October 14th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Positive HIV test prompts call for halt to porn shooting

An HIV/AIDS organization is calling for the suspension of all pornography production in Southern California after an adult film actor tested positive for the virus.

All filming should stop, said president Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “We’re quite concerned, because while a number of companies have expressed they are going to shut down production, there are many more that has indicated they will not shut down production.”

A health clinic based in Sherman Oaks, California, reported the positive test result last week.

“At this time, it is impossible to know if the patient acquired the HIV virus from private conduct or on-camera activity,” according to a press release from the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. “The industry is behaving responsibly and cautiously, as it always has, by placing a moratorium on filming any person one or two generations removed from sexual contact with the current patient.”

The gender of the patient could not be revealed because of patient confidentiality rules, said Jeffrey J. Douglas, one of the lawyers for AIM Healthcare.

“There is no information at this moment when the infection was acquired,” he said. “For the same reasons, nor is there any indication that there has been a transmission.”

AIM is a community health service provider in which most of their patients work in the adult film industry.

Production companies and sexual partners of the patient have been notified, Douglas said.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the story earlier this week.

Wicked Pictures was one of the adult film company that stopped production following the test result.

“We had two productions that were scheduled to shoot very soon, so we put them on hold for now. How long they are postponed will be determined by the info that is released from AIM. And while Wicked Pictures only shoots with condoms, we still don't want to put any actor or actress in a position to work with someone that may prove to be on the quarantine list. With that said, we feel it is best to wait for AIM to finish their testing before resuming production."

Vivid Entertainment also halted production.

"When Vivid was first made aware that a performer had tested positive for HIV we immediately suspended production. We did this as a precaution and will continue to monitor the situation. AIM Healthcare acted appropriately to quarantine all adult talent who may have been exposed. We will wait for all of the facts to emerge before we resume production,” the company stated.

The latest revelation has renewed criticism about unsafe sex practices in the porn industry.

“It is also living proof that testing is not adequate protection against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases among porn performers. How many more people have to be infected with HIV before Los Angeles County steps in to do its job and protect performers’ and the public’s health,” said Weinstein in a statement.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has called for adult film actors to use condoms. Its stance is also supported by the American Medical Association. AIDS Healthcare Foundation has called for change in California law to mandate condom use in adult films and to require more safety training and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

“Now is not the time to continue the porn industry’s seriously flawed system of self-regulation—a system which has been demonstrated time and time again to be inadequate to protect performers from sexually-transmitted diseases," Weinstein said.

Douglas said many production companies already have stringent STD prevention programs in place, by testing their actors as much as every 28 days. Although the production varies region to region, no one is filmed without a clean bill of health, he said.

“The industry has done astonishingly good job of self-regulation,” Douglas said. “Again the groups, private or government, that are so vociferous in attacks are irresponsible in attacks and have this rather pronounced personal interest.”

In 2004, four actors tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, also shutting down production in California.

soundoff (751 Responses)
  1. shocked

    really? What did they expect would happen...YOU'RE IN THE PORN INDUSTRY!!! Geez...

    October 14, 2010 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Craig

      Riiiiiight. Because only people who do pr0n get aids, and only people who do pr0n are promiscuous. No one else does that. It's exclusively an Adult Entertainment problem. Idiot.

      October 14, 2010 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Riiiiiight. Because only people who do pr0n get aids, and only people who do pr0n are promiscuous. No one else does that. It's exclusively an Adult Entertainment problem. And obviously, just because a person does pr0n it means that they are always unprotected and never get tested. No one else acts like that. Idiot.

      October 14, 2010 at 13:50 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You're an idiot "shocked". Performers in the adult industry get tested frequently prior to getting a green light to work on a film. They get tested every 2 weeks and always are required a clean bill of health before they can even take their clothes off.

      They're CLEANER than YOU are.

      October 14, 2010 at 14:03 | Report abuse |
    • Brenda123

      You have to blame the actors too. They choose whether or not to wear condoms. I don't wear one, you run a serious risk. End of story.

      October 14, 2010 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
    • Brenda123

      Excuse you Bourne? Where did you get that from? And... No thanks.

      October 14, 2010 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
    • Brenda123

      Oops... I guess you have nothing better to do than run spelling errors. It should be obvious, to anyone that is not a fool, that it is "if".

