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Non-Cooperation from Porn Industry: Could it Result in Forced Condom Use?

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The porn industry's self regulation, albeit a good step, but never to the satisfaction of health officials, has been for the most part under the radar until cases like the one happening this week. Yesterday morning it was reported that one case of HIV was within the industry. Then in the afternoon, reports surfaced that there has been at least 16 since 2004, when the last reported group of performers tested positive for HIV.

“I don’t think we have the degree of cooperation that we would like in cases like this,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County health officer to the LA Times. “We’d like a little more proactive cooperation.”

AIM is required to notify the county seven days after testing. The most recent positive test came in last Saturday. “Rumor is rampant when the words HIV and porn are in the same sentence; the media is like a moth to a flame,” said Dr. Sharon Mitchell of Adult Industry Medical, the industry's non profit dedicated to regular testing.