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“When Vivid was first made aware that a performer had tested positive for HIV we immediately suspended production,” Steven Hirsch, Vivid’s co-founder, said in statement to The Times. “We did this as a precaution and will continue to monitor the situation. AIM Healthcare acted appropriately to quarantine all adult talent who may have been exposed. We will wait for all of the facts to emerge before we resume production.”
“Even though Wicked is condoms-mandatory, we have postponed our upcoming productions to give AIM a chance to create a comprehensive quarantine list,” company officials said in a statement to The Times. “Thanks to the continued efforts of AIM the entire industry was all made aware of this possible threat on the same day.”
A 2004 HIV outbreak in the San Fernando Valley-based porn industry shut down production for a month.
In that case, also detected through testing at the AIM clinic, more than 30 companies voluntarily stopped filming to wait for results on dozens of adult performers who had engaged in sex scenes with a male porn star and three actresses who tested HIV positive.
The latest case involves an unidentified adult-film performer who tested positive at AIM’s Sherman Oaks clinic, which has served the porn industry for years.
The positive HIV test is the first reported since last year when an adult-film actress, who industry officials said had rarely worked, was infected with the virus. No one else in the industry was infected as a result.