      October 14, 2010 at 15:16 | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      Not commenting on story, but all the incredibly rude and nasty people who post and respond. Is it really necessary to call someone an idiot or worse to make your point? Are you soooooo stunted and limited mentally that you can't make a point without sounding like an immature tween? "shocked" had an opinion; you all have opinions and should be able to voice them without being insulted...sadly many of you also have nothing better to do than work at being jerks.

      October 14, 2010 at 16:03 | Report abuse |
    • Skip

      I agree with Craigs sarcasm, and Daves statement. There is a lot of truth to what Dave said. They get tested quite frequently.It just so happens that every once and awhile accidents, in this case career ending accidents, do in fact happen. Do you test the person you meet at the bar, bookstore, or even CHURCH? How many times have you yourself been tested? Just something to think about while you're throwing your stones...

      October 14, 2010 at 17:15 | Report abuse |
    • marq


      October 14, 2010 at 18:19 | Report abuse |
    • Yup

      Porn is low life acting at best with sorry people who make money filming strangers screwing to DEATH..

      Get it!

      October 14, 2010 at 20:39 | Report abuse |
    • stoirin

      "adult industry" "sex workers" - I'm sick of this trying to make all of this appear like it's the same as being an admistrative assistant or a IT engineer. I can't stand the hypocrisy of people being upset about child abuse...and then these same people are watching girls who are clearly kids being RAPED on camera. Fathers and "responsible" men getting off watching things done to girls who are probably on drugs or were lured off the streets. And save your breath - that's where most of them come from. Prostitution isn't the world's oldest "profession" - it's the world's oldest REPRESSION. Why don't you guys have someone pound a baseball bat up your backside with a camera on you and a banana in your mouth at the same time - and tell me how much sexual pleasure it makes you feel. Tell me that you really enjoy it and do it for fun - with strangers. And if you do - tell me you don't have a desperately unhealthy need for any kind of attention...and will do anything for it. Treating people like animals or things isn't good for the person it's done to - or the person doing it.

      October 14, 2010 at 20:59 | Report abuse |
    • Stop supporting this industry

      Storion, you are right. If people would stop watching these films, this would never happen. I believe most of the actresses are victims. They don't use condoms, because there is high demand for films without them. They don't feel capable of supporting themselves financially in some other way and are being taken advantage of, as the fact that some production companies are continuing to film proves.

      I saw a documentary once where the adult-film actress said, look at my high-rise apartment and car and everything I can buy for my daughter! Well, it's all superficial! None of it matters, and deep down I hate what I do and wouldn't recommend it.

      Yet, she felt compelled to continue. It is really heart-breaking.

      October 15, 2010 at 03:38 | Report abuse |
    • VozdeJustica

      Compared to the percent of cops killed or seriously injured in the line of duty each year the porn industry is a swim in a climate control indoor pool. Six years without a Infection outbreak is a pretty good track record. But if that comparison is not strong enough compare what happens there to the risk professional boxers and MMA fighters take from their opponents blood every time they get in the ring. They use the same testing methods and they face the same risks.

      November 10, 2010 at 07:03 | Report abuse |
  2. JJ

    The whole world has gone crazy. So many people don't care about anything or anybody anymore. This should never have happened. Hope s/he will be okay.

    October 14, 2010 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • driranek

      The person will not be "OK". They have AIDS. No matter how many tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars they manage to throw at treatment they will eventually die.

      October 14, 2010 at 14:42 | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Two words: Magic Johnson.

      October 14, 2010 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      That's the price of stardom in Chatsworth. Too bad they don't make the really big bucks.

      October 14, 2010 at 15:43 | Report abuse |
    • HIV/AIDS Advocate

      I work with an AIDS service organization and I can tell you HIV is not a death sentence. You can live a long life after contracting the disease. It is a chronic disease that can be treated. So guess what they can "throw" money and live to be 80 or 90 or whatever age. Plus they were tested positive for HIV not AIDS. HIV and AIDS are not the same thing.

      October 14, 2010 at 16:06 | Report abuse |
    • korgri

      to Anon: maybe a 'not so magic' johnson in this case....

      October 14, 2010 at 16:41 | Report abuse |
    • CBGB

      It's a SLEAZY business, with or without HIV. They are not "stars", they shouldn't call themselves actors either, they're just a bunch of scumbags.

      October 14, 2010 at 19:03 | Report abuse |
    • Ben Jacoby

      @driranek: To be fair, as the saying goes, "on a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero". You and I are no less likely to die than this person. This is true no matter how many tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars you throw away on treating the diseases of hunger, thirst, or exposure to the elements. Not that I'm saying HIV is desirable in any way, just pointing out that your definition of "okay" seems to be a little short-sighted.

