Adult Film Productions in U.S. Halted due to HIV Case

The Free Speech Coalition, a trade group, recommended the temporary production shutdown after finding out that an unidentified performer initially tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

NEW YORK - Adult film shoots across the U.S. have been largely halted after a performer tested positive for HIV, Reuters reported.

The L.A.-based Free Speech Coalition recommended the temporary moratorium after finding out on the weekend that an unidentified porn performer initially tested positive for HIV, it said. The group said further testing was needed to confirm the performer had indeed contracted the virus that causes AIDS. HIV positive, the trade group said.

Diane Duke, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, told Reuters that she was not aware of any companies refusing to comply with the production halt. "The industry has had a successful system of health and safety self-regulation since 1998, despite any misinformation being spread by our opponents," the industry trade group said.

In 2010, performer Derrick Burts tested positive for HIV, also leading to a temporary production stop.

Until recently, many porn performers regularly had themselves tested for HIV at a private clinic in Los Angeles, which closed in May amid a bankruptcy filing, Reuters said. The Free Speech Coalition has developed a program to take its place and has been in the process of signing up performers.

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