PORNO BREAK

Porn Industry Halts Production After Actor Tests Positive For HIV

porn-pic2The adult film industry has announced a moratorium on making pornos after an unidentified actor tested positive for HIV. The performer’s sexual partners are currently being tested by doctors with Adult Production Health and Safety Services, which works with the porn industry.

According to Diane Duke, executive director of the industry trade group the Free Speech Coalition, the actor was not believed to have been infected on a film set. “The moratorium will be lifted once the risk of transmission has been eliminated,”  Duke told the Associated Press in an e-mail.

Though Los Angeles County passed a measure requiring adult film actors to wear condoms while on the job, some studios have been openly flouting the law by filming outside county lines. Also, last year, the industry put a similar moratorium in place following a syphilis outbreak that affected over a dozen performers. This latest moratorium has renewed the ire of porno opponents, including Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which helped lobby for the latex law.

“How many adult film performers have to become 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?” Weinstein asked in a statement.

The porn industry, however, is fighting the LA County measure in court, claiming that their audience doesn’t want to see condoms. Last week a federal judge ruled the law constitutional, though industry officials vowed to appeal. Meanwhile, Assemblyman Isadore Hall III is pushing for a similar law to be adopted statewide.

“Exposing workers to this type of harm would not be accepted in any other industry in this nation,” said Hall, adding that the recent HIV infection was “devastating and preventable.”

Is the porn industry, right, though? Do you really mind if your porn stars wrap it up on camera?