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Old 04-15-2004, 11:41 PM
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Actor's HIV Infection Strikes Calif. Porn Industry
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By Gina Keating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's multi-billion-dollar adult porn industry ground to a virtual halt on Thursday after a popular actor tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS (news - web sites).


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Industry advocates immediately called for a 60-day moratorium on filming so that others could be tested.


Actor Darren James tested positive for HIV (news - web sites) on Wednesday in screening conducted routinely on the industry's 1,200 regular actors by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare (AIM) Foundation, the foundation's Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell (news) said.


They must show negative tests to keep working in the industry, Mitchell said, adding that only about 17 percent of performers use condoms.


James, the first porn actor to test positive for the virus since 1999, had a "stellar record" of tests -- negative every three weeks for the past seven years, she said.


Mitchell said James may have contracted the virus about four weeks ago while filming in Brazil on a "non-condom" set.


The Los Angeles-based industry, which normally films three to four films a day, must now wait 60 days to learn whether the deadly virus spread to 14 actresses who had onscreen sex with James, or to the 35 sex partners the women subsequently had.


The at-risk actors have been quarantined until June 8, and Mitchell has advocated a moratorium on shooting until the extent of the infection is known.


Former porn actress Jill Kelly, founder of Jill Kelly Productions Holding, Inc., said she and most other film producers have halted production for the next two months.


The postponement of eight films "won't do much damage" and can be quickly remedied by doubling the six-day-per-month shooting schedule, Kelly said.


But actors who live "check to check" may have trouble making ends meet during the moratorium, she said.


"Most of the people I have talked to are cooperating," she said. "There are a few people that won't. But if I find out there is talent working I won't ever hire them again."


Kelly said she was quarantined in 1999 after working with actor Tony Montana who subsequently tested positive for HIV and infected several co-stars.


"I was clean (but) it's scary," she said.


Director Corey Jordan, who used James in his "Baby Got Back" series, called the actor's diagnosis "a shock," but predicted the industry would rebound.


"In the porn community itself, HIV is pretty much taken care of in the sense that we make sure everyone is tested," he said. "Right now it's not about money, it's about people's well being."

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Old 04-16-2004, 12:11 AM
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Lukeford Staff: Just confirmed with AIM Healthcare. Laura Roxx has definitely tested positive for HIV. No other test results yet have come in from the others on the First Generation list.

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HIV POSITIVE QUARANTINE LIST 4-13-04

UPDATE 4-14-04 3:15 pm

As of 4/13/04, the AIM Healthcare Foundation found a positive detection for the HIV Virus of an actor named Darren James. His test results are pending for further confirmation and viral loads of HIV. These pending tests will give us further information into the date Mr. James contracted the virus. The following people are on quarantine from working in the industry until they retest!

THE "QUARATINE UNTIL DATE" IS THE DATE OF RETEST FOR ALL FIRST GENERATION TALENT.

DARREN JAMES POSITIVE DETECTION 4-13-04


Candy Ray 04-08-04 05-08-04
Deserie Clark 04-08-04 05-08-04
Miss Arroyo 03-30-04 04-30-04
Kayla Marie 04-07-04 05-07-04
Jessica Dee 03-24-04 04-24-04
Patrice Petite 04-08-04 05-08-04
Persia 03-30-04 04-30-04
Banesca 03-30-04 04-30-04
Jocelyn 03-19-04 04-19-04
Annie Cruz 03-29-04 04-29-04
Laura Roxx 03-24-04 04-24-04
Skylar Banks 04-08-04 05-08-04
Kayla Marie 04-08-04 05-08-04

