Porn Industry Shut Down Once Again After HIV Scare Due To Infected Actor (VIDEO+POLL)




A porn actor's positive HIV test, which prompted a temporary shutdown of Los Angeles' billion-dollar adult film industry Monday night, has reignited the debate over mandatory condom use in X-rated productions.

The HIV scare comes less than one month after the launch of a new online sexual health database aimed at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among porn actors through mandatory testing. To be listed in the database -- a requisite for getting work -- porn actors must get tested every 30 days and present a clean bill of health. But critics say routine testing does not prevent STDs from creeping in.

"Testing is not a substitute for condom use, and it never will be,"
said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. "No test can detect HIV from the moment of infection. There will always be a window period, which might not reflect recent infection.''

The Free Speech Coalition, the industry trade group behind the database, announced the positive HIV test and requested the voluntary production moratorium Monday.

The positive test results will be confirmed by more sensitive testing methods, but details of the case, including the performer's name, age and sex, will not be released. It is also unclear how many sexual partners might be at risk.

"The average American male has seven female sexual partners in a lifetime. But it's possible for a male to have seven sexual partners in a single day on porn movie set,"
said Weinstein. "Because this is a network that's kind of inbred, the spread of disease could be exponential."

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is pushing for mandatory condom use in the making of adult films -- a move that's met with strong resistance from the industry itself.

"If the market would accept condom-positive movies, that's what we would all be making. The fact is consumers don't want that,"
Christian Mann, general manger of Evil Angel Productions and unpaid Free Speech Coalition board member, told ABCNews.com when the database launched.

"The market will always trump regulation,"
said Mann. "If you make it so California-based productions cannot compete in the market, you'll just drive production out of the state."

But Weinstein insists that worker safety should not be optional.

"You can't dangle from a 30-story building from a rope; you have to wear a harness,"
he said. "The idea that hurting these performers is a matter of freedom of expression is simply wrong."

The adult entertainment industry has had its share of sexual health scares. In 1998, veteran porn actor Mark Wallice tested HIV-positive after reputedly hiding his positive status for two years and infecting several co-stars. In 2004, Darren James spread the virus to three women, shutting down film production industrywide for a month. And in 2009, a positive HIV test for a performer known only as "Patient Zero" sparked a legal battle between the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health and AIM Medical Associates over performers' rights to medical privacy. Full Story




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What are you even talking about? The professional porn industry needs licenses and permits to operate, a mandate is a breeze. Anybody can f*** on cam but not anybody is a porn professional. You wanna f*** for free upload it for free have at it. But if you tryna sell and distribute the product you gotta follow the rules.  
What are you even talking about? The professional porn industry needs licenses and permits to operate, a mandate is a breeze. Anybody can f*** on cam but not anybody is a porn professional. You wanna f*** for free upload it for free have at it. But if you tryna sell and distribute the product you gotta follow the rules.  
Just saw this so I decided to respond.

1. Permits are only for shooting locations and there is no such thing as a porn "license" just regular city and state business guidelines.

2. Putting mandates on physical dvd distribution would be simple per obscenity laws but the internet is a whole different animal. You can sell anything you want on the internet as long as it isn't illegal.
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