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The American porn industry is facing its third shutdown of the year after another performer tested HIV positive.

The Free Speech Coalition, the trade association for the actors, did not name the individual who had tested positive, but called for a stop in production “until further notice” to determine where the infection had come from.

In September, filming in Los Angeles stopped for two weeks after it was announced four actors had been infected, including Cameron Bay and Rod Daily.

Both of them spoke out against the adult entertainment industry in a press conference afterwards, with Daily saying that condoms needed to be mandatory.

But the Free Speech Coalition maintain that it should be the actor’s responsibility, not that of the industry, with the association’s chief executive Diane Duke saying: “We’re not against condoms. We’re against condoms being mandatory. Our performers prefer not to use condoms.”

Announcing the positive test, she added: “We are taking every precaution while we do research to determine if there’s been any threat to the performer pool.

“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.”

In an update since, the association said they had contacted and tested everyone the performer had sexual contact with since their last negative test.

They expected to be able to provide an update within a week.

3 COMMENTS

  1. In order to get things moving what is needed is regulations that ensure an equal footing for actors to practice their preference. Studios should pay exactly the same to an actor regardless of whether they choose to wear a condom. The choice should also be entirely up to the actor with the inability to fire someone who chooses to wear a condom for a scene.

    Of course that is highly unlikely to happen. Without that choice I’d personally be minded to push for a general bareback ban throughout the industry. It would be interesting to see if the often predicted collapse in sales would occur.

  2. The “Somebody Else Will Decide 4 U Approach is troubling. Where does it end. As a sex worker, I often felt pushed into scenes I did not particularly want to be a part of, but it was what paid the rent. It’s called survival. Instead of having a producer announce that their actors do not want to wear condoms, it would have been more credible if this bit of news had been coming from the actors instead of a vested financial interest. Actors under no cloud of You Better Say The Right Thing If You Know What’s Good 4 U. Having worked in porn, it can be a fundamentally joyless place when the need for money is desperate from anyone in the production. Anxiety feeds on anxiety. I am not convinced that producers allow actors to decide for themselves, and then it will be government that decides. It ends with the individual. There is little social pressure from peers in porn to go with the condom. Are the actors exploited. You bet. The answer is a more generalized DO IT FOR YOURSELF AND STICK TO IT agenda. It might cost you a lot of money, you might lose gigs, but it can also cost you your life. Do NOT let the Great Them decide. You have the power to do it for yourself.

  3. The worst thing for me here, was the link to Cameron bay saying ‘theres always someone younger and sexier, willing to do what your not’ in response to her not taking the use of condoms as seriously as shed of liked. And today 5years into my own hiv diagnosis I still have no clue whats going on with my body.. To be honest I dont know if I care about the porn industry at all, I really dont know

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