2ND GENERATION TALENT PLEASE DO NOT WORK UNTIL THE ABOVE MENTIONED TALENT IS IN THE CLEAR. YOU MAY BE PUTTING OTHERS IN JEOPARDY.
SECOND GENERATION WHO WORKED WITH DATE WORKED
Carlos Mendes Jessica Dee 04-12-04
Sean Michaels Jessica Dee 04-07-04
Julian St. Jox ?? 04-07-04
Mark Ashley Patrice 04-12-04
Judy Starr Patrice 04-12-04
TT Boy Skylar Banks 04-08-04
Marco T
Conrad Taylor
Sol/Shayne? (male unknown)
Mark Davis??
DP Guy?? Sean Michaels 04-07-04
Duane Commings Jocelyn 03-28-04
Alex Sanders Persia 03-31-04
Riana Bay Persia 03-31-04
Benjamin Banks Banesca 04-09-04
Tony Sexton Miss Arroyo 04-01-04
Dominico Persia 03-24-04
LT Turner Jocelyn 03-24-04
Brian Surewood Annie Cruz 04-01-04
Sledge Hammer Annie Cruz 04-01-04
Mark Jessica Dee 04-01-04
Brock Jessica Dee 04-01-04
If anyone has any further information as to 2nd generation contacts please call the AIM staff ASAP 818 981-5681. Help us fill in the blanks in this urgent matter. Thanks to all for all your help today.
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Old 04-16-2004, 03:14 AM
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Positive HIV tests shut down porn movies
Thursday, April 15, 2004 Posted: 9:03 PM EDT (0103 GMT)





LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Adult movie producers agreed to shut down sets for weeks Thursday after two performers tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

At least 45 men and women were under voluntary quarantine because they had sex with the HIV-positive performers or their sex partners, said Sharon Mitchell of the nonprofit Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation.

The first performer to test positive, whom Mitchell declined to name, was "conscientious" about having HIV tests every three weeks, she said. On Friday he tested positive for HIV and a follow-up test on Monday confirmed it, Mitchell said.

Mitchell confirmed later Thursday that one of about a dozen women the performer had sex with in films also tested HIV-positive.

A list of quarantined performers was placed on the Web site of the foundation, which screens about 1,200 adult movie performers a month for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

As of Thursday about a dozen adult movie companies had agreed to follow a voluntary moratorium on production until June 8, said Tim Connelly, publisher of the industry news magazine AVN.

Although the quarantine is voluntary, the performers involved won't be working for at least two months, until new tests clear them, Connelly said. It would be "absolutely insane" for companies to hire them earlier, he said.

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health and health officer for Los Angeles County, said the agency did not consider the HIV case a threat to public health "at this point."

"I think in general, they've done an appropriate job in terms of the quarantine measures taken," he said.

However, the discovery shows that screening programs are not perfect and the only way to prevent AIDS "is not to have unprotected sex."

Mary Carey, an adult movie star who ran for governor of California last fall, said she had not worked with the HIV-infected actor or his co-stars. However, as a precaution she was canceling a lesbian porn shoot even though she did not consider it risky.

"It's very scary," she said. "This is kind of a wake-up call for everybody."

It was unclear how much impact the work stoppage would have on the $4 billion to $13 billion-a-year industry, which is centered in the San Fernando Valley. Some companies have as much as a year's worth of movies ready, said Jill Kelly, a former adult performer turned producer.

Some of the largest players declined to take part in the moratorium, arguing that they already have safety measures in place. Vivid Entertainment Group of Van Nuys said it requires condom use and negative HIV tests within 30 days of the start of production.

The last industry HIV scare was in 1999, when a male performer tested positive for the disease. He no longer performs and no other performers were infected.

Before that, a male performer infected five women in 1998.


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Gay porn industry not affected by HIV scare

An HIV scare in the straight porn industry that has shut down production at nearly two dozen companies after two actors tested positive for HIV infection has not extended to the gay porn industry, sources tell Advocate.com. Adult film actor Darren James, who had tested negative for HIV infection as recently as March 17, was found on Monday to be HIV-positive. Actress Lara Roxx, who worked with James on one film, also has tested positive.

A spokesman at Adult Video News told Advocate.com that because of safer-sex practices and condom usage in gay adult videos, the HIV scare that has cropped up in the straight side of the business doesn't affect gay performers or gay production companies. Legendary gay porn director Chi Chi LaRue told Advocate.com that because of the stringent safer-sex policies at the vast majority of gay adult film companies, including her own, there is little worry that HIV is being spread on gay porn sets. "We should hold our heads high and keep going--business as usual," she said. LaRue also said that the current HIV scare in the straight adult film industry further reinforces her belief that the men in those films should be required to use condoms just as gay performers do. "The straight industry needs to wake up," she said. "This is a huge, huge bullet, and they haven't dodged it. Actually, it hit them square in the heart. They need to wake up and start putting a condom on every dick. These girls need to stop working with companies that don't want to use condoms."

The Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation (AIM), an organization launched five years ago by former porn star Sharon Mitchell, works to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in the straight adult film industry by encouraging actors and actresses to be regularly screened for infections and tracking the performers through an STD database. AIM on Monday called for a moratorium on straight porn shoots until all of the actors possibly exposed to HIV have been screened. The HIV scare extends to dozens of performers who've been placed on a voluntary quarantine list until it is confirmed that they haven't been infected, according to Adult Video News. James reportedly had sex with 14 porn actresses since his last negative HIV test, and they all have been placed on the quarantine list as well as nearly three dozen actors and actresses who subsequently had sex with those 14 women. Roxx, whose scene with James involved simultaneous anal intercourse with two men--neither of whom wore condoms--has had sex with three other male actors since her scene with James.

About a dozen adult film companies have halted production for 60 days until HIV testing is completed. "Most of the people I have talked to are cooperating [with the quarantine]. There are a few people that won't. But if I find out there is talent working, I won't ever hire them again," Jill Kelly, founder of Jill Kelly Productions, told the Los Angeles Times. "In the porn community itself, HIV is pretty much taken care of in the sense that we make sure everyone is tested."

Some adult film industry sources report that James was infected with HIV while in Brazil, and there are rumors that he had been engaging in sex with other men--rumors that infuriate LaRue. "I heard something about that he must have been having gay sex," LaRue told Advocate.com. "My hair is going to burn off my head, I'm so angry! AIDS is not a gay disease, so stop that line of talk right now. Stop trying to shift the blame and stop trying to skirt the issue. The issue is that you need to protect yourself."
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Adult film actors willing to work despite HIV scare

ROBERT JABLON

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LOS ANGELES - Adult movie actors said Friday they are willing to keep working in the multibillion-dollar industry despite an HIV scare, even as more producers joined a voluntary moratorium that has shut down many sets.

Meanwhile, the number of people potentially exposed to the AIDS virus grew to 65, said Sharon Mitchell, executive director of the nonprofit Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. Their names were posted on industry quarantine sites that effectively prevent them from working for two months until their next HIV tests are completed.

About a dozen porn production companies have halted shooting until at least June 8. Hustler Video and VCA Pictures announced Friday that they were halting work indefinitely.

"The main concern of both companies right now is for the health and well-being of the talent they work with," VCA publicist Mischa Allen said in a statement. A day earlier, Vivid Entertainment Group, the industry's largest studio, reversed a previous decision to continue shooting.

Mitchell said some smaller companies continued to operate and that many porn performers had a feeling that "it's not going to happen to them."

"Denial is the backbone of pornography," she said.

Some 80 actors and actresses flocked to the health foundation's Sherman Oaks headquarters Friday to get blood tests, up from 60 on a normal day, Mitchell said.

A 30-year-old newcomer who identified himself as Michael came in even though he had not worked with any of the actresses who potentially were exposed to HIV.

Michael, who said he got into the business for "money and sex," has performed several scenes without condoms but said he takes care to avoid risk.

Like other actors in the porn industry, Michael said he was not overly concerned about contracting sexually transmitted diseases from his work partners because "everyone's tested, everyone's clean."

He intends to continue working after the moratorium ends, as does Shay Sights, who has made more than 250 adult films. On Friday, Sights displayed her latest HIV test results, which were negative.

"I'm not super, super worried about it," she said. "The system's working very well. ... We've shot 11,000 movies a year, and this is the first time it's happened in four years."

"I think that the industry is safer than going out and bar-hopping," she said.

Nevertheless, she supports the moratorium and doesn't approve of companies that continued to produce work.

The scare began this week when it was announced that actor Darren James had tested positive for HIV, which he apparently contracted while shooting a porn film last month in Brazil.

Laura Roxx, a 22-year-old Canadian actress he worked with after returning to the United States, also has tested positive for HIV.

Bill Margold, a former porn agent who founded Protecting Adult Welfare, an outreach program for adult film industry workers, said he consoled the woman, who had worked in the industry only about three months.

"This woman was just absolutely in my arms quaking like a 10-pointer on the Richter scale," he said.

Performer Mark Anthony, a friend of James who is on the quarantine list, told the industry news magazine AVN that the HIV scare has shaken him.

"My feeling right now is that I'm considering not working anymore, not in front of the camera," he said. "Definitely, I'd never do a scene without a condom again. ... Being a porno actor is a high-risk activity."

