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Porn Companies Again Halt Production After Male Performer Tests HIV-Positive

A group of porn producers for the third time has issued a temporary production moratorium after a performer tested positive for HIV.

Porn industry expert Mike South reported Friday that the infected performer is a male on the “straight side of the biz” but not a “high level performer.”

The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) called for the production halt on Friday after a STD testing center for adult film actors in Los Angeles reported the positive HIV result.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein, a vociferous critic of porn companies, called for L.A. County to better enforce an ordinance requiring porn produced within the county to require the use of condoms during anal and vaginal intercourse that was passed by voters earlier this year.

Whether this performer was infected in L.A. County or not, this latest news begs the question: how many people need to become infected with HIV for the County of Los Angeles to engage actively in implementing the will of the voters of LA county to protect these performers?

The willful disregard by the County of Los Angeles and the Industry for the health and welfare of people is becoming more and more apparent. The industry as a whole, and the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health should be ashamed.

In September, Diane Duke of FSC was quoted as saying: “People have personal lives. All the evidence suggests that these infections were not workplace-related. We’re not against condoms. We’re against condoms being mandatory.”

“Our performers,” she added, “prefer not to use condoms.”