Porn industry issues filming moratorium after positive HIV test

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The porn industry has called for a moratorium on filming
after another adult performer allegedly tested positive for HIV this
week, making it the third such moratorium in the last year.http://ift.tt/1C9xn6x

Diane Duke, the president of the adult industry organization the Free
Speech Coalition (FSC), called for the moratorium on shooting today
after one of the testing facilities reported that an adult performer had
tested positive for HIV, the L.A. Times reports. Performers are typically tested every 14 days to be cleared for production.

The FSC has released the following statement on its blog:

“There was a positive test at one of our testing centers. 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,” said FSC 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.”

The next steps will be to perform additional tests, determine a timeline, and identify any first generation partners.

“We want to make sure all performers are protected. The performers’ health and safety is the most important thing,” Duke added.

As of this notice, FSC calls for all production to halt immediately, until further notice.

This moratorium marks the third time this year that shooting has been
suspended as a result of an industry member testing positive for HIV.
Last August, the FSC also called for a moratorium after adult performer Cameron Bay and her boyfriend Rod Daily, also an adult performer, tested positive for HIV. A second moratorium was also issued the following month, after a third performer tested positive for the virus.

Since then, the industry has changed its testing standards, requiring
performers to be tested for HIV and other STIs every 14 days rather than
every 28 days, as was the case before 2013.

For the most part, performers do not wear condoms on set. AB 1576, a statewide bill requiring condom use during porn shoots, was indefinitely suspended in the California state assembly earlier this month. Many industry members fought vigorously
against the bill’s passage, arguing that the legislation infringed on
their civil liberties and that current industry testing standards were
sufficient in protecting the health and safety of performers.

The Daily Dot has reached out to the FSC for comment, and we will update this story as it develops.

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