Many of those associated with the adult film industry said condom-free shoots will remain commonplace despite the HIV scare.

In the heterosexual porn industry, movies with unprotected sex sell better, and that means the performers sometimes are paid more for such scenes. Actors in gay porn films routinely use condoms.

Vivid Entertainment Group makes condom-only movies. But for smaller niche market producers, if condoms are used, "their product doesn't sell," said Kat Sunlove, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, a San Fernando Valley-based trade association for the adult entertainment industry.

"It kills the fantasy," she said. "It's a dollars and cents issue."

Lauren Phoenix, a former stripper who has been in the adult movie industry for about a year, performs most of her scenes without a condom because she said they cause irritation, which reduces the number of scenes she can shoot.

She has canceled some upcoming shoots and will lose several thousand dollars in salary, she said. She also is reevaluating her adult film career.

"That was my career," she said. "It's very frightening, but not nearly as frightening as losing my life. No dollar amount is worth that."

The last industry HIV scare was in 1999, when a male actor tested positive for the disease. He no longer performs and no other actors were infected at the time.

Pornography, a $4 billion to $13 billion annual industry based largely in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, differs from the heavily regulated sex industry in nearby Nevada, where prostitutes are required to have regular HIV testing.

The porn industry polices itself, with most major production companies refusing to hire actors unless they can produce a clean blood test taken within the past month.

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County, said his agency lacks regulatory authority for the industry but has worked with producers and Mitchell's foundation on voluntary testing programs. He said adult film workers have no guarantee of protection.

Mitchell, of the health care foundation, warned that film producers would merely go underground if the government attempts to regulate the industry by requiring condoms.

"They wouldn't even test (for HIV)," she said.
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Peers Say Darren James Well-Liked, Respected
By: Dan Miller

CHATSWORTH, Calif. - Darren James is known throughout the adult film industry as a "gentleman."

The veteran performer that tested positive for HIV earlier this week "wouldn't hurt a fly," one well-known director told AVN.com Friday.

"The guy's like the nicest guy you could imagine," Evil Angel's Jules Jordan, who filmed James last year, said. "I'm sure there's people that know him a lot better than I do. I've definitely had some good conversations with him. I just hope the guy's alright."

That theme was repeated throughout the San Fernando Valley on Friday when AVN contacted several producers and performers who know James.

Performer Mr. Marcus told AVN.com that in his effort to contact James, he left him a message with "positive words."

"I'm worried about him because I haven't heard from him and I knew going into this that he saw things very negatively and that's not going to help his well being," he said.

Mr. Marcus, who has known James about four years, said he was trying to get a large group of performers together in the Valley Monday evening to "answer to some of the questions and to show solidarity for Darren."

"We want to find him. If he wants to contact us on the low-low, just a quick phone call that's fine," Mr. Marcus continued, adding that James developed a reputation as a respectful, easy-going performer.

"He came from the school of Sean Michaels: Respect your female performer. It got you farther in this business and you worked more often if you just appreciated the female you were working with," he added.

Gia Paloma knows that first hand. She met James in November and has worked him three times.

"He's very respectful toward women. He's very in tune to our feelings on camera and off camera," Paloma told AVN.com Friday.

Paloma said after one of the recent scenes that James helped her out of a jam with her car that had flat tires.

"He offered. I didn't even have to ask him," Paloma recalled. "He took me to a gas station and waited at the gas station with me and it wasn't like he was trying to get anything extra. ? I offered him money or to take him to dinner and he refused it.

"He just makes you feel very comfortable, puts off a lot of very good, positive vibes."

The recently retired performer Flick Shagwell was a roommate of James for six months, over two years ago.

"He's a great guy. He's a really great guy," Shagwell, who has known James for three years, said. "He's a decent caring guy. I worked with him back then and he was always a great guy to work with. He is really nice to the girl."

Shagwell has since fallen out of touch with James but knew of his progress in the industry.

"Up to now he was doing great for himself," she said. "He is one of the few decent guys in this business. He does have a good heart. I wish him the best?"

Long time friend T.T. Boy expressed told AVN.com that, ?I personally respect and admire Darren to no end. He?s one of the nicest guys I?ve ever met and one of the best performers I?ve even seen. He cares about his craft and it always showed in his work.?

