Activist accuses porn industry trade group of coverup in wake of HIV scare

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Michael Weinstein who is the President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, speaks at the launch of the launch of the 'Love Condoms' campaign to combat the spread of AIDS, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on August 12, 2009. Weinstein accused an adult film trade group of engaging in a coverup after an HIV scare prompted the industry to halt productions.

The head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is accusing an adult film industry trade group of engaging in a coverup, following on this weekend's news that a performer may have contracted HIV. Michael Weinstein says the Free Speech Coalition should have figured out by now whether the performer has the virus.

“There’s two choices here. Either they are totally incompetent in terms of finding out if this person is a true positive. Or they’re covering up. I cannot see any other possibility here,” Weinstein says.

Diane Duke of the Free Speech Coalition says she was “surprised and disappointed” by the accusation. Duke says the industry has to follow a series of steps to confirm a positive result. In the meantime, she says the coalition has declared a temporary moratorium on adult film production.

Also today, the AIDS Healthcare foundation filed complaints with the federal government (Federal OSHA) and Florida health officials against Brazzers – the adult film company where the possibly infected performer may have worked.

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