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Adult film actors call for stricter HIV protection

by Steven Cuevas, The California Report | Take Two

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An empty condom package rests on a table during the shooting of a porn scene for the adult film production company Vivid, 18 May 2004, on the set in Canoga Park, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles. A moratorium on film production in the adult movie industry was set to end Friday, Sept. 20, following an HIV scare in which two actors tested positive in a month. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Despite recent reports from several porn actors they've tested positive for HIV, the adult film industry plans to return to business as usual tomorrow after a temporary shutdown. At issue is whether actors are properly protected from the risk of contracting sexual diseases.

In a news conference yesterday, a number of actors argued condoms should be required on every set. L.A. County voters already have passed a law to that effect, and a federal court upheld it last month, but the porn industry has vowed to appeal. Reporter Steven Cuevas has more.

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