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Porn Star Tests Positive for HIV: Industry Believes HIV was not Contracted on Set

Update Date: Aug 22, 2013 12:12 PM EDT
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The porn industry was hit with one of the scariest cases this week. A male porn actor tested positive for HIV. Since this discovery, the adult film industry has announced that filming will be momentarily halted until it is safe for the actors to resume productions. However, the industry does not believe that the infection occurred on set.

The HIV case was confirmed by the Free Speech Coalition, which is a national trade association for the porn industry. Even though the coalition announced the HIV case, it did not provide any more information on when the discovery was made or how the HIV-positive male actor has been affected. The coalition did, however, call for a moratorium on all porn productions. The group has stated that it will work with a doctor associated with the Adult Production Health and Safety Services (APHSS) to control the situation. They are currently testing fellow actors who came into contact with the HIV-positive actor. They will also order additional tests to confirm that the actor is indeed HIV-positive.

"[We will] contact and treat performers for any possible exposure involving the primary patient," the coalition stated.

"Because of the rigorous APHSS protocols, the situation was accessed quickly and - most importantly - action was taken to ensure the protocols were followed," Diane Duke, the Chief Executive of the coalition added according to the LA Times.

This recent discovery has angered agencies that press the porn industry to implement regulations that would keep the actors safe. Just last year, the Los Angeles County had implemented a law that required all movies filmed within this region to utilize condoms.

"How many adult film performers have to be infected with an array of preventable sexually transmitted diseases - including HIV, which is not curable - before the porn industry actually complies with the law requiring condom use," Michael Weinstein from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said in a statement according to FOX News.

"Exposing workers to this type of harm would not be accepted in any other industry in this nation," Democratic Assemblyman, Isadore Hall III said. Hall III stated that the news was "devastating and preventable."

Despite this situation, the porn industry is fighting the Los Angeles County measure that requires condoms. The industry states that its audience does not like to see condoms. In the meantime, the coalition has stated that production will resume once the risk of transmission is controlled. 

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