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Nationwide moratorium placed on porn production in the U.S. after possible case of HIV transmission

April 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Nationwide moratorium placed on porn production in the U.S. after possible case of HIV transmission

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Porn purveyors are requesting an immediate hold on porn production after an adult film performer reportedly tested HIV-positive.

The unnamed actor had not worked on a porn set during the window of transmission and “had not participated in fluid exchange shoots since their last negative test,” but the Free Speech Coalition urged that porn producers should cease filming until additional information is revealed, including whether the examination might have been a false positive.

“The test has not been confirmed, and we will know whether or not it is a false positive in several days,” the group stated in a statement on Saturday. “If it is a false positive, the hold will be lifted Wednesday.”

The trade association will also start proactively informing and re-testing other performers who may have had contact with the individual, ABC7 reported.

“Production holds are an important part of safety protocols in adult film, but does not signal an on-set transmission, nor a positive test,” the statement added. “The adult film industry has not seen an on-set transmission on a PASS-regulated set in over a decade.”

The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee also promoted the call for a “temporary industry-wide” hold on production.

“The performer is being re-tested to establish whether the result was a false-positive or if there is a need for further testing,” a statement released by the group stated. “Based on the genealogy, there is low-risk to the performer pool.”

The advocacy organization is also urging fellow actors and actresses to “show compassion” for the individual awaiting test results and to not speculate about his or her identity.

“This request to honor the production hold is made for the safety of our community and for performers’ individual safety,” the statement added. “APAC is asking that all adult performers honor the production hold and treat each other with compassion and respect.”

Chanel Preston, a longtime porn actress and chairperson for the advocacy group, said current methods require a three-day hold when any performer receives an HIV-positive test.

“This hold was called on Saturday,” Preston said to The New York Post on Monday. “The purpose is to determine 1) if the results were false positive and 2) if not, what the risk to the performer pool is…We are waiting for a confirmatory test to determine if the test was a false positive. The test we use is sensitive, and false positives are possible.”

The production hold, according to one adult film agent, is a “cost of doing business.”

“You know this may happen, and when it happens you have to suck it up and lose the business,” Mark Spiegler said, adding that there are several characteristics to consider during the order. “It may be someone who hasn’t worked in a long time. Sometimes people test positive coming into the business.”

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