L.A. Porn Industry Back In Action After Brief Pause Due To HIV Scare

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September 1, 2014 12:37pm PST

L.A.’s extremely lucrative adult film industry shut down for the third time this year last week, when an unnamed porn star tested positive for HIV. As Mr. Conservative reported earlier, industry officials were adamant about evaluating each of the other adult film actors who were known to have had sexual contact with the infected individual, before resuming any more shoots. The moratorium didn’t last long though, as the cameras began rolling once again today.

Free Speech Coalition, the national trade association for the adult film industry, has announced that the initial positive HIV test turned out to be a false alarm. Diane Duke, a spokeswoman for the association, said in a statement:

“Production on adult film can resume safely. We understand that a moratorium is nerve-wracking for performers and difficult for producers. However, it’s essential that when it comes to performer safety, we err on the side of caution. While opponents of the industry often use our periodic moratoriums as evidence that adult sets are not safe, quite the opposite is true. Moratoriums have and continue to enable us to prevent HIV from being transmitted between adult performers.”

(Read More: Porn Star Ends The Career Of Congressman’s Chief of Staff)

It has been more than ten years since an adult film actor contracted HIV on the set of a porn flick, thanks to heightened awareness and stricter testing guidelines in the industry.

L.A.’s adult film industry has taken a devastating hit since a bill was passed by voters in 2012 requiring porn stars to wear condoms on set. As a result, film permits for porn have slid by 90% since the law was enacted. Most productions have uprooted and moved to Las Vegas, where they are free to film all of the unprotected sex they desire.

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H/T: Mashable

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