the seven-day deadline for reporting new HIV cases to local health officials.

Los Angeles County public health officials did not return calls or e-mails.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Porn star and author Jenna Jameson signs copies of her book "Make Love Like A Porn Star" in 2004 at Book Soup in West Los Angeles. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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