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Positive HIV Test Shuts Down Porn Industry for Third Time This Year

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On Friday, an unidentified performer in the porn industry tested positive for HIV. This is the fourth individual in the business to test positive this year, and as of right now, filming in LA has been halted.

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Saturday, the Free Speech Coalition — an adult-film industry trade group — called for a moratorium on filming. Although, as Marisa Gerber at The Los Angeles Times reports:

There was nothing to suggest the case is linked to any HIV-positive results from earlier this year, said Joanne Cachapero, a spokeswoman for the industry group.

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Sy Mukherjee, writing for Think Progress, adds:

None of the HIV infections this year have been definitively shown to stem from adult film sets; nonetheless, two of the actors who tested positive, Rod Daily and Cameron Bay, have also joined calls for using protection in porn.

Production was halted for two weeks back in September, when Daily and Bay held a news conference discussing their diagnoses. (There was also a brief shut-down in August. In 2012, there was a syphilis scare. )

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Upon hearing the news on Friday, Daily tweeted:

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Today, our porn star friend Keni Styles — who advocates staying safe and regularly tested — posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: "Call me when we can fuck. I'll be in my office meditating."

Illustration for article titled Positive HIV Test Shuts Down Porn Industry for Third Time This Year
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DISCUSSION

Porn stars are tested so often, and obviously wear condoms, so WTF? Does anyone else suspect a rampant IV drug problem? I know anal sex transmits HIV a lot more easily than vaginal, and porn is obvi very anal happy, but it seems like with this many HIV infections, and the undoubted safe-sex these workers practice, that something beyond sex is causing this problem. Just an honest question/theory. Poor porn workers, this totally sucks.