Porn Industry Actors Call for Condom Use Amid HIV Scare

October 18th, 2010 by Staff

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Some prominent porn industry actors are calling for more condom use during movie shoots in the wake of an actor who tested positive for HIV earlier this week.

Actress Lisa Ann, best known for her parodies of Sarah Palin, says she going “condom only” and will refuse pressure from production companies who demand unprotected sex on camera. She also says current testing is not enough.

The unidentified porn actor tested positive for HIV, prompting two of the industry’s biggest production companies — Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment — to shut down production as a precaution. The actor was a patient at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, a clinic in Sherman Oaks that caters to actors in the adult entertainment industry.

The revelation came out on Tuesday, triggering widespread concern across the industry as people scrambled to find partners who may have been exposed to the actor.

Steven Hirsch from Vivid Entertainment says at least five other companies have suspended production and more companies are expected to follow suit.

Los Angeles County public health officials say there’s a lack of condom use among porn actors on set which puts them at higher risk for contracting HIV and other diseases.

Industry producers say viewers find condoms to be a turnoff.

Porn actors are required to test negative for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases within 30 days of going to work on a film.

Safety officials at Cal/OSHA are considering strengthening rules to prevent the transmission of STDs and specify the use of condoms on porn sets.

Last year, a woman tested positive for HIV immediately after making an adult film, and in 2004, there was an HIV outbreak affecting several actors that prompted several CA production houses to suspend filming.


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