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22 actors contract HIV since 2004

MUMBAI: Health officials in Los Angeles have confirmed that 22 actors in adult sex movies had contracted HIV since 2004, when a previous outbreak led to efforts to protect pornography industry employees.

The officials accused an industry-supported health clinic of failing to cooperate with state investigations and of failing to protect not only industry workers but their sexual partners as well.


"We have an industry that is exposing workers to life-threatening diseases as part of their employment," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County. "That is outrageous and anachronistic. These infections are virtually entirely preventable."


The latest controversy began last Thursday when a newspaper report said that a porn actress had tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus which causes AIDS.


A timeline on the foundation‘s website states that the actress whose name was not disclosed, tested negative for H.I.V. on April 29, last but that a positive test result was confirmed on June 4.


The woman performed in a film on June 5 for reasons that the clinic told the newspaper were still under investigation. A second test came back positive on June 6.

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