      October 19, 2010 at 04:55 | Report abuse |
  3. What

    Don't think that is what he is saying but rather you increase your risk buy that profession. So who is the idiot now?

    October 14, 2010 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Anon

    "The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has called for adult film actors to use condoms. Its stance is also supported by the American Medical Association. AIDS Healthcare Foundation has called for change in California law to mandate condom use in adult films and to require more safety training and testing for sexually transmitted diseases"

    Lol.. So they're pushing to make porn uninteresting. Good way to kill the fantasy.

    October 14, 2010 at 13:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Don

      Maybe if men were raised on porn/fantasies with condoms, they wouldn't be imbeciles and try to avoid using them at all costs in real life.

      October 14, 2010 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      I don't know Don, making that reality palatable is a pretty tall order. People tune in to run away from things like that.

      October 14, 2010 at 15:51 | Report abuse |
    • korgri

      Fantasy? Noooooo!!!!!!!!

      October 14, 2010 at 16:40 | Report abuse |
    • Tiger

      The problem "Don" is that even with condoms, the actors take them off for the money shot, spraying the girl's face, eyes and mouth. There goes your STD protection.

      October 14, 2010 at 17:56 | Report abuse |
    • PhoenixD

      Also remember, there are production companies that only use condoms in their feature films and directors that refuse to work with actors who won't use condoms.

      October 14, 2010 at 20:25 | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Jurkuff

      A porno with condoms is not even worth watching

      October 14, 2010 at 22:25 | Report abuse |
  5. Fred

    I'm afraid you're the idiot, Craig. No one claimed that only porn actors get AIDS, but even you have to admit that figuring out working in that industry would put you at higher than normal risk for AIDS is a no-brainer.

    October 14, 2010 at 13:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ron jeremy

      Sorry, Fred, but you're the idiot. First, you don't understand the difference between HIV and AIDS. That is just plain scary dumb.

      Second, you indicate that people are more at-risk in p0rn than the general society at large. I'd love to see some factual citation to back that claim up. Let's see, the p0rn industry self-regulates with monthly testing, much of it requires condoms, and shuts down activity the minute it hears of an infection. How many colleges, local bars/nightclubs, and unfaithful spouses/partners do any of that?

      October 14, 2010 at 15:03 | Report abuse |
    • Oh Ron...

      Are you going to claim that HIV doesn't lead to AIDS in most cases? Please! And, on a percentage basis, they are far more likely to contract either than other other "profession" barring prostitution. Also, it is well known that a huge percentage of those in the porn industry are also substance abusers contributing to a lapse in judgment and exposure to disease.

      October 14, 2010 at 15:20 | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Ron, Actually, I do know the difference between HIV and AIDS. I also know the difference between rhinovirus and a cold and influenza virus and the flu. One causes the other. I used AIDS as a shorthand. And I'm the idiot? Second, most people who go to college or nightclubs don't have sex for a living. Given that a) HIV antibodies take a while to show up and HIV is transmissable during that time and b) condoms are not 100% effective; therefore, the more you have sex even using one, the more risk you take and c) shutting down production after who knows how many people are infected is shutting the barn door after the horse escapes, I stand by my statement that porn actors are more at risk of HIV/AIDS than most of us and by my statement that Craig is the idiot.

      October 14, 2010 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
  6. GaPeach

    I agree that a porn actor takes their chances and we know it is not limited to the adult entertainment industry, but they take their chances and figure the $'s they make are worth it! IF they will have sex with someone without a condom, then they are Stupid!!!! No one deserves this but their common sense should kick in at sometime: let me see I am having sex with a porn actor who has had sex with other porn stars DUH

    October 14, 2010 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. GaPeach

    YOU have to take responsibility for our actions! I, too, hope this person will be OK and it will be a reminder to others. I would not wish this on anyone bu they people, smarten up! You are more at risk because you are in porn...Cover it!!

    October 14, 2010 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Cole

    4 positives in 2004.
    Estimates for new infections (US, all types of transmission – Subtract about 15% for needles) in 2004 was about 55,000.

    So, is 4 a lot? Not sure, given that we don't know how many active performers were around in 2004, but, given the number of partners that the performers have, it doesn't seem all that high. One thing I found curious was that 2004 data was brought up – Nothing more recent available?

