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HIV lessons for porn film actors

An American trade association for the adult entertainment industry has told BBC 5 live's Up All Night it will do more to educate performers about HIV after at least three actors were diagnosed with the virus.

An American trade association for the adult entertainment industry says it will do more to educate performers about HIV after at least three actors were diagnosed with the virus.

Production of pornographic films in California ground to a halt amid rumours that a fourth actor was diagnosed with HIV. A moratorium was called while other performers were tested.

Diane Duke, the CEO of the Free Speech Coalition, told BBC 5 live's Up All Night that extensive testing had revealed there had been no transmissions of HIV on set. She said there was now "an educational opportunity" for the industry to inform actors how to protect themselves better in their personal lives, admitting that most actors did not use latex on shoots.

"Many of the performers would prefer not to use condoms...They feel much safer with testing protocols."

  • 12 Sep
  • From the section Health