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Positive HIV Test Halts Production at 5 Porn Companies, More Shutdowns Expected

Porngraphic video tapes are on display at the 5th Annual Adult Entertainment Trade Show July 14, 2001 in Los Angeles (David McNew/Getty Images)
David McNew
Porngraphic video tapes are on display at the 5th Annual Adult Entertainment Trade Show July 14, 2001 in Los Angeles (David McNew/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Southern California's multibillion-dollar porn industry has been thrown into shutdown mode after an actor tested positive for HIV.

At least five adult entertainment studios have suspended filming as the industry awaits more news and testing, says Steven Hirsch, founder of Vivid Entertainment Group, one of the companies shut down. More companies are expected to follow suit.

The discoverywas made at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, a Sherman Oaks clinic that caters to pornographic actors. The actor's identity and gender have not been released. Performers who had contact with the infected person are still being notified and tested.

The anonymous performer's positive HIV test is the first to be reported since last year when an adult-film actress was infected with the virus. According to the Los Angeles Times, no one else was infected

The last major scare was in 2004 when former porn star Darren James was found to have contracted the virus, infecting three other performers.