Karen Ocamb

LA Porn Industry Stops Filming After Performer Tests HIV+

Filed By Karen Ocamb | August 31, 2011 8:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: free speech, porn industry, safe sex

durex-condom.jpgThe porn industry group Free Speech Coalition alerted LA-based porn studios on Monday that a performer had tested positive for HIV, the LA Times reported. As a result, the studios temporarily shut down production while testing is conducted on actors known to have performed with the potentially infected adult film star, as well as their subsequent sex partners.

"Until we know for sure, we've asked the industry to have a moratorium on production," Diane Duke, Free Speech Coalition's executive director told The Times. She apparently became aware of the possible HIV case on Saturday but wouldn't release any identifying information because of medical privacy laws. Additionally, the performer tested HIV positive in another state.

"Retesting and confirmation is underway as is the process of identifying and testing first- and second-generation partners," Duke told The Times.

Though California performers are supposed to be tested every 30 days and prove they are HIV negative before they perform, these are only voluntary industry standards. Since actor Derrick Burts, who worked in gay and straight porn, tested HIV positive last year, he has been working with AIDS Healthcare Foundation to place an initiative on the June 2012 ballot to require that performers use condoms or else the porn filmmakers would be denied an L.A. city filming permit.

"How many performers must become infected with HIV and other serious STDs before the industry will clean up its act and government will do the right thing?" AHF President Michael Weinstein told The Times, adding that the HIV infection reported by the Free Speech Coalition shows an "outrageous disregard for the health and safety of performers and the community at large."

AHF must gather 41,138 valid signatures by Dec. 23 to qualify their initiative for the June ballot.

(Crossposted at LGBT POV. Img src)

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