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HIV-Positive Porn Performer Leads to Industry Shutdown

| by Emily Smith

The Free Speech Coalition, the adult film industry’s trade group, placed a national moratorium on porn production Friday after announcing at least four performers had tested HIV-positive.

The moratorium was placed on production indefinitely.

“We are taking every precaution while we do research to determine if there’s been any threat to the performer pool,” Free Speech Coalition CEO Diane Duke said. “We take the health of our performers very seriously.”

Duke added that the next step is to determine a timeline and identify first-generation performers who tested positive. It is uncertain whether the unidentified fourth performer contracted HIV on set or not.

The group has said it will now require STD testing of performers every 14 days.

In November of 2012, Los Angeles voters passed a mandate requiring performers to use condoms in porn — a mandate that the industry pushed back against.

“We’re not against condoms,” Duke said. “We’re against condoms being mandatory.”

AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein asked in a statement Friday how many more performers needed to be diagnosed before the industry and the County of Los Angeles enforced the mandate.

Weinstein added that the County should be ashamed of itself.

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Guardian