Positive HIV test halts porn shoots at companies

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The lawyers said in a statement Wednesday that a Northern California judge has gone so far as to stop state officials from getting identifying information because it violates medical privacy regulations.

HIV is spread most often through sexual contact but can also be contracted through sharing contaminated needles for drug use, infected blood products, or by babies born to or breast-fed by infected women.

HIV is the cause of AIDS, an immune disease that gradually destroys the body’s ability to fight illness.

In an average month, Vivid spends $250,000 to shoot four movies, which require a total of 12 to 15 days of shooting, Hirsch said.

The company currently has a stockpile of unreleased movies, and it would take months without any new production activity to affect Vivid’s release schedule, he added.

Mark Kernes, senior editor at Adult Video News, said he expects most production companies to shut down until it’s known who had contact with the person known to have HIV.

It’s unclear how the industry’s bottom line might be affected by halted production because many companies such as Vivid could sustain sales with backlogs of unreleased titles, Kernes said.

Like other entertainment industries, adult film makers have been hurt by the recession and the Internet, where pirating and free downloads often cut producers out of a profits.

Last year, in a tongue-in-cheek complaint about the sour economy, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild chief executive Joe Francis called for a $5 billion federal bailout. They said adult DVD sales and rentals decreased 22 percent.

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