Two gay porn actors have been diagnosed with HIV, one almost certainly infecting the other during a shoot in Nevada where officials say testing standards were lower than the industry standards.
They had both tested negative before completing two shoots. But in the time between testing and completing the scenes, HIV levels rose in one of them.
“In this case, the actor and production company thought he was HIV-negative during filming,” the California Department of Public Health said in a statement Monday. “Shortly after his negative test, HIV levels in his body rose rapidly to where he could infect other actors through unprotected sex.”
The states of Nevada and California do not require porn actors to be tested for HIV, and while the industry standard is to screen for the disease, the test they were using doesn’t detect the virus as early as ones used where protocol is tighter.
“Not only did this leave those who participated at risk, it made it much harder to track scene partners once the possible infection was discovered,” The Free Speech Coalition, a California-based trade group for the adult film industry said in a statement.
This is the last confirmed on-set HIV infection since 2004, after which the porn industry adopted a monthly screening standard for STI’s. They began testing every 14 days after a porn actress contracted HIV off-set last year.
via SF Gate