California porn film industry refuses to play ball with health officials

April 17th, 2011 - 3:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Los Angeles, Apr 17 (ANI): California health officials have not been able to complete an investigation into the prevalence of HIV in the porn film industry as the latter has refused to cooperate, say reports.

Porn actor Derrick Burts reported last October that he had been diagnosed with HIV, which led to a widespread shutdown of production and launched the investigation by health officials.

The report, by Dr. Francisco Meza, a physician with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, illustrated how public health officials have been unable to conduct an investigation due to limited cooperation from the adult film industry.

“Limited cooperation from many adult film industry companies restricted this contact investigation. Rarely did industry legal counsel give information for investigation,” the report said.

Making the investigation difficult is the refusal of adult film companies to cooperate and the prolific use of pseudonyms by performers, which can make it difficult to know the real names of Burts’ sex partners, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Of 16 known sex partners in the two months leading to his diagnosis, state officials have only been able to identify five and none are willing to cooperate with the investigation. (ANI)

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