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HIV ‘Poz’ Performer Pauses Porn Production

According to various sources, an indefinite, immediate moratorium has been put on the adult film industry. Yet another performer may have tested positive for HIV. The name of the adult film actor has not yet been released. While these moratoriums may not be legally binding they nevertheless generally bring compliance within the adult film industry.

An anonymous source at a testing center in California would only say: “We have contracts with (the industry) but we don’t gossip.” She did, however, place the blame for incidents like this on “Vegas (because0 they don’t make them wear condoms there.”

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Adult Film Actors/Image: WebMD/Getty

Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult film industry, told the press: “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. We take the health of our performers very seriously and felt that it was better to err on the side of caution.”

This is the third moratorium in the past year brought on by HIV-related issues. In fact, the Free Speech Coalition declared a week-long filming stoppage last summer after adult film star Cameron Bay tested positive for HIV. Adult actor Rod Daily, her boyfriend, later told the press he too had tested positive.

Another moratorium was set into effect after a third performer tested positive for HIV. Studios resumed filming some time in September after establishing new policies requiring performers in the adult industry to be tested every two weeks instead of every 28 days.

A spokesperson for The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which fought to require condoms for adult actors in Los Angeles city and county, referred to this recent news as a “tragic” repeat of last year’s cases and added that it demonstrates the real need for statewide legislation.

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Adult films halted/Image: Changedlegal

An anonymous source who once worked in the California-based adult industry noted: “This problem won’t go away just by moving things to Vegas. Well, it’ll go away but you can bet not far enough.”

He added: “On the other hand, I knew the moment this went on a ballot that we were in for trouble. No matter how good your intentions are you don’t turn things into a political issue where every idiot who knows nothing about the industry gets to have a say.”

He concluded: “Yes, the coalition has opposed the Los Angeles County law (passed in 2012) that forced porn actors to use condoms. Well, no one likes to be told what to do. Lawmakers were just daring the studios to have the final say by pulling tax dollars and jobs out of the area. Sad but true.”

HIV ‘Poz’ Performer Pauses Porn Production

About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.