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Porn performer tests positive for HIV; filming moratorium sought

A porn performer has tested positive for HIV, leading an industry association to call a moratorium on shooting.

Free Speech Coalition, a nationwide trade association for the adult entertainment industry, confirmed the positive HIV test but would not say when or where it took place. The group also did not give any details about the affected performer.

The group said in a statement that it is working with a doctor affiliated with Adult Production Health & Safety Services "contact and treat performers for any possible exposure involving the primary patient" and that additional confirmatory tests are being done on the performer who tested positive.

"Because of the rigorous APHSS protocols, the situation was accessed quickly and — most importantly — action was taken to ensure the protocols were followed,” coalition Chief Executive Diane Duke said.

The coalition said there was no indication the infection had been contracted on-set.

The safety of adult film industry practices has been under scrutiny in Los Angeles. The city began requiring porn performers to wear condoms on set last year, and county voters in November approved a measure expanding the requirement countywide.

The porn industry suffered a defeat Friday when a federal judge rejected its contention that requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is unconstitutional.

Vivid Entertainment, Califa Productions and porn performers Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce had sued the county in January to prevent the implementation of the new law, the Los Angeles County Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, passed by voters in November.

County officials declined to defend the measure, but the AIDS Healthcare Foundation was granted “intervener” status to defend the law against the porn industry’s lawsuit.

The industry tried unsuccessfully to have the group removed.  

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