A male porn actor has tested positive to HIV after having unprotected sex with other actors during the shooting of an adult film outside California. According to the California public health authority, they have “very strong evidence” that the actor which engaged in two separate film shoots contracted the HIV virus during the second filming because he was negative prior to this time.
“During the second film shoot, he had symptoms of a viral infection,” the California Department of Public Health states. “The actor went to a clinic and had another blood test that showed he had recently become infected with HIV.”
One of the actors that acted in the second shoot is now positive for HIV, and health officials believe the first actor might have infected the second actor unknowingly because he was not aware of his own status. This according to health officials indicate that initially, an HIV test might be negative in very early tests “even though the actor really does have HIV.”
But “In this case, the actor and production company thought he was HIV-negative during filming,” the alert states. “Shortly after his negative test, HIV levels in his body rose rapidly to where he could infect other actors through unprotected sex.”
Although health department officials and a Californian trade group for the adult film industry declined to provide further information regarding when the transmission took place or the adult film company involved – due to privacy restrictions – it is believed that the transmission occurred in Nevada.
Michael Weinstein, president of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation is angry about this development. According to him, “It’s happened before, it’s happened now, and it will happen in the future. The big lie the industry has been saying all these years, there are no on-set transmissions, has been proven to be untrue.”
This foundation had pushed for an ordinance that required actors in porn films to use condoms, and its adoption by Los Angeles County voters in 2012 forced porn companies to move their film shooting outside of the county, making the applications for permits in LA County to drop from 485 in 2012 to only 40 in 2013. Although a federal appeals court had ruled that the ordinance does not violate the First Amendment rights, the porn industry insists that the use of condoms “would interfere with a film’s fantasy element by subjecting viewers to real-world concerns like pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.”
On-set HIV infection took place last in 2004, and porn filmmakers implemented a monthly testing for STDs and other related sexual infections. This was upped to frequent testing at 14 days intervals after a porn actress that uses the name Cameron Bay contracted HIV in 2013.