After a scary quarantine rocked California’s adult film industry—that at least four major studios participated in—Vivid Entertainment is now back up and running, thanks to confirmed results that no one else has contracted HIV.
“We made the decision to halt production as the health and well-being of our performers is of utmost importance to us,” says Vivid’s founder Steven Hirsch. “We can now confirm that all performers who were on the quarantine list as a result of being exposed to the HIV-positive performer have gone through two rounds of testing, and the results are negative.”
The announcement comes after the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) Healthcare Foundation reported that the last of the test results were in, and one of “Patient Zeta’s” partners had contracted the virus. AIM General Manager Jennifer Miller noted, “This event affirms the efficacy of AIM Healthcare Foundation’s testing protocols, as voluntarily implemented by the adult entertainment industry. The protocols and other industry practices have resulted in only one incident of HIV transmission on set in more than a decade. That is a remarkable record. AIM Healthcare Foundation is proud of its contribution to the health and well-being of the adult industry and wider community.”
A new kind of adult film industry may be brewing, as a Swedish porn mogul has announced plans to open luxury hotels that couples can stay at for free—as long as they agree to having their sexual relations broadcast live on the Web.
Berth Milton Jr.—son of the man some claim started the whole hardcore thing in the 1960s—believes one sex hotel could generate up to $43.8 million—in a single year. He’s been doing research in swingers clubs in Barcelona, but he insists that his hotels won’t just be an environment where everyone’s “running around naked.” Non-swingers will be invited as well, as the draw would be real people having real sex, as opposed to the “over-the-top” experience of hardcore.
Milton Junior also thinks that people will one day look back on this moment and see the start of something big. “The important thing is to go all the way—not halfway or a third of the way,” says Milton—of his hotels, not potential guests. We imagine he’ll let them go any way they want.
A long, hard road in Saskatchewan has inspired locals to make a long, nude calendar. The project sold 3,000 naked datebooks around the world, and raised awareness about fixing a highway so bad that ambulance drivers refuse to go there for fear of getting in a wreck.
Eleven men and one woman from Leader, Sask. (population 900), posed for the calendar organized by local pharmacist Gord Stueck, in attempt to garner the attention of the local government. “Please Free Willy,” reads the caption to one calendar shot. “Nothing else has worked for HWY 32.” Since the success of the project, profits have also gone towards putting a new roof on the local community hall, and local leaders have stepped up and repaired the bumpy road. Just goes to show—now and then, porn can save the world.