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Adult film production allowed to resume after performer cleared of HIV

August 29, 2014

By Susan Abram, Daily News, Los Angeles



Aug. 29--A day-old moratorium that called on adult-film studios to halt production after a performer was suspected of testing positive for HIV was lifted Friday, a trade group for the industry announced.

"The performer does not have HIV," according to a brief statement from the Canoga Park-based Free Speech Coalition.

"Yesterday's potentially positive HIV test by an adult performer was a false positive," according to the statement. "Additionally, the first-generation performers who were tested proactively have also come back negative. Production on adult film can resume safely."

The coalition called for the moratorium after one of the testing facilities in its system reported a possible positive HIV test for an adult performer.

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.

But the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has been aggressively pushing for enforcement of L.A. County's condoms-in-porn law, Measure B, has been critical of the industry's self-testing standards.

"The moratorium and testing system has enabled us to prevent any transmission of HIV on an adult film set for over 10 years," according to a statement from the Free Speech Coalition. "While opponents of the industry often use our periodic moratoriums as evidence that adult sets are not safe, quite the opposite is true. Moratoriums have and continue to enable us to prevent HIV from being transmitted between adult performers."

Diane Duke, executive director for the Free Speech Coalition, said the moratoriums are called as a safety precaution. The moratoriums are voluntary, but she said most production companies work with the coalition.

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