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Porn crisis as star tests positive for HIV in US.

The American pornography industry was in crisis amid fears that an HIV epidemic could have spread among its stars yesterday.

Top figures in the business are calling for all adult movie production to halt for two months amid the scare.

In the US the porn business is believed to be worth billions of dollars every year and its stars are frequently monitored for HIV.

For four years not a single porn star tested positive, but earlier this month entertainer Darren James was found to have HIV.

It is now feared the San Fernando-based entertainer may be just one of many infected stars.

A dozen women he has appeared with on film recently are currently being tested. They may have been infected and, in turn, infected other actors.

James has starred in so-called 'gonzo porn' for the last six years, in which condoms are not used.

He has been screened for HIV every three weeks since 1998, but his latest test came back positive earlier this week.

The Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation (AIM) called for production on adult movies to cease for two months, allowing time for all stars to be tested and results returned.

The proposal has been seconded by the industry's trade publication, Adult Video News.

AIM chief and former porn star, Sharon Mitchell, was sceptical as to whether all in the industry would comply.

'It would be nice to have the two months, but we're dealing with pornography,' she told Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety.

'We're in an industry making a living by peddling flesh.
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