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Positive AIDS Test Shuts Down Porn Industry

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The porn industry is reeling over a positive AIDS test for one of its performers. The result has forced two of the biggest studios in the business -- Vivid Entertainment and Wicked Pictures -- to shut down production.

While the performer's name has not been released, the scramble is on to notify partners of the actor about their potential exposure to the virus. At that point, the industry can start to determine if this is widespread or contained to one individual.

A similar scare in 2004 shut down the business for a short time. As many as 14 people were said to have been infected, all stemming from actor Darren James.

On Tuesday, James sharply criticized the industry.

"I knew it was going to happen. And how many years has it been? Again. They went right back to the same habits," James told the Los Angeles Times.

James is a vocal advocate for condom use on porn sets. "There should have been mandatory condoms. Good grief, it's like my deal all over again. I hate that."

Some studios require condoms, but most don't. Health officials in Los Angeles, the hub of the multi-billion dollar industry, have been pushing for laws requiring condoms.

There are laws in place, however, about being tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Porn actors are required to test negative for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases within 30 days of filming.