Keeping It Safe After the Clothes Come Off

"Not really, no," she said, "but you got to do it for money."

She said that working without condoms is the only way to get consistent work in adult films.

"People don't usually want condoms, so I don't think I'd get as much work," she said.

She said she felt pressure not to wear condoms and favored a change that would require them. "I'd make it like a law or something," she said.

But Hirsch and others inside the industry say a law requiring condom use would only push production underground. He says the known infection numbers prove that the current voluntary testing system works.

"We produce as an industry about 10,000 movies a year," said Hirsch. "Each movie has about five sex scenes, so that's 50,000 scenes a year. Multiply it by five years and we're talking about 250,000 scenes have been shot since 2004, and one person has tested positive. I like our track record."

But James still believes that's not good enough.

"Why is it worth it to go what I went through?" he said. "It's probably the worst thing. Just getting that call, 'You have HIV,' and then your whole life is upside-down. The only way to solve it is condoms. Period."

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