As announced on Saturday, the adult industry is maintaining a production hold until Wednesday, due to a possible positive test for HIV. The performer is currently being retested to determine if it was a false positive. Test results and partner lists are expected to be confirmed within the next 24 hours.
The performer with the possible positive test has been working with a PASS medical advisor, and partner notifications have begun. Based on current information, we do not believe there is a threat to the integrity and safety of the performer pool. The performer in question had not performed on any fluid exchange sets since their last negative test, or performed on any adult set during the possible window of transmission.
We also ask that both the press and those within our community refrain from speculating on or disclosing the identity of the performer. Regardless of whether or not the test is confirmed as positive, all performers deserve medical privacy and personal compassion — values our community has fought for forcefully over the past several years. Fear, shame and stigma are preventable.
CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Adult industry trade group Free Speech Coalition has called for a temporary production moratorium after a performer tested positive for HIV. As always, the precautionary work stoppage is voluntary.
According to an FSC alert notice, the performer, who is listed in the Performer Availability Scheduling Services directory of participating talent’s health-test results, has not worked on an adult set during the window of transmission. In addition, he or she has not participated in any fluid-exchange shoots since his or her previous negative test.
“The test has not yet been confirmed, and we will know whether or not it is a false positive in the next several days,” the notice stated. “If it is a false positive, the hold will be lifted on Wednesday.
“Out of an abundance of precaution, we are asking that producers stop filming until we are able to confirm all facts,” the statement continued. “We will also proactively begin partner notification and retest anyone who might have had contact with the performer since their last clear test.”
The Free Speech Coalition periodically calls for production halts if there is a possible HIV exposure within the adult film community. Temporary production moratoriums are an important part of the safety protocols in adult film but do not signal an on-set transmission nor a confirmed positive test.
Since August 2011, FSC has called at least five temporary production halts after a performer tested positive for HIV and one following a positive syphilis test.
In August 2013, a performer’s HIV-positive status was confirmed by additional independent tests, and the industry distributed prophylactic treatment to all performers as a precautionary measure. The moratorium was lifted eight days after the first positive test result. Immediately thereafter, PASS shortened the recommended maximum period between health screenings from 28 days to 14 days. The performer, Cameron Bay, later became a spokesperson for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which led an extended, acrimonious and ultimately unsuccessful court battle and legislative push to require performers wear condoms in all sexually explicit scenes.
Six days after FSC lifted the Bay production moratorium, a second performer, Rod Daily, also received a confirmed HIV-positive diagnosis. Daily and Bay were romantically involved. He also became an anti-industry spokesperson for AHF.
Three days after Daily voluntarily disclosed his diagnosis, another performer tested positive for HIV. Additional tests confirmed the diagnosis. An alleged fourth case during the same period was never confirmed.
Diane Duke, then chief executive officer for FSC, said none of the infected performers contracted the disease on-set or transmitted it to scene partners.
The most recent production halt took place in August 2014. Production resumed 24 hours later, after a second test indicated the performer’s first test had returned a false positive result.
According to FSC, the adult film industry has not seen an on-set transmission of HIV on a PASS-regulated set in more than a decade.
UPDATE 1:40 p.m. April 17, 2017
FSC Executive Director Eric Paul Leue released the following statement: