Fifth Adult Film Actor Tests HIV-Positive, Marking Largest Outbreak in Porn Industry in Six Years
May 6, 2004
A fifth pornographic film actor in California has tested HIV-positive, marking the largest HIV outbreak in the adult film industry in six years, according to the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, Reuters reports. The latest case has been linked to three other adult film actors who tested positive last month (Keating, Reuters, 5/5). Adult film actors Darren James, Lara Roxx and Jessica Dee last month tested HIV-positive, and 53 workers who may have had unprotected sex with one of the actors or their sex partners subsequently agreed to a voluntary work quarantine. About 12 companies agreed to a 60-day production moratorium until HIV testing of the actors is completed, according to industry experts. Approximately 1,200 adult film actors undergo monthly testing for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, and many production companies require performers to show their test results before filming (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/5). AIM did not release the name of the most recent actor to test positive, but the trade magazine Adult Video News reported that the actor's manager confirmed her stage name as Miss Arroyo, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports (AP/Indianapolis Star, 5/6). Miss Arroyo worked in a sex scene with James and another man on March 30, three weeks after James returned from filming in Brazil, where he is believed to have contracted HIV, according to the New York Times (Madigan, New York Times, 5/6). Brazil's porn industry -- which is thought to be the world's second-largest after the United States' -- does not require HIV testing, but most production companies honor an unwritten agreement requiring actors to use condoms (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/28).
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