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Porn actor tests positive for HIV, adult film production shut down nationwide

August 28, 2014

By Susan Abram, Daily News, Los Angeles

Aug. 28--Adult-film studios locally and nationwide were asked to halt production Thursday after a performer tested positive for HIV, a trade group for the industry announced.

The Free Speech Coalition, the Canoga Park-based trade group for the adult-film industry, called for the moratorium after one of the testing facilities in its testing system reported a possible positive HIV test for an adult performer.

"There was a positive test at one of our testing centers," Diane Duke, the executive director for the Free Speech Coalition, said in a statement. "Confirmatory tests are not yet back but we are taking every precaution to protect performers and to determine if there's been any threat to the performer pool. 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."

Duke said the next steps will be to perform additional tests, determine a timeline and identify any first-generation partners.

The moratorium comes just two weeks after a closely watched bill failed to pass a Senate committee. Assembly Bill 1576, authored by Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton), would have expanded workplace protections for all adult film workers by requiring the use of condoms and other barrier protections during production shoots anywhere in California. The bill also would have further supported the state's Occupational Safety and Health Act's safety standards.

Cal/OSHA is tasked with enforcing the state's existing condom requirement, but the workplace safety agency mostly responds to complaints, and Hall has said adult film workers rarely complain if they believe it will mean they can't work.

Adult film production has been halted from time to time by the industry itself when cases of a sexually transmitted infection have either been suspected or confirmed. There were three such moratoriums last year.

In 2004, filming in what was then the largely Valley-based adult film industry halted after four performers tested positive for HIV, which led to 50 people being quarantined because of possible exposure.

Since then, the adult film industry has worked to self-regulate and increase testing procedures for performers. Duke has said HIV-positive cases are rare.

But the testing standards have come under criticism from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The foundation introduced and supported Measure B, which passed in November 2012 and requires condoms be used in all adult filming. Studios that violate the law and do not apply for permits or require condoms could face civil fines and criminal charges, however, it has not been enforced.

The Free Speech Coalition asked that all production halt immediately, until further notice.

The group's call for a moratorium is voluntary, but the bigger players in the industry generally work with the coalition.


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