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You had to know that it was going to happen at some point. The HIV virus is probably not going to be controlled and contained, especially when people are sleeping together without protection. Even if you’re testing people regularly on set, p*rn stars sleep with a lot of people between shoots and their positive test results may not show up until they’ve infected a lot of people.
The industry of dirty get togethers is now under scrutiny after several actors have contracted the HIV virus.
Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), told Reuters this week that a fourth star has contracted HIV. As a result, the Free Speech Coalition is calling for all filming to stop in the industry. But they haven’t released the names or genders of the others who’ve been infected.
This is the second moratorium on filming to occur in the last few months. The latest ended on August 27th, after an actress by the name of Cameron Bay announced her positive test. Another actor turned up positive after sleeping with her.
This adds to the public political battle over whether or not condoms should be required for use in the industry. The law was passed in Los Angeles, but not throughout the entire state of California. Another complaint was filed with the Florida Health Department after it was determined that large companies are shooting out of state to get around the California law.
Experts say that the actions of actors in the industry can affect the way kids view their romantic relationships.
“I think the portrayal of condom use could have a positive effect not only on the health of the p*rn actors and actresses, but on viewers, especially younger viewers who are beginning to develop their own sexual scripts,” says Jane Brown, the James L. Knight Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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