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CEO: Quarantines In Effect After HIV Scare In Porn Biz

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The founder of one of the biggest production companies in adult films says that several actors are being isolated amid a potential HIV outbreak that threatens to bring down California’s multibillion-dollar porn industry.

Vivid Films Founder Steven Hirsch Speaks With KFWB’s Maggie McKay

Vivid Entertainment Group and Wicked Pictures were among the companies that announced production halts as a precaution.

“From Vivid’s perspective, there was no question that when we heard this, we immediately shut down production and said let’s get the facts and evaluate them before we move forward,” Steven Hirsch, the founder of Vivid, one of the largest makers of adult films, said Wednesday.

“Adult entertainment companies act responsibly, and no one wants to see another person test positive if there’s anything they can do to stop it,” he said.

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