Policy & Politics
Fourth Adult Film Actor Tests HIV-Positive But Unrelated to Other Three Cases; Bill to Require More Testing Set Aside
May 5, 2004
A fourth pornographic film actor in California has tested HIV-positive, although the case is unrelated to three other adult film actors who tested positive last month, Reuters reports. A transsexual actor who goes by the stage name Jennifer on Tuesday tested positive for HIV, according to Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation Executive Director Sharon Mitchell. Jennifer last performed a sex scene on Feb. 27 with two male performers who have since tested HIV-negative, Mitchell said, according to Reuters. Although the actors will be tested again to rule out the possibility of further transmission, it appears to be an "open and shut case of genealogy," Mitchell said, adding, "We think it's contained" (Keating, Reuters, 5/4). Adult film actors Darren James, Lara Roxx and Jessica Dee last month tested positive for HIV, 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. About 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, 5/3).
Testing Bill Shelved
Los Angeles Times Profiles James, Roxx
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