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Porn actor has tested positive for HIV; industry clinic officials confirm a quarantine is in effect [Updated]

An adult-film performer has tested positive for HIV at a Sherman Oaks clinic frequented by those in the porn industry, according to clinic staff.

"We do have a confirmed adult-industry performer who tested positive for HIV. We are quarantining and testing all exposed partners to the individual who tested positive for HIV," said Jennifer Miller, HIV/STD counselor at the AIM clinic in Sherman Oaks, where the person was tested.

Miller would not say the gender of the person, what companies he or she worked for, when the person was tested or whether AIM had notified state and county health officials.

"We’re doing what we can to notify the individuals involved," Miller said.

[Updated at 2:30 p.m.: The positive HIV test is the first reported since last year when an adult-film actress, who industry officials said had worked rarely, was infected with the virus. No one else in the industry was infected as a result.

It was unclear immediately how far reaching the implications were in the most recent case.

An outbreak among performers in 2004 occurred when an HIV-positive male porn star, Darren James, infected three female performers with whom he'd filmed sex scenes. James, who had recently worked outside the U.S., was not aware of his positive status at the time he performed.

Dozens of performers who had contact with James and the three women needed additional testing, shutting down production for a month in the spring of 2004.

The case announced Tuesday may fuel the continuing controversy over whether the industry does enough to protect performers.

Much of the testing for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV is done at the AIM clinic.

Clinic officials, together with porn industry leaders, have long promoted regular testing of porn performers for sexually transmitted diseases an an effective way to prevent the spread of disease.
 
But Los Angeles County public health officials and state occupational health officials say the widespread lack of condom use on porn sets puts performers at risk for contracting HIV and other diseases.

State officials are considering strengthening rules requiring condom use in adult movies filmed in California. The next meeting on the issue is scheduled for Oct. 25 in Oakland.

Although state officials maintain condoms already are required under workplace rules concerning the transmission of bodily fluids, they are rarely used in straight porn films because producers say they depress sales.]

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Rong-Gong Lin II

Darrenjames Read more: Former porn star Darren James speaks out about latest HIV case

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How do you know this person was infected while "on the job"? You can get HIV from having unprotected sex no matter what. Whether you're straight or gay, HIV is not prejudice and anyone can get infected. A person being a porn star does not mean they "deserve" it or you can say "that's why they got it". That has nothing to do with it. Common sense is not that common nowadays.

Interesting study of judgments in the commentary. Wonder how many of the ones passing even cute little jokes, watch or view porn.

all i can say is yes people in the porn industry contract hiv/aids too they are no different from those people who aren't in the porn industry.
using protection is the only way to prevent ANY STD's!!

Who cares? They're porn actors. I'm concerned about non-porn industry people they've infected who are out there maybe infecting other non-porn industry humans. I'm not a religious person, and I view porn as a degrading practice aimed at using women (predominantly) for the pleasure of male losers who can't get any, but maybe this is Karmic.

Why doesn't Jennifer Miller (HIV/STD counselor at the AIM clinic in Sherman Oaks) or the clinic itself release the name of the actor/actress that has HIV? That is hugely irresponsible. People should be warned so they can avoid having sex with that person. Doesn't make sense.

they won't say what the gender of the "ACTOR" is, so i guess it's a woman?

The person that is infected more than likley did not get infected while they were working, the story doesn't day where they got infected. It's usually from unprotected sex outside of the industry. Most of the mainstream productions companies have their actors wearing condoms during filming. It is possible this person was infected while working but not likely.

and who says he got hiv while filming? how does anyone know?

They keep doing high risk sex acts without condoms then it's no surprise they keep getting infected with HIV and other STDs? Somehow I don't believe that an anal cream pie or 2 guys at once anally is your run of the mill straight sex? Those kinds of sex acts are the perfect way to spread HIV since that area of the body is not designed for that so you get small tears and blood to semen contact which is perfect for the transfer of HIV! I personally don't see porn as having any kind of redemptive value in our society, however if it's outlawed then it will just go underground and become another venue for organized crime of which we have too much of already! It would be something if someday there was no demand for this type of deviancy? One can always hope!

Anyone have any idea of how many sexual contacts are made in the porn industry every day???? I don't, but it must be in the hundreds if not thousands. and we have only four or five positive cases sighted? You should be so luck out on the street or your local bar.

Perhaps the bigger story here is that a single case of HIV in the porn industry is news worthy, or that 4 cases in 2004 was considered an outbreak.

No matter how you feel about pornography, this is a testament to the industry's ability to keep disease under control.

I'm not sure why everyone is so upset. The percentage of Porn actors and actresses with HIV is far less than in the general population, and considering the amount of content produced the risk is low for contracting H.I.V. Most of the liberals posting on this board are so concerned about their lives and overpopulation, that a few people who will now be added to the ranks of Magic Johnson are so freaky to them. It's sad and tragic for the actors, but yes it's a risk. It's most likely associated with the actor appearing in both bisexual and gay porn as well as straight porn.

