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According to what Los Angeles health officials, 16 unpublicized cases of HIV among porn actors since 2004 raise new concerns about AIDS in the adult film industry.

This came out after a request for information by the Los Angeles Times, which reported that an unidentified actress had tested positive last week.

The porn film industry had said it was the first case since 2004 outbreak.

Actually, 22 performers have tested positive, including last week’s case and five in 2004, according to the numbers released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Since the 2004 outbreak, in which a male star infected three actresses and another performer also tested positive, the adult film industry has required regular testing for porn actors.

Most of that testing is conducted by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, which issues work certificates to the performers who test negative.

The problem which is pointed is that the unnamed actress first tested positive for HIV on June 4, worked the following day before taking second and third tests.

The second test was also positive and results of the third were pending, according to AIM Healthcare.

“AIM Healthcare has never been cooperative with us and our investigations,” Dean Fryer, on of the spokesmen for the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, told the paper, adding that the clinic had refused to name the actress or her employer.

In a statement on its website, AIM Healthcare said it was still awaiting “final confirmation” that the actress was positive for HIV.

The $12-billion-a-year (U.S.) porn industry, which is largely centered in the San Fernando Valley suburbs of Los Angeles, includes about 200 production companies that employ about 1,200 actors.

Since 2004, 1,357 porn performers have tested positive for gonorrhea and 15 for syphilis, according to county health data cited by the Times.

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