    The call for more safety training/testing seems... Dumb. The "training" part is obvious. More testing seems redundant since there is a rather long incubation period. The use of condoms seems obvious. But, I'd guess that the lack is due to consumer demand (Could find out by seeing if anyone advertises "no condom", but... I'll pass).

    It's hard to come to a conclusion without seeing more data. But, at this point, it just seems like another job with a lot of risks (safe to say those involved know about the risks).

    October 14, 2010 at 14:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. NotSo

    "Adult film actor tests positive for HIV"

    um... it's not acting when you're doing the real thing. That's like calling UFC fighters "actors".

    October 14, 2010 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      You're not as witty as you think. The sex is punctuated with fake enthusiasm and although you are obviously too arrogant to figure it out, there is actually some degree of acting in adult films aside from the sex. So get over your sense of self-importance. It's only making you sound unintelligent.

      October 14, 2010 at 18:11 | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      "The real thing"? Even a virgin can tell that p0rn is fake. Well, studio p0rn, anyway. The amateur stuff can be at least approaching reality.

      October 17, 2010 at 20:42 | Report abuse |
  10. checi

    With all we know about HIV, people are still getting it. It just seems so irresponsible.

    October 14, 2010 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Ed

    Just one actor gets HIV?! This is not that big of a deal, if you consider how many of these films are even made.

    October 14, 2010 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. baba

    it's porn what doi you expect

    October 14, 2010 at 14:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Clueless

    What I find interesting is that porn stars are tested every two weeks... however, sometimes HIV antibodies may take up to 3- 6 months to actually appear on an HIV test and seroconvert to being HIV+. Seems pretty risky business regardless of when testing is done. Or they value the dollar more then their bodies and partner's bodies. Hard to have sex nowadays without their being a consequence to a poor assumption.

    October 14, 2010 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      They might implement rapid HIV tests, which can pick up newly infected cases quicker than the usual antibody tests (which take months).

      October 14, 2010 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
  14. fcprop

    Alden Brown did gay videos (Peter North). Hide your children if you live in Newport Coast.

    October 14, 2010 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • korgri

      It's a good thing you specified what Mr. Brown's stage name is. The funny part is is the taking for granted that so
      many of CNN's audience would know who 'Peter North' is.

      October 14, 2010 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
  15. Dr. Seuss

    So pair the person up with another "full package" actor and they won't have to worry. "Full package" is what they call HIV-AIDS infected prisoners in Trenton, NJ.
    Imagine the dialogue in the movie..........."Yeah, baby, shoot your AIDS all over me!" What a hoot!

    October 14, 2010 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frank

      That's not even funny. It would make the people involved even more sick. Get a clue, please.

      October 17, 2010 at 20:44 | Report abuse |
  16. usafbiker

    I guess you could say the Porn Industry was dealt a "blow".

    October 14, 2010 at 15:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. AJ

    I heard both sides from you all and its the responbilities of those porn stars to maintain their risks- not ours to judge them or their jobs to survive on.

    October 14, 2010 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. PHX Guy

    Only allow HIV positive people to act in movies that are shot with no protection!
    No chance of infecting uninfected people. No need for regular testing... ure already infected forever.

    October 14, 2010 at 15:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anon

      Multiple strains for the loss... Lets have them all compete in the body and see which one gets stronger!

      October 14, 2010 at 15:29 | Report abuse |
  19. Common Sense

    Not everyone can get HIV...It's all about blood type and inherited immunity

    October 14, 2010 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • health educator

      @Common sense....."Not everyone can get HIV"...I hope you're joking?!!

      October 14, 2010 at 15:54 | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      ...Some plague survivors have genetic immunity to HIV.
      Every person has some level of resistance to it depending on inherited genes.

      Apes have had SIV for a Millennia, you think they haven't selected against it?

      October 14, 2010 at 16:24 | Report abuse |
    • Monica Gee

      Blood type ... um no. But genetics actually yes. There is a very very small percentage of the population that have something called a homozygous delta 32 deletion on their CD4 cells that make it very difficult for them to become infected. Unfortunately, this test is not available to the public. It is pretty much left to research labs, probably due to the cost. So, you have to assume that you have a risk for HIV. Blood type does not affect HIV acquisition.

      October 14, 2010 at 16:27 | Report abuse |
    • stoirin

      Oh, good. we should all feel SO much better!!! (?!)

