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Los Angeles Porn Industry Stonewalls Health Investigators

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04/16/11 06:23 PM ET   AP

LOS ANGELES -- Health officials say porn producers are dodging questions and slowing down an investigation into a case of HIV that shuttered production at several companies last year.

The Los Angeles Times reports that health officials are struggling to make headway on a probe, a process that is usually much more efficient when there is a disease outbreak.

In a report obtained by the newspaper, Dr. Francisco Meza says adult film companies refuse to cooperate with the investigation, and stage names for performers make it difficult to track down partners.

Adult film performer Derrick Burts came forward about his HIV diagnosis in October and says he had sex with 16 men and women.

Investigators are having trouble figuring out who those people are because production companies haven't provided identifying information.

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