Brazilian Adult Film Actors Criticize Lack of Condom Use in U.S. Porn Industry
April 28, 2004
Brazilian pornographic film actors are criticizing the U.S. porn industry's widespread refusal to use condoms while filming in light of the recent HIV-positive diagnosis of two U.S. actors, the AP/Houston Chronicle reports (Clendenning, AP/Houston Chronicle, 4/27). Earlier this month, adult film actor Darren James tested HIV-positive, and Lara Roxx, who worked with James on at least one movie, also tested positive. About 12 companies have agreed to a 60-day production moratorium until HIV testing is completed, and at least 45 workers who may have had unprotected sex with James or his sex partners agreed to a voluntary work quarantine. About 1,200 adult film actors once a month undergo 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, 4/23). According to the AP/Chronicle, James may have contracted HIV while filming in Brazil. 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 a "gentleman's agreement" requiring actors to use condoms, according to the AP/Chronicle. "They can have the test and then go out for a wild night and get HIV, but the test would be negative," Norberto Brunni, director of marketing for the Buttman Brasil production company, said, adding, "We use the best condoms in the world, and that's the safety of my business." About 80% of Brazilian porn films are filmed with actors using condoms, according to the AP/Chronicle. However, about 80% of U.S. companies that are filming in Brazil require their actors to film without condoms or offer higher salaries to performers who agree to do so, the AP/Chronicle reports (AP/Houston Chronicle, 4/27).
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