Porn Filming Moratorium Again in Place Due to Spread of HIV

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Porn stars face an inherent risk in their line of work: contracting sexually transmitted diseases. (I wonder if they collect workers’ compensation for a job related illness? Maybe they have to sign a hold harmless clause or release of libido.) The risk is so high that they undergo mandatory testing every 14 days. Of course, testing is an ‘after the fact’ measure. Prevention is the key.

condorms

The right tool for the job.

For me, a lifelong sexually cautious person, it is difficult not to be snarky on the plight of adult film stars, since there are so very many opportunities to engage in double entendre (especially when writing about people named Phil Longfellow and Silky Smooth–they’re just asking for it, bam! right in their puckered, assinine patooties).

One would think the at-risk performers would welcome all precautions. But, no; many have opposed mandatory condom use. The HIV positive ones, however, are all for it, albeit late on the draw.

It’s also difficult for me to grieve the current moratorium placed on the making of pornographic films. The very existance of porn makes me queasy. I am convinced by research that viewing porn is frequently a gateway activity–a portal to more perverted behaviors like child molestation, rape and beastiality.

According to www.fightthenewdrug.org “Because of its addictive nature, in order to just feel some sense of normality, an individual usually needs an ever increasing dosage of porn. The material that they seek out also evolves. Overtime their appetite pushed them to more hardcore versions to achieve the same level of arousal.

And once they start watching extreme and dangerous sex acts, these porn users are being taught that those behaviors are more normal and common than they actually are.”

So, I intend to limit my snark lest readers blow off the article prematurely, and miss the point of spreading the following news from the Los Angeles Times of August 28:

An immediate and indefinite moratorium has been placed on all porn filming after another performer may have tested positive for HIV.

 

“There was a positive test at one of our testing centers. Confirmatory tests are not yet back, but we are taking every precaution to protect performers and to determine if there’s been any threat to the performer pool,” said Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult film industry.

 

“We take the health of our performers very seriously and felt that it was better to err on the side of caution.”

 

This is the third such voluntary moratorium announced in the last year prompted by HIV concerns.

 

Last summer, the Free Speech Coalition called a weeklong filming stoppage after an actress who goes by the screen name Cameron Bay tested positive for HIV. Her boyfriend, adult film actor Rod Daily, later announced that he had also tested positive.

 

also in the LA Times, from last year:

 

The Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based trade organization for the adult film industry, said Thursday that a 28-year-old actress who uses the screen name Cameron Bay, tested conclusively positive for HIV.

 

The coalition had issued the moratorium a day earlier, after preliminary test results came up positive.

 

While the industry association maintained there was no evidence that Bay had contracted the virus on set, the scare added fuel to an ongoing legal battle over a Los Angeles County measure passed by voters last year requiring porn actors to wear condoms at work.

 

Mark Schechter, owner of Adult Talent Managers L.A., which represents Bay, told the Los Angeles Times that the actress went in for her regular screening for sexually transmitted diseases on Monday and the results came back inconclusive. She had a second test Tuesday with a new blood sample. Preliminary results came back Wednesday as potentially positive for HIV.

 

The Free Speech Coalition said Thursday that separate tests by Cutting Edge Testing and Talent Testing Services confirmed the result.

 

Bay’s last test prior to Monday — which was negative — took place July 27, Schechter said, and she had done shoots since.

 

Schechter said Bay was “distraught,” but was cooperating with medical personnel to make sure her partners were notified as quickly as possible.

 

“As difficult as this news is for me today, I am hopeful that no other performers have been affected,” Bay said in a statement. “I plan on doing everything possible to assist the medical professionals and my fellow performers. Following that, my long-term plan is to take care of myself and my health.”

 

A positive HIV test can be a double blow in that it leaves an adult performer out of a job while faced with costly medical treatment.

 

A spokesman for Cal/OSHA, the state agency overseeing workplace safety issues, said the agency was gathering information about the case but had not opened a formal investigation.

 

The most recent industry moratorium related to a sexually transmitted disease was issued in August 2012 as a result of a syphilis outbreak.

 

Continue reading http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-porn-moratorium-actor-hiv-positive-20140828-story.html

 

 

THBby T.M. Burroughs

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