HIV Case Puts Porn Industry on High Alert

Outbreak could cause skin flick filming to grind to a halt

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009  |  Updated 1:35 AM CDT
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Dr. Sharon Mitchell speaks to an adult film actress at the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation (AIM) clinic in Sherman Oaks, California.

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Los Angeles County Health Officials now say 16 unpublicized cases of HIV have been confirmed in the Adult Film Industry in Los Angeles.
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A San Fernando Valley health clinic that serves the adult film industry says an actress has tested positive for HIV.

The Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation said Wednesday that initial HIV tests of the woman's partners have come up negative, but they are not being allowed to perform and are being encouraged to test again in two weeks.

In 2004, an HIV outbreak shut down porn production for a month, according to the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles County health officials said Friday there have been 22 confirmed HIV cases involving adult film industry performers since 2004.

County Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding said his office would launch an investigation into the most recent case.

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