Porn Industry Shuts Again with New Case of HIV

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December 7, 2013 1:28pm PST

The porn industry sustained another major blow in the ongoing debate over whether condoms should be used by actors when performing sex acts. Another performer recently tested positive for HIV. The performer reportedly did heterosexual scenes and was not known to be a “high level” star. This scenario has played out within the the adult entertainment industry several times in recent months. In most cases, much of production comes to a halt while the cause of HIV infection is traced back to its origins and entry point in the industry.

LA-based, AIDS Healthcare Foundation chief Michael Weinstein said in a statement, “AHF is saddened by the news of yet another adult performer having been infected with HIV. We hope that this person seeks care immediately, and that others were not exposed.”

Diane Duke, CEO of a trade group that represents the industry called the Free Speech coalition called for a moratorium on filming after the performer was discovered to have be infected with HIV. “We are taking every precaution while we do research to determine if there’s been any threat to the performer pool.” She went on to say, “We want to make sure all performers are protected. The performers’ health and safety is the most important thing.”

The adult film industry came to a screeching halt in September when another 4 actors tested positive for the disease. Rod Daily and Cameron Bay came forward to admit that they had the disease and were taking steps to begin treatment. At one point, there was even speculation that Sydney Leathers – who made her porn debut after exposing Anthony Wiener’s latest indiscretions – may have contracted HIV from another performer.

Los Angeles county included a question on the ballot about a year ago so that voters could decide whether condoms should be used during LA-based pornography productions. Measure B was approved by voters. The LA County Council also gave preliminary approval to this measure. Since that point, porn studios have been running for the hills. “Fewer people are shooting (adult film) in L.A. County, and some have moved to other areas around California or other states,” Dukes said.

Leaders in the industry say that condom regulation will lead to a long-term impact on LA’s local economy.

Should local government require studios to protect their actors with condom requirements or will it hamper the local economy over the long-term? Let us know in the comments below.

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