A porn actor's positive HIV test has prompted an increasing number of America's largest adult film companies to halt production while an industry clinic locates and tests the performer's on-screen sex partners. The revelation this week further highlighted the lack of condom use among actors routinely exposed in the course of a day's work to bodily fluids capable of spreading myriad sexually transmitted diseases. Actors pay for their own tests, performed at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation in Sherman Oaks, a private, nonprofit founded in Jennifer Miller, an administrator for the foundation's HIV-STD clinic, said Wednesday that state medical privacy laws prevented her from disclosing the gender of the actor whose HIV test came back positive. She similarly declined to say how many of the actor's on-screen sexual contacts had been identified so they can be tested. Rumor swirled around the industry about the identity of "patient zero.
But how is the industry protecting them from contracting STIs? Last year, California voted against proposition 60 , which would have required porn stars to wear condoms in all their scenes. Two years prior, in , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on HIV transmission among male adult performers, highlighting a incident involving a performer who was tested within the day industry-recommended window, yet unknowingly transmitted the virus to another performer. Deep writes that adult performers are tested regularly, up to twice a month on average. Many adult film production companies require their stars to have a clean bill of health within 14 days of shooting, The Daily Beast points out.
A porn actor's positive HIV test , which prompted a temporary shutdown of Los Angeles' billion-dollar adult film industry Monday night, has reignited the debate over mandatory condom use in X-rated productions. The HIV scare comes less than one month after the launch of a new online sexual health database aimed at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among porn actors through mandatory testing. To be listed in the database -- a requisite for getting work -- porn actors must get tested every 30 days and present a clean bill of health. But critics say routine testing does not prevent STDs from creeping in.
Charlie Sheen confirmed to the world on Tuesday that he was indeed the mystery Hollywood actor who has been secretly battling HIV. Opening up for the first time in public, the troubled actor, 50, and father-of-five told Matt Lauer on American morning TV show Today : "I am here to admit I am HIV-positive and I have to put a stop to the onslaught and barrage of attacks and sub-truths and harmful stories that are about threatening the health of so many others. Credit: AP. Since his admission a number of allegations have come out about the star, including claims he paid for sex with male and female porn stars and how six former sexual partners are preparing to sue him. Credit: Twitter.