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posted Friday, January 9, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 02
Condomless porn shoot responsible for HIV infection, CA officials say
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Condomless porn shoot responsible for HIV infection, CA officials say

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

California public health officials have issued an alert stating that a male porn actor was infected with HIV as a result of a film shoot in Nevada.

There is 'very strong evidence,' the California Department of Public Health said in its alert, that the actor contracted HIV during a sex scene with 'several other males.'

In 2012 Los Angeles County enacted an ordinance requiring porn actors to wear condoms as a workplace safety measure, but porn producers have attempted to evade the law by moving their shoots to other locations, in this case Nevada. Los Angeles County officials say that permit applications for porn shoots have dropped by nearly 90% since the ordinance was enacted.

According to California health officials, an actor in the Nevada shoot worked on two films. He tested negative before filming the first one, but 'During the second film shoot, he had symptoms of a viral infection,' the alert states.

'The actor went to a clinic and had another blood test that showed he had recently become infected with HIV.'

One actor from the second shoot also tested positive for HIV. According to the Health Department, lab results indicate the first actor who tested positive 'probably transmitted' HIV to the second.

The Health Department said it could not immediately release further details regarding the lab testing and investigation. Their alert notes that very early in an HIV infection, the test can be negative 'even though the actor really does have HIV.'

'In this case, the actor and production company thought he was HIV-negative during filming,' the alert states. 'Shortly after his negative test, HIV levels in his body rose rapidly to where he could infect other actors through unprotected sex.'

AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein, one of the leaders of the drive to require condom use on porn sets, said the report proved that condomless porn shoots endangered actors.

'This is not AHF or supporters of condoms claiming that an HIV transmission occurred on the set of an adult film. This is California's Department of Public Health and OSHA Occupational Health officials who vetted the performers' blood samples with the CDC and concluded after genetic sequencing that this HIV infection occurred on set,' Weinstein said.

'For years adult film producers have claimed that performers who have tested HIV-positive while working in the industry did not contract HIV in the industry, but became infected through exposure in their personal lives outside and away from adult film sets. This new case puts truth to the lie that the industry has promoted year-after-year, years that sadly saw several additional performers infected while working in the porn industry.'

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