      October 14, 2010 at 20:54 | Report abuse |
    • Stop supporting this industry

      1% of people with European heritage might be immune due to a rare mutation. That is not very many people. The vast vast majority of people can catch it, so what is your point? And blood type has nothing to do with it.

      October 15, 2010 at 03:44 | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Actually the mutation is found in people with A- blood sub-type 2.

      October 15, 2010 at 06:57 | Report abuse |
  20. sean houghton

    Did you know that many of the actors have pimps, have drug and alcohol problems and are hookers on the side? Its a fact.

    October 14, 2010 at 15:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • korgri

      Is it all cash or are they now taking Mastercard/Visa/Paypal?

      October 14, 2010 at 16:32 | Report abuse |
    • haha

      Did you know most people with the name Sean have the intellect of a 12 year old? Its a fact.

      October 14, 2010 at 18:20 | Report abuse |
  21. Chris

    HIV is not equal to AIDS... People who are HIV positive can go on living normal life for years (sometimes 30-40 years) before they get AIDS... HIV doesnt kill... AIDS does...

    October 14, 2010 at 16:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stop supporting this industry

      There are also strains that are resistant to medications, and some people don't have access to medication or succumb to AIDS much sooner. I don't think your incorrect facts are helpful. This is still a very serious disease, and people die from AIDs in developed countries like the U.S. and Canada often.

      October 15, 2010 at 03:47 | Report abuse |
  22. Kade Madison

    First, someone commented that the adult actors choose whether or not to wear condoms, this is simply not the case. Someone else suggested that the person now has AIDS. Again, wrong info. You can contract AIDS by being hiv+ positive. HIV is what AIDS can develop from. The one thing that angers me is the groups that campaign for the adult industry to halt production. Since when do they decide what an adult decides to do ? If I am hiv positive and and myself and another adult choose to have condomless sex then that is for us to decide. Whether in my private life or camera for a company, it's my choice.

    October 14, 2010 at 16:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • korgri

      Maybe as a follow up to this story CNN could offer one of those slide show presentations on
      the variety of methods on how to properly apply a condom prior to use.
      Someone over at ad tracker notes: gee, there sure are a lot of clicks on
      this story...

      October 14, 2010 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      You're not entirely correct. I've read in several publications that some actors actually DO decide whether condoms will be used, either by themselves or by the performers with whom they have sex. I also understand it's a matter of policy with some some, but not all adult film companies.

      October 14, 2010 at 18:15 | Report abuse |
    • Tiger

      Well, when you do contract AIDS (from HIV) and you can no longer afford the medicines to treat you, nor can you cover your medical expenses in general, then yes Agencies and Government get to say something. I am sure most U.S. citizens are not too excited to pay your future medical expenses so you could go "natural" with whatever hundreds of pornstars you want to have sex with in a year.

      October 14, 2010 at 18:19 | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      "If I am hiv positive and and myself and another adult choose to have condomless sex then that is for us to decide. "

      Knowingly infecting someone with HIV is attempted murder under the law.

      October 17, 2010 at 20:48 | Report abuse |
  23. AnnabaNaNa

    AIDS and HIV are occupational hazard for adult film stars, no one should be surprised and no one should feel bad for them.

    October 14, 2010 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      That's frankly a pretty stupid thing to say. I may not be surprised but unlike you I do have some degree of empathy for people who contract HIV whether it's their fault or not. Try looking it up in the dictionary...it's called "compassion".

      October 14, 2010 at 18:16 | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Getting shot is an occupational hazard for police officers, no one should be surprised and no one should feel bad for them.

      October 15, 2010 at 00:11 | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Ryan – law enforcement is a needed profession in society. Pornography is not.

      October 15, 2010 at 10:16 | Report abuse |
    • Simplefolk

      Look at all these smart @sses
      I love it.
      Now at the actual article; I feel like a fool but I was entirely unaware Porn Artists even had to get tested or where condoms at all. People like that seem to have no boundaries, no ethics. Why would they give a damn if they had an STD? Their own self degradation is most likely enough to kill them. It's awful honestly; I don't see them as victims at all.

      October 15, 2010 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
  24. Jerry - Fountain CO

    So what? It's not like they are the only ones w/STDs. At least they get tested.

