Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login

Site Notices
Posted: 6/16/2009 8:25:59 PM EST

Porn Industry Worries About HIV Case
Officials Worry About Reckless Porn Sets

LOS ANGELES –– California health officials are looking into the latest HIV case reported in California's multibillion-dollar porn industry, fearing that reckless practices on film sets might be raising the risk of new infections. It was revealed this week that a woman tested positive for HIV immediately after making an adult film. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health was attempting to identify the filmmaker, at which point a formal investigation would begin.

"Our concern is that we need to quickly get to the employer so that we can work with them to change their practices to ensure the proper safety measures are being taken to prevent the additional spread of HIV," agency spokesman Dean Fryer said.

The actress' positive result was reported by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, which declined to reveal her name.

Known in the industry as AIM, the organization tests hundreds of actors each month in the San Fernando Valley, where the U.S. porn industry is headquartered. It grants those who pass certificates allowing them to work.

Los Angeles County health officials say there have been 22 confirmed HIV cases in industry performers since 2004.

Although the co-stars of the woman involved in the latest case 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.

"All required reporting has been complied with," the foundation said in a statement Thursday on its Web site. "This is not a major event."

Fryer said the foundation has not cooperated with state investigators in previous cases, citing privacy laws. Foundation officials did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Friday.

Government health officials say they are dubious about safe-sex practices on adult film sets, despite assurances from the industry. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health, said there are "persistent reports" about risky behavior.

Regulations require filmmakers to provide protection against the transmission of disease, such as condoms or using film techniques that involve simulations.

"There is no reason these infections should be occurring if these employers are following these precautions," Fryer said.

After an HIV outbreak in 2004 spread panic through the industry and briefly shut down production at several studios, many producers began 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 industry's largest filmmakers. "As a result, we decided to go condom optional."


Did not know they made that much.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:29:34 PM EST
I personally won't watch a porn scene if a condom is used. Just doesn't do it for me.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:31:11 PM EST
This thread got alot of views really fast.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:34:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By Clackamas:
I personally won't watch a porn scene if a condom is used. Just doesn't do it for me.




I Agree.. i just cant jerk off seeing some rubber going in and out of a lady(or animal)
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:35:00 PM EST
The thing that makes me skeptical of this is that they are supposed to test before a movie not after. I believe they said that is the law. Saw that on Seymour Butts "Family Business" when it was on Showtime. Kinda miss that show. It showed some of the inner workings of the porn industry.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:36:55 PM EST
Condoms are for squares.

















You'll get it eventually.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:41:00 PM EST

Originally Posted By Joe7:
Originally Posted By Clackamas:
I personally won't watch a porn scene if a condom is used. Just doesn't do it for me.




I Agree.. i just cant jerk off seeing some rubber going in and out of a lady(or animal)


Either you're joking, or you are one of the few who are truly sick in the head and attempted to pass this off as a joke...

Either way...



Back to the topic... I have to agree... watching porn with condoms is a turnoff, even though I use protection myself.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:41:10 PM EST
what they don't mention is how many of these hiv+ tests were males in gay porn versus people outside gay porn.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:43:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By river_rat:
The thing that makes me skeptical of this is that they are supposed to test before a movie not after. I believe they said that is the law. Saw that on Seymour Butts "Family Business" when it was on Showtime. Kinda miss that show. It showed some of the inner workings of the porn industry.


They do test, but like a lot of medical tests 100% detection isn't always possible and it is possible to have HIV and not show it "yet." And it really only takes one to put a lot of folks at risk. That said, given the nature and frequency of the sexual activity in the adult industry, the number of outbreaks is amazingly small.
Top Top