Lara Roxx

Lara Roxx (born December 12, 1982) is the former stage name of the Canadian former pornographic actress who, in March 2004, became the first known individual in four years to contract HIV while making a U.S. pornographic video.

Roxx became famous in 2004 at age 21, after being exposed to HIV while doing a pornographic scene with Darren James. She allegedly contracted the disease just two months after doing her first scene, a double anal. Roxx said previously that she relied on the industry’s HIV standards to ensure her safety.

James and Roxx have been banned from any further porn production in the US. At the end of April 2004, it was confirmed that Jessica Dee and Miss Arroyo, after having worked with James, also tested positive for HIV.

Roxx, upon learning about James’ being HIV-positive, said, “It totally made me realize how I trusted this system that wasn’t to be trusted at all, because it obviously doesn’t work,” and “I thought porn people were the cleanest people in the world.”

This outbreak, the first in four years, led to a voluntary moratorium on porn production for 30 days (60 days was originally announced), starting in April 2004, while it confirmed all possible contacts among porn performers. No adult video production companies were required to comply.

Roxx appeared on Entertainment Tonight, in an ABC special.

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