    October 14, 2010 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. LEB

    So what if that actor has HIV? Sure he/she knew the risks of being in a profession which requires you to have sex with hundreds of strangers. I'm not saying he/she deserves it... rather that MANY other jobs carry certain risks to one's safety and health, so why should the erotic film industry be seen as different? In porn, STDs are an occupational hazard, and California has done much more than any other state to try to regulate these professionals to keep them and the public as safe as possible. Just because one actor gets sick doesn't mean the program isn't mostly working, especially since that individual could have contracted the virus outside of work.

    October 14, 2010 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tiger

      Nebraska's porn industry has done a lot to control the spread of HIV/ AIDS.

      October 14, 2010 at 18:23 | Report abuse |
  26. Monica Gee

    The truth is that people in the porn industry have unprotected sex and it is filmed. The adult film industry has no conscience about exposing their actors to such risks. Sure, they ask for tests, and the time frame is monthly, not every two weeks as some misinformed commenter stated. The problem is that an HIV test is only going to tell you when it's too late. This is a risky occupation. It is sex trade work. We know that 70 % of sex trade workers have genital herpes. This can be contracted even with proper condom use. Herpes significantly increases the risk of HIV acquisition. It is not surprising that a porn actor has HIV. My question is why is this even news ?

    October 14, 2010 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • korgri

      Ron Jeremy is a misinformed commentator? On this topic?
      Any average CNN reader would think those comments could be considered as coming from the horse's mouth.
      Hopefully his mouth. Speaking from the horses mouth, let's say.

      October 14, 2010 at 16:46 | Report abuse |
  27. korgri

    Another role model suffers 'image tarnish'

    October 14, 2010 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. phoebe finch

    I just hope that the person does not develop aids.

    October 14, 2010 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Zoe

    Just because you have sex for money doesn't mean you're going to get AIDs but even though they do have routine testing having constant casual sex with multiple partners puts you at a much higher risk for contracting ANY STD. Otherwise they wouldn't do all the testing! Of course pornographers get stds more. Don't be ridiculous!

    October 14, 2010 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • korgri

      What about the actors?

      October 14, 2010 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
  30. hmm..

    @ phoebe, there are some anomalies to this rule however, almost all cases of HIV will develop into AIDS...just a matter of time.

    October 14, 2010 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. AnnabaNaNa

    There are many industries that have occupational hazards, but the adult film industry's are probably the worst. STD's that the can spread around tot he general population when they come home from work is crappy. Not saying that they couldnt have gotten it from someone outside of the industry, but really...if you are in the career of sharing needles, having lots of unprotected sex, or getting baddie blood transfusion, there's a big chance that you may contract AIDS/ HIV from it. If you put yourself in that position by choice, why should anyone have sympathy for you?

    October 14, 2010 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cole

      The worst hazard? Seeing how loggers and fishermen have the highest DEATH rates, I'd rank them higher in hazard.

      Where the heck does "sharing needles" and "baddie blood transfusions" come in? If you're going to be filmed naked, it's not a good idea to go into needles. And, I can't think of any "career" where on is constantly "getting baddie blood transfusion."

      Did you have any feelings for the trapped Chilean miners? Well, most of the world did. Getting trapped and dying is part of the occupational hazard, but most of us felt bad and were hoping for the best. Why? Because we're human. Same thing here.

      October 14, 2010 at 17:44 | Report abuse |
    • AnnabaNaNa

      Sorry, i had organic chem to get to and i know my answer was incoherent. But as i said, i dont have sympathy for someone that contracts HIV from getting paid to have lots of unprotected sex. Its there choice to be in that industry, and ofcorse there would be a higher probability from they getting some disease from there "work". Just like i wouldnt have sympathy for someone getting HIV from sharing heroin needles. and as far as the miners go, are u actually equating mining to porn? I find that offensive. It doesnt take bravery to fu*k, ok...

      October 14, 2010 at 21:07 | Report abuse |
  32. toolong

    Come on, look at all the nasty things they do in PORN. There are no rules. If you work in PORN then you must expect you might get a bad medical report sometime. Get real you idiots.

    October 14, 2010 at 17:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • a slozomby

      there are rules in the porn industry. for example you'll never see a donkey show come from a us porn distributor.

      October 14, 2010 at 19:25 | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      "for example you'll never see a donkey show come from a us porn distributor."

      Only because it's illegal here. Zoophilia porn is rife on the Internet.
      Usually from Brazil. I don't know why.

      There's the above ground porn industry and then there's a very underground black market one.

