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.

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  1. be realistic

    I'd imagine that the mandatory and frequent std tests provide the adult film actors with a false sense of confidence and security.

    The truth of the matter is, when you walk onto a set, you really have no idea what the 5 to 10 actors who are about to gang bang you were doing the night before, or the week before, or the day after they tested negative for HIV, herpes, syphilis, etc, etc.

    It only takes one bad infected person to put the entire cast at risk, and there lovers and partners "off hours" at risk.

    The mandatory testing may do well to prevent epidemics, but it doesn't prevent outbreaks, which can cause significant damage to the lives of the people involved.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • be realistic

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      October 15, 2010 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
  2. maiicol

    everybody shut the hell up, no one care about what you may thing about this topic or any other ok, damn!!! stupid americans just love to post stupid comments everywhere lmao

    October 15, 2010 at 12:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. cherikee

    Jennifer, that has to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. LOL, do you actually believe they are interconnected? What about the mothers having their sons sodomized against their will and all of the women watching porn contributing to this brutality? Hahahahaha. Guys don't "take advantage" of women, men and women mutually agree to participate.

    October 15, 2010 at 12:51 | Report abuse | Reply

    there can be no social progress outside the moral order, if you break God's laws you reap the whirlwind, PERIOD.

    October 15, 2010 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nate

      hahahahahahahah, ghahahahahahahahha gahahaha ha. die sluts die.

      October 16, 2010 at 13:27 | Report abuse |

    Silly human. God is a figment of your imagination, PERIOD.

    October 15, 2010 at 23:15 | Report abuse | Reply

      if only you knew you will end up a figment of God's imagination one day, lol.

      October 16, 2010 at 03:50 | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      If your god is against pornography, why does he not just "miracle" it away?

      Since that is not happening, I guess your god is ok with it.

      October 20, 2010 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
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    October 15, 2010 at 23:19 | Report abuse | Reply
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    October 15, 2010 at 23:23 | Report abuse | Reply
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      Hahaha, good one God! You always crack me up! Santa Claus and I are going to the pub, you should come down and hang out a bit....

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  9. almxx

    Somebody mentioned the word "accidentally". I would like a step by step account of all events going back from the discovery of aids, and try to find where the "accident" happened. Maybe , you too realize, there never was or ever will be an accident. It would be an effect without a cause. Never happens....

    October 16, 2010 at 03:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. KC

    I've never seen so many idiots in my life–and I'm referring to the commentators on this story, not the porn industry. Jesus H. Christ on a bike...

    October 17, 2010 at 01:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dino

    An unnamed porn actor has tested positive for HIV and the industry’s most famous face, Ron Jeremy, tells RadarOnline.com the buzz is that it’s a male actor who works in gay adult films.

    October 17, 2010 at 04:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dino

    “It’s politically incorrect to say, but it’s typically a lot easier to get it through homosexual intercourse than heterosexual,” Ron Jeremy said in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com.
    In the gay films they don’t necessarily get tested because they use rubbers all the time, unlike in the straight films. Gay film companies do not require testing because they use protection for everything.”
    “It’s very important that people know we take the ELISA test for HIV which cuts down the window for results and in heterosexual porn, testing is absolutely mandatory,” Jeremy said.
    ELISA [Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay] has many uses, one of which is a biochemical technique used to quickly detect HIV.

    October 17, 2010 at 04:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frank

      Is Ron Jeremy a doctor? There's no difference between drilling a guy's ass and drilling a women's ass (besides the prostate). The reason why performers in gay films were condoms more than in the straight films is because of stereotypes.
      They don't use protection for everything, either. The guys take the condom off to blow their load on the other guy's face, too.

      October 17, 2010 at 21:10 | Report abuse |
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  13. JFWilder

    Where's the headline that some actor/actress is HIV positive that is in a regular movie? I'm sure that happens too...but of course this headline got your attention rather than some ordinary hollywood tramp, right?

    October 18, 2010 at 10:18 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Oh, the dangers of the porn industry. Here is to hoping for a speedy clean up. I must say though, I bet there are some paranoid porn stars flipping out right now. Yikes!

    November 9, 2010 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
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    the actual problem here is that people with HIV will fake tests just to get in and infect more people. Sick and wrong.

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