from www.nydailynews.com – A XXX-film star in California has tested positive for HIV, sending those working in the multibillion-dollar porn industry into panic-mode and forcing two of the industry’s largest studios to postpone filming.
Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment have stopped production as a precaution, and now there’s a scramble to test partners who may have worked with the actor.
The identity and gender of the actor has not been disclosed [not true- it’s been established that it’s a male performer], in addition to what companies he or she worked for and when the person was tested.
The porn star tested positive for HIV at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, a San Fernando clinic that caters to those in the pornography industry.
This isn’t the first time some studios in the porn industry have had to temporarily shutdown.
Last year, a woman tested positive for HIV immediately after making an adult film. And in 2004, an HIV outbreak spread through the adult film community, briefly halting filming at several California studios. Up to 14 people were said to have been infected during on-camera sex with a male actor.
Under law, porn actors are required to test negative for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases within 30 days of filming.
Officials in L.A. have blasted the adult film industry for the lack of condom use on porn sets.
Darren James, the adult film actor at the center of the 2004 HIV scare criticized the industry for again failing to protect actors from being infected.
James tested negative days before being filmed. Later, a test came back positive, and James learned that he spread HIV to three actresses who he worked with.
“I knew it was going to happen,” James told the Los Angeles Times. “And how many years has it been? Again. They went right back to the same habits.”