      October 17, 2010 at 20:52 | Report abuse |
  33. Dan_The_Man

    If the industry wants to deal with the realities of HIV, they will need to abandon tests like the antibody test in favor of the RNA test or viral load test. It is more expensive, but can detect the virus well in advance of a + test on a traditional, 20th Century antibody test. Why rely on tests that that look for signs that the body has been in the midst of a fight for perhaps several months rather than the virus and the rna itself?

    October 14, 2010 at 18:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. BrooklynBonez

    There is an error in this article. The LA Times did not break this story, Adult Video News (AVN) first reported this story. The LA Times blog post came after.

    October 14, 2010 at 18:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Dave

    IF this is a male performer who has HIV, the whole industry would be right to be worried. Those of us who regularly enjoy the pornographic arts can tell you there are only oh, about a half-dozen or so very prominent/prolific MALE stars at any one time. I started to wonder, is it Ramon? Or is that tall/skinny/built shaven head white guy? Or maybe it's that other tall skinny doofus with the 10" uncircumcised... nevermind.... just interesting, you may not realize there are tons of females in the industry but not that many different males. Oh, and I almost never see condoms.

    October 14, 2010 at 19:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • A

      what?? You gotta turn off the adult filter before you search and you'll find more...

      October 14, 2010 at 21:47 | Report abuse |
  36. stoirin

    The abuse and rape of teenage, adolescent and even pre-pubescent girls and boys - and even animals isn't reason enough?

    October 14, 2010 at 20:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SpoogeMonkey

      cows go moo. MOOOO!

      October 14, 2010 at 22:00 | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Jurkuff

      I love me some pre-pubescent goat. Damn that's good goat.

      October 14, 2010 at 22:28 | Report abuse |
  37. apodino

    I believe that even if they were using Condoms, we would still be having this discussion. Condom's aren't failsafe either.

    October 14, 2010 at 21:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      I know, I know, condoms aren't 100% effective at preventing STD's and pregnancy, probably only 99.9% when used properly. Thanks for repeating what the abstinence-"education" goofballs drilled into your head. YOU believe we'd still be having this discussion if they had been using condoms? That's nice. Doesn't make much sense, but thanks.

      October 14, 2010 at 23:13 | Report abuse |
  38. crazypants

    They deserve whatever happens to them when you live that lifestyle.

    October 14, 2010 at 22:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Phillip Nickerson

    I have seen this kind of news before. The media brings attention to it and gets everyone talking, then after a few weeks or so it dies down and people move on with their lives. But no REAL ACTION is ever taken. Sounds like HISTORY REPEATING ITS SELF!

    October 14, 2010 at 22:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Michael Brown

    There have been many actors in recent years that have left the industry because of STD/AIDS fear. It seems that the porn industry is always trying to outdue itself with what they show onscreen. There are a lot more anal scenes today than ever, and it seems like the sky is the limit as far as what is considered taboo. It also seems like no matter what the risk, condom use will never be considered, "sexy" in the porn industry. Better testing may or may not catch some of the diseases in the business.

    October 15, 2010 at 00:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Tawanda

    Whilst I feel sorry for the infected and affected persons I feel that porn stars should know that sex isn't a sport. It's something divine which should only be enjoyed within the context of lawful marriage.

    October 15, 2010 at 03:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frank

      You should go tell married people that. They must've missed the memo.

      October 17, 2010 at 20:56 | Report abuse |
  42. Alexis L

    Seems like all the risk factors just boils down to is the almighty dollar. One "Former" Adult Industry Porn "Actress"
    who goes by the stage name LilmissKitty (sorry I don't know her real name) claims that infections or not she couldn't wait
    for her daughter to get into the Porn business as soon as she becomes of age- Google her blog
    interviews and social networking pages where she peddles hundreds of her Adult Dvd's. Her main reason being
    the amount of money those who "work" without condoms make as she did for nine pornie years
    plus the endless marketing of her past magazine shoots. So she's set for life from all the Residuals.

    October 15, 2010 at 03:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. fadeinlight

    You don't need the government to step in every time something goes bad. I know that's a big shock to some of you, but does it not make financial sense to require actors to wear condoms? A huge portion of the industry is getting shut down, and will likely get sued as well. How much will that cost?

    October 15, 2010 at 03:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stop supporting this industry

      You don't think the government/taxpayer will end up paying for the medication for these people down the line? So why shouldn't the government have a say? Thank goodness for OSHA, or many work-places would be even less safe than they already are.

