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Los Angeles Porn Industry Shuts Down After Actor Tests HIV Positive

| by Michael Allen

The Los Angeles Times reports that an unnamed adult film performer has tested positive for HIV, causing a temporary shutdown of the Los Angeles adult film industry. The Free Speech Coalition, a porn industry trade group, prompted the shutdown while further testing is performed to confirm the results.

The Free Speech Coalition will not say how they became aware of the HIV results. Once confirmation is achieved, the group says that they will attempt to contact everyone that the performer has had sex with.

The infected performer has yet to be named and was tested at an out-of-state facility.

The adult industry has long claimed that mandatory 30-day tests are sufficient to keep performers safe from infections.

This is the second case of HIV in the adult industry this year. Derrick Burts tested HIV positive in December 2010 and has since become a vocal supporter for condoms in the porn industry.

Burts is working with the L.A. Based AIDS Healthcare Foundation to pass a 2012 ballot measure requiring adult performers, in Los Angeles County, to use condoms.

The former performer intends to submit a petition with 41,138 signatures in order to put the issue up for a public vote in June of 2012.