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HIV Scare Hits Porn Industry

Adult film star Cameron Bay tested positive for HIV and temporarily halted porn production.
5:57 | 08/23/13

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Porn stars -- in the business of selling fantasy. But reality came crashing down this week with the new HIV positive diagnosis for one of their stars. That's leading critics to say it's time to do more to control the industry. It's a health crisis -- big box and lives at stake the question. Can a business built on appearing brawl and spontaneous. Be regulated -- a different kind of restraint. ABC's David Wright first -- this story in 2011. And continues with the late. It is a multi billion dollar industry some -- bigger than professional baseball football and basketball combined. The question is is it -- Animals. -- more protection making films than porn performers how many cases -- you have to be. Before we take it seriously. This week another adult performer tested positive for the AIDS virus adult film actress Cameron bay who has worked in the industry since 2010. Not even on a regular basis. She tweeted I hope everyone is well and unaffected and healthy I'm still coming to terms with all this. But thanks to everyone showing -- I feel stronger than ever. So far no other actors she's worked with have tested positive. But the industry has temporarily halted all production as a safeguard so when you had sex on camera. Did you feel like you're playing Russian roulette. Absolutely. And I you never know. How many people. Your partner that -- has been -- since they've gotten their attacks. Gina Rodriguez spoke to Nightline two years ago she quit the porn business. In part because of the fear of disease how important is -- It's very important. You know I think it's a ticking time bomb Iran land -- -- networks it's not gonna get any matter the. This has happened before in 2004 actor Darren James HIV test came up positive. He spoke with Lisa Ling for Nightline two years ago and took that call. Everything stops. The virus. My whole world has -- so we you don't know how he found intact don't. Which infect people pretty girls and -- them felt bad. Since -- the industry has adopted some safeguards requiring all performers to get an HIV test once a month. California's division of occupational safety and health the same group that requires construction workers to Wear heart attacks. Also requires the adult film industry to protect workers from hazards associated with blood borne pathogens. The regulations clearly state employers must provide an insure employees use. Appropriate personal protective equipment including condoms dental dams gloves and eye protection. But those rules are rarely enforced. The industry itself has been rigorous about HIV testing but not about condom use that may be partly to do with aesthetics the. Hope pioneered the pollen into sheets of Cecil Enron to cease and commit sexual people should be using condoms in the real life but when -- CEO on the screen you don't really -- to see. And it seems to have everything to do with money. Steve -- CEO of vivid entertainment one of the biggest foreign producers spoke with Nightline in 2009. The truth is that when people watching don't know these there watching for the fan so they don't want to see condoms condoms in adult movies just -- -- well. It's just the fact they say they won't make as much money. -- -- They would also like to use sixteen year old girls and they're not permitted to do that. City and county government to want to deal with this because he deals with sex -- teams with pornography. That's a really bad excuse. For not protecting these young people. In California the aids healthcare Foundation's spearheaded a measure requiring condom use in LA county. It passed in November of last year some in the porn industry sued to overturn that decision saying it was unconstitutional. And just last week their claim was rejected by a federal judge. But still of all the major adult film producers who only one studio requires condom use for all their contract stars wicked pictures. -- of the company's frown upon it. If you if you're coming in saying you know I want aren't -- chances are they're gonna take -- all -- can -- without the condom. There been any number of current actresses who say it doesn't are -- not telling the -- I think you're not thinking about it. They're thinking about money and getting more. It isn't just the porn stars at risk if it's not to -- questioned how many people. -- conceivably have sex with and what. Girl pitch you it. You know 1520 times a month that could be sometimes multiple partners and -- seen. -- -- -- -- You know could be 1015. Attitude about a month. And then whatever her personal life and it's. And what's to stop porn producers from filming in San Francisco Santa Barbara -- just about any place else. Some say. The law. I'm making a pornographic films. Is considered prostitution. In 48 states with only allowed in California and New Hampshire gets kind of cold in New Hampshire in the winter I don't think people would be that anxious to be taking their clothes off in New Hampshire in the winter. But many say the new measure requiring condom use could simply drive production underground. Already the Internet is packed with porn produced on the cheap with little or -- safeguards. Meanwhile the best assessment tag along it's getting more Gina Rodriguez is thankful she -- out of the business with a clean -- health. I'm David Wright for Nightline in Los Angeles.

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