ADULT’S TOP STAR JENNA JAMESON STARTS FUND TO HELP PERFORMERS HIT BY HIV SCARE
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA ” (April 16, 2004) ” Leading adult actress Jenna Jameson and her husband, producer Jay Grdina, have launched the Adult Industry Assistance Fund to help out performers idled by the HIV scare that has shut down much of the adult industry.
Jameson and Grdina and their company, ClubJenna, Inc. are also hoping that other production companies will contribute to AIAF. Further information is available at www.adultfund.com. Contributions by check may be sent to AIAF c/o ClubJenna, Inc., 8390 East Via de Ventura, Suite F-110 – 258, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.
“Jenna and I have made a substantial contribution to launch this fund, which will provide some bridge cash to actresses and actors who have been thrown out of work because of the precautionary measures nearly everyone is taking,” said Grdina, who is also known by his professional name, Justin Sterling.
“We will work with other industry leaders to set up criteria for distributing the money we raise, but essentially it will go to people who are in dire financial straits because they have been quarantined themselves, or have lost their jobs because productions they were working on have been shut down. Lots of people in our industry live from paycheck to paycheck, and it is only fair for us to try to help out,” he said.
After two XXX performers tested positive for HIV this week, the adult industry has largely shut down active filming, following a request from the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM) for a 60-day moratorium.
On Thursday Ms. Jameson issued a call for tighter self-regulation of the XXX movie industry in order to head off the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among adult performers. She issued a statement saying: “The fact is that the adult industry as a whole has been remarkably free of STDs and HIV, considering that sex is what we do for a living. We must do even more to prevent it from taking root among performers. The incidence of HIV in the adult industry is far lower than in the population as a whole, and we need to adopt stricter restrictions for our industry to keep it that way. I think that any performer coming into the United States from abroad, including American nationals who have worked outside the country, should have a ‘quarantine’ period in which they must wait at least 60 days before beginning work again in the adult industry.”
About Jenna Jameson: According to Rolling Stone, Jenna Jameson is the actress who “put the star in porn star,” and to New York Magazine she’s a “cultural icon.” Recognized by Adult Video News as the leading female adult star of all time, she has won virtually every honor the adult industry bestows. Her highly anticipated book on her life and sexual adventures for the ReganBooks imprint of HarperCollins, Hearthbreaker: A Life in Porn, will be published in June. Her E! True Hollywood Story profile was one of its highest-rated E! shows of 2003. She has had numerous mainstream movie and television roles, has hosted E!’s ‘Wild On’ program, has made countless television appearances and has debated and won at Oxford University in England. Jenna Jameson is the chairwoman of ClubJenna, Inc., a product licensing and Internet management firm that handles the Web activities for more than a dozen adult stars. Her films are produced by her own production company and are distributed by Vivid Entertainment Group, which has selected her as a Vivid Girl. Jenna, who began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl, has appeared in more than 1,000 magazines articles and graced approximately 400 magazine covers from Playboy, New York, Esquire and Penthouse to Glamour, Paper, Cosmopolitan, Allure and Jane. FHM ranks her as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Girls in the World.