      October 15, 2010 at 03:53 | Report abuse |
  44. cherikee

    Lol, porn is probably one of the safest professions. You can see the accident coming and avoid it, unlike a bullet for a cop, falling off a skyscraper, being trapped in a mine, falling off a ladder for a roofer, etc. Every occupation has it's hazards. All you insane religious people can meet someone at church and get infected just as easily, if not easier. You cannot compare the "righteousness" of occupations because when it comes down to it, we are all just reacting particles spinning around in space. "Value" is a creation of human thought. Humans are so ridiculous, most can't even see the reality that's right under their nose.

    October 15, 2010 at 05:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Common Sense

    Not everyone can get HIV...some carry a recessive trait that impairs immunity to it and is found mainly in Northern Europeans of the A- blood type sub-type 2 with a fequency of 1 in 100.

    October 15, 2010 at 08:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Yari246:)

    OMG...some people can be so ignorant. And its sad. 🙁 I hate to see people throwing their lives away because of mere ignorance.
    Any one can get aids at any time. You don't even have to be sexually active to acquire this disease. If anything the actors and actresses who make porn videos are the ones who don't have the disease. They are aware of the disease and test themselves after doing what they do. you could get it if you evenget injured and get a blood transfusion. Everyone makes mistakes!!!

    October 15, 2010 at 08:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • be realistic

      "If anything the actors and actresses who make porn videos are the ones who don't have the disease."

      right. Did you actually read the article? It's about a porn actor testing positive for HIV.

      It's true that anyone can get HIV anytime. But engaging in reckless sexual behavior increases that risk. The numbers don't lie.
      Just like anyone can be mugged at anytime. But choose to walk down a dark alley in the middle of the night in a neighborhood that has reportedly high rate of muggings, and believe that the choices you've made have increased your risk of getting mugged.

      October 15, 2010 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
  47. Hedo

    Ding....Dong!!!! Who's there? Pool boy. What do you want? I'm here to clean your pool. Chica bow....chica bow bow....chica bow. Sorry, just couldn't resist.

    October 15, 2010 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Amberini

    Just tell me it's not Ron Jeremy... Just TELL ME IT'S NOT RON JEREMY!!

    October 15, 2010 at 08:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Phillip Nickerson

    I thought about becoming a porn actor because my ex-girlfriends say I am gifted and could make good money. I decided all the money in world is not worth my life. Not to mention it's morally wrong.

    October 15, 2010 at 09:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Jennifer

    Pornography is utter evil. It destroys boys and men. Destroys them. Thousands and thousands of children, women and men are enslaved in sex trafficking – much of it for the sake of pornography. I don't know how the people in this "business" that are not slaves sleep at night – I'm talking to you Jenna Jamison, directors of the films, etc. By growing this business you are growing a market where women and children are tortured. THAT IS THE TRUTH! You can dress it up all day long and you can try all you want to make it seem that watching porn is normal and healthy. BUT THAT IS LIE! When you make porn willingly, make money off porn, watch porn, buy porn, or contribute to the industry as a willing participant IN ANY WAY you are ARE contributing to the enlsavement of women and children around the world in the sex trade. You just need to really, really understand what you are doing. You are putting your need to get off to increasingly depraved things above your care for the most vulnerable of our world. If there were no market for porn, there would be no market for sex slaves in porn.

    Fathers – I want you to really, really think about that. Do you have a daughter? I want you to imagine her being sodomized against her will. Is that upsetting? Well, if you contribute to this industry IN ANY WAY (free porn included) – YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THAT KIND OF BRUTALITY BEING UNLEASHED ON SOMEONE'S DAUGHTER SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD. Please, please think about that the next time you sit down to indulged your own desires.


    October 15, 2010 at 10:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frank

      You're confusing legit porn with underground sex, snuff and torture rings. There IS a difference. There are people who actually enjoy working in the sex industry. Not all of them do, for sure. But there's a dark side to every profession. Stop generalizing. I'm into BDSM porn and I can tell you that many people enjoy having that stuff done to them, nevermind having it done on film.
      If it's between consenting responsible adults and no one is being forced to watch against their will, I don't see the problem.

      October 17, 2010 at 21:04 | Report abuse |
    • Perskaya

      Not only is everything you said true, Jennifer, but I know I'm sick and tired of how disgusting it has become just to do the normal, everyday things like go to the grocery story without being openly and blatantly leered at by men.


      October 27, 2010 at 17:58 | Report abuse |
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