USA: Porn industry accused of failing to protect industry workers from HIV

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15 June 2009

Larry Flynt Productions Issues Statement on HIV Testing [USA]

Author: Steve Javors, XBiz

“For years, the heterosexual adult entertainment industry production companies have been on the forefront of protecting adult actors from exposure to HIV/AIDS through a monthly testing program,” read a company press release… “The known exposures affecting the heterosexual adult industry involved only the 2004 performers, and the most recent exposure involves a single actress. With respect to the remaining 16 positive HIV results the L.A. County public health officials have attributed to adult entertainers, we have no information actually connecting these individuals to the adult entertainment industry…”

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12 June 2009

H.I.V. Found in 22 Actors in Sex Films Since 2004 [USA]

Author: Gardiner Harris, The New York Times

Health officials…said Friday that 22 actors in adult sex movies had contracted H.I.V. since 2004…[and] accused [the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation] an industry-supported health clinic of failing to cooperate with state investigations and of failing to protect not only industry workers but their sexual partners as well. “We have an industry that is exposing workers to life-threatening diseases as part of their employment,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County …Clinic officials refused to comment…Occupational health officials have long argued that failing to require that performers wear condoms during intercourse and other acts is a violation of safe-workplace regulations…[also refers to Vivid Entertainment]

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