According to the AP, the adult film industry announced a moratorium on the making of adult films Wednesday after an actor tested positive for HIV.
Reports The Urban Daily:
The performer was not immediately identified and officials didn’t say when the positive test was recorded.
The actor’s sex partners are reportedly being tested by doctors with Adult Production Health and Safety Services, which works with the porn industry.
Diane Duke, executive director of the industry trade group the Free Speech Coalition,
“The moratorium will be lifted once the risk of transmission has been eliminated, the actor is not believed to have been infected on a film set.”
Last year a similar moratorium was put in place after nearly a dozen performers were infected during a syphilis outbreak.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation successfully lobbied voters last year to adopt an ordinance requiring actors use condoms in the making of most adult films.
Says their leader Among them was Michael Weinstein,
“How many adult film performers have to become infected with an array of preventable sexually transmitted diseases — including HIV, which is not curable — before the adult film industry actually complies with the law requiring condom use?”
Since the ordinance’s adoption, county officials have said they are investigating one violation.
Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, who is pushing for the state to adopt a similar law, called Wednesday’s news “devastating and preventable.”
“Exposing workers to this type of harm would not be accepted in any other industry in this nation.”
The industry, which says its audience does not want to see condoms, is currently fighting the Los Angeles County measure in court. A federal judge ruled last week that the measure is constitutional industry officials promised to appeal.
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