AirTalk for October 14, 2010

HIV scare halts porn production

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Dr. Sharon Mitchell speaks to an adult film actress who goes by the stage name 'Boo D. Licious' at the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation clinic in Sherman Oaks, California.

California-based porn-movie producers are temporarily shutting down production after an adult-film performer tested positive for HIV. Some of the largest local businesses including Hustler Video, Digital Playground, Vivid Entertainment and Wicked Pictures have halted production as a precaution. Meanwhile, activists with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation are using this incident to renew their call for mandatory condom use and heightened oversight of the industry. But even actors are resisting the idea. Should condoms be required? If they were, what impact would that have on the industry’s business viability?

Guest:

Brian Chase, Assistant General Counsel, AIDS Healthcare Foundation


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