Porn production on hold after actor tests positive for HIV

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The adult film industry’s trade association said Thursday that all porn production has been put on hold after a performer tested positive for HIV.

The Free Speech Coalition announced that one of its performers had tested positive for the virus at one of its testing centers. The group was awaiting the results of tests confirming the previous positive, but called an indefinite moratorium on production in the meantime.

Diane Duke, the trade association’s CEO, said in a statement that the group is investigating whether other actors may have been exposed to the virus.

“We take the health of our performers very seriously and felt that it was better to err on the side of caution while we determine whether anyone else may have been exposed,” Duke wrote on the Free Speech Coalition’s website.

This is the third time in the last year that a moratorium on porn production has been called over HIV. After the most recent one last summer, new rules were put in place requiring actors to be tested for the virus every 14 days, rather than every 28.

A law passed by Los Angeles County voters in 2012 requires actors to wear condoms during porn shoots. The adult film industry has furiously opposed an effort to expand that requirement statewide.

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