Come on now - I don't believe that wearing condoms will "depress sales" - kill sales or kill the actors - that is the question!

So you have one case out of how many? What we need is a better method of testing for aids and other std's so that these people can do on-the-spot testing themselves.

So often you see cases where the people didn't know.

There was a recent article done regarding an air force swinger who knowingly had sexual relations with multiple people.

It's rare, it's nothing to get upset over. These people know the risk they take when they aren't practicing safe sex.

Im curious if the latimes did stories about the gay bath houses that were popping up all over areas of california when all the std's were flying through them.

Perhaps you did.

How is testing any benefit to these people? It is an afterthought. It is like solving a murder, there are already victims. I love to hear how the porn industry touts we test all actors, this does not stop someone from being infected, there are weeks that transpire until another test. And not to mention condoms are not 100% effective, they are actually really fallible. And then this still does not prevent STD's, other parts of the body touch during sex. I could never understand how anyone would take part in such suicidal behavior and care about whether they become infected. I had a so-called friend once who suggested I take part in a porno, he said he knew someone who made these movies. I treated him after that like a drug dealer, I told him to stay away from me. ALL these people in this industry are mentally ill, and those that take part need serious mental help. No one in their right mind would enter in such a destructive and degrading industry. And for anyone that thinks this is OK, look at the suicide, drug abuse, and absolute hell these people live in. NONE of these people are happy, and if they say they are they are liars.

Nowadays people are so into themselves its pathetic.Nobody is perfect.Look around you. If you think you are, your really pathetic.My hart still goes out for these people.

It is astounding to me that we haven't already filmed enough porn and can be done with it. Seriously, there is so much already in existence that it seems to me that no more needs to be made.

This may occur because they often change partners and rarely use condoms :)

I'm a director in the adult industry, and I agree there needs to be change. I would support a mandatory condom rule, though I also agree that if such a rule is enforced many (most?) producers will travel outside of state to shoot "non-condom." (There's a reason it's called "the money shot.")

But in reading this thread I see a lot of misconceptions about the adult industry. First of all, none of the details about this case have been officially disclosed, so there's still a lot of speculation. What I've heard from some "reliable sources" is that the person who tested positive has not been in the industry for very long (only a matter of weeks.) However I can't confirm this.

Secondly, performers do NOT make "5-10k per shoot plus extras" Not even close. They SHOULD earn that, because ours is a high risk profession not just health-wise but also psychologically, due to the stigma imposed on us by mainstream society.

Adult performers provide a service that quite obviously millions of people need, yet many of the people who own and use pornography routinely make derogatory, cruel, mocking remarks about porn and its performers. That's called hypocrisy.

Please know that the industry is very concerned and freaked out right now, and we all take this very, very seriously. HIV is NOT something we're accustomed to dealing with, and many adult performers (including myself) have never had any kind of STD.

Of course things can be made better, and safer in our industry, and hopefully will be. But I'd like to applaud AIM for detecting the virus early and immediately springing into action. I do wish civilians in mainstream society were as vigilant about testing and disclosing their health status to potential partners. Maybe then we could really start to get this and other STDs under control.

Thank the Gods I'm married. The dating scene, STD's accompanied with it are far too frightening and the STD's have metastisized into untreatable and sometimes 'death sentences' in this day and age.

I recall reading an article 2 1/2 years ago stating ~50% of teen black women have an STD, ~30% of Hispanic/Latino teen women have an STD and folled closely with ~25% of teen white women possessing an STD.

To the 'Progressive' commenter - you can ask for as many Big Brother/regulation in the industry as you please (how does a 'Progressive' and many Liberal leaning folks believe freedom lies in more Government 'reform'/interference in our daily lives?), this won't stop the 'performers' and everyday people from making poor choices.

Whether it be improving diet, intellect, sexual practices - many people will constantly fall far short of their and society's needs.

Don't fret, though. These same people will always BLAME others for their setbacks and failures. Empathy sells..

Thats very scary, owever, at least its now confirmed.

The shock here is the shock of reality - that actions have consequences and responsibilities - in an industry that peddles fantasy.

Um, why aren't police arresting these people for being involved in prostitution? Surely the producer could be charged with paying people to have sex. And the "actors" are being paid to have sex. Isn't that the basic definition of prositution?

And companies that cater to gay porn, such as Corbin Fisher have begun doing more condom-free porn.

There is nothing exciting about seeing someone risk their life.

GillenH2O - It is doubtful workers' comp would be possible, the "actors" aren't unionized to say the least and are often ill treated.

I agree with DR also - It isn't like people didn't hear abut rubbers since at least the 1980s. Why wouldn't they take every precaution?

 
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