Red Light District owner David Joseph, who is vacationing in Costa Rica, told AVN.com Friday, "I met him a handful of times and he's just been a gentlemen. He's the nicest guy. He's a pleasant man."

Joseph, who halted production at Red Light before he left, said he has been following the developments on the Internet. But today he saw a story about James on a Spanish-language newscast that even showed interview footage of AVN publisher Tim Connelly. Red Light's productions are on hold at least through the recommended quarantine period, he said.

James, who started performing in 1998 and just last year really became in demand with more than 250 titles now on his resume, signed a performance contract with Evasive Angles earlier this year.

"Someone told him this was a way for him to distinguish himself from the pack and what came from that was this. It's unfortunate that he didn't get a chance to get really shine," Mr. Marcus said.

Still, this occurrence has caused Mr. Marcus to take a closer look at his own career that has spanned close to a decade.

"This makes you question a lot of things. I have to take responsibility for my actions. I have to address them, definitely," Mr. Marcus said. "There's a misconception that you can't have a viable career going with condoms. My body of work includes everything that says you should have this disease. So you feel fortunate not to have received it.

"I'm different person, I've grown up. I'll be 34 this year. Hopefully I can help those people with a lot of the misconceptions."

Jordan summed up the sentiments of many.

"I think everybody's dazed right now," he said.
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James' Best Friend Mark Anthony Discusses Crisis; James Missing
By: Dan Miller
04-16-2004


LOS ANGELES - Adult performer Mark Anthony, who is one of Darren James' closest friends, told AVN.com Friday he does not know his whereabouts and is attempting to find him.

James was diagnosed HIV-positive earlier this week. He and Anthony traveled to Brazil together in late March to shoot several hardcore sex scenes.

"I've been calling him and been going by his apartment. I went into his apartment today. I'm getting worried," Anthony said. "He always returns my phone calls. I've never had a problem getting a hold of him. I'm sure he's taken it harder than anybody. Maybe he's just taking some time to get himself together."

Anthony said the last time he spoke with James was on Monday, and "he was pretty depressed."

Anthony continued, "I've known Darren for seven years and over that time he's become one of my best friends. I'm very sad about this whole situation that's going on and definitely I want to go on the record saying Darren is a good guy. He doesn't drink. He doesn't do any drugs. He's not gay and he doesn't do anything with transsexuals."

Anthony and James have traveled to both Canada and Brazil to perform and have also performed on the same set in Los Angeles several times. Anthony described their most recent trip to Brazil, where it is thought that James contracted the virus, was "pretty much business as usual."

"What I would say is that I've heard those comments that Brazil is a high-risk place for HIV and so I went on the Internet and did some research and I found out there's more cases of HIV in the U.S. than in Brazil so if Brazil is high risk, the U.S. is a higher risk," Anthony said.

He continued, "What Darren and I always do, when we return from the trip, we always go in (to AIM Healthcare) and get a new test. He got back on the 16th and he went in that same day and re-tested. I was in Brazil a little longer and I tested on the 20th of March.

"Darren is as safe as anybody else. He even went in early this time to take a new test."

Though the timeline strongly suggests that James became exposed to the virus in Brazil, Anthony said that another scenario could have happened.

"I would say there's a possibility that it wasn't in Brazil. The timeline also fits where it could be Los Angeles," he said.

Anthony, a seven-year veteran of adult films, said is unsure of his own future within the industry.

"I'm feeling pretty confused, a lot of emotions. Sometimes I feel angry about some of things that are being reported or said that I know are untrue. I feel sad for Darren, and sad for Laura Roxx and everybody that's affected on the list.

"My feeling right now is that I'm considering not working anymore, not in front of the camera. Definitely, I'd never do a scene without a condom again. I'm confused. I feel like it's not safe at all to work anywhere LA, Brazil, Europe, Japan. At one point I thought it was fairly safe. Now I realize it's not. Being a porno actor is a high-risk activity."

Anthony, clearly shaken by what is transpiring, added, "I know right now that everybody is panicking and trying to figure out what happened. Let's just try to get through this. Hopefully, there's no more positives and we get to what happened.

I would really suggest for people not to work right now because right now we don't really know where he got it from. It could be from here in LA. We also don't know who he may have passed it onto. We have to wait until we get all the results."

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