Porn Industry Shuts Down As Yet Another Adult Film Performer Tests HIV-Positive

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Another adult film actor has tested HIV-positive, making this anonymous person the fifth case in the industry this year. Filming has shut down for a third time since this summer as doctors trace the outbreak. The Free Speech Coalition, which is a trade group for the porn industry, announced the halt on filming on Friday.

“We are taking every precaution while we do research to determine if there’s been any threat to the performer pool,” said Free Speech Coalition CEO Diane Duke. “We take the health of our performers very seriously, and felt that it was better to err on the side of caution while we determine whether anyone else may have been exposed.” All coworkers this anonymous person has come in contact with on and off set have been notified so they can be tested as well. 

Over a year ago, using condoms in porn became mandatory at the hands of Los Angeles County voters.  Eventually, parts of the law were found to be unconstitutional, although condoms are still mandated. Nevertheless, the mandate seems to not be fully enforced.

The first moratorium on filming in the adult industry happened August, after adult film actress Cameron Bay tested positive for HIV. A few days after the industry declared that all the actors who performed with Bay were clear, her boyfriend, Rod Daily, announced that he’d also tested positive for HIV. Two days after Daily announced his test results, a third adult film actor — an anonymous man — tested HIV-positive and the industry shut down again. It’s unclear how long this current shutdown will last.

According to the coalition, adult film performers prefer mandatory biweekly STI testing — which tests for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis — to wearing condoms onscreen. In an explanation of the moratorium on filming, the Free Speech Coalition addresses adult film actors’ dislike of condoms:

Unfortunately, condoms aren’t perfect. They break. In the shoots that can take several hours, they can cause abrasions known as “condom rash,” which, paradoxically, can make it easier to transmit an infection if one does break. For this and a host of other reasons, performers generally prefer to rely on the testing system over condoms.

There’s also the belief that the use of condoms tends to lead to a decline in film sales.

But the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which wrote the condom mandate law, said testing is not enough and the adult film industry will only be safe if condoms area always worn. In a statement on Friday, the president of the foundation questioned:

“How many more performers need to become infected for the industry to comply with existing regulations and laws requiring workplace safety?”

[ABC News]
[CBS News]
[Huffington Post]

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