HIV-Positive Porn Star Freezes Adult Film Industry

An HIV-positive test result from an adult film actor has led a prominent industry trade association to call for an indefinite moratorium on the production of pornographic films.

The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), a non-profit organization that opposes censorship of the adult entertainment industry, confirmed the performer’s positive test results for HIV but it has not released his or her name or revealed when the test was recorded.

According to Diane Duke, FSC’s execute director, the actor is not believed to have contracted the virus while on an adult movie set.

“The moratorium will be lifted once the risk of transmission has been eliminated,” Duke said.

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Adult film sources have confirmed that performers who were in movies with the HIV-positive actor are being tested by doctors with Adult Production Health and Safety Services (APHSS), an STD testing service for the porn industry.

Opponents of the adult film industry responded to this latest development by sharply criticizing what they believe is the porn industry’s relatively relaxed attitude regarding the use of prophylactics.

“How many adult film performers have to become infected with an array of preventable sexually transmitted diseases – including HIV, which is incurable, before the porn industry actually complies with the law regarding condom use,” Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation said in a statement.

The adult film industry has been concerned with HIV since the virus was first identified in the 1980s. The spread of HIV within the industry during the ’80s caused the deaths of several adult actors and led to the establishment of a mandatory HIV testing system for performers. An HIV-positive porn star in today’s adult film industry causes an immediate shutdown of production to isolate any at-risk performers and limit the scope of any potential outbreaks.

Due to advancement in HIV testing, it is now easy and inexpensive to test for the virus. The adult industry requires that all performers get tested regularly. To begin the process of becoming an adult performer, the first step is to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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