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Porn filming still suspended in wake of HIV scare

August 30, 2011 |  5:59 pm

Photo: A cyclist rides in front of the building that houses the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, who has drawn criticism for opposing condom use in porn and insisting that frequent tests could protect performers from HIV. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times The pornography trade association that broke the news that an adult film performer has tested HIV-positive released a statement Tuesday noting that "the incident occurred outside of California" and that "there is nothing to suggest that the occurrence has affected the Los Angeles-based industry."

The Canoga Park-based Free Speech Coalition learned that the performer had tested HIV-positive on Saturday and the group called for a moratorium on filming Sunday night, according to the statement.

It was not clear Tuesday how long the temporary suspension of filming would last. 

"This moratorium should remain in place until primary reports of any exposure are confirmed. In the event of the necessity for first- and second-generational testing, a list of any individuals that may have been exposed will be compiled and the moratorium will then be evaluated by our medical and legal advisers, as well as industry stakeholders," the statement said.

It was not clear how many porn studios have suspended filming.

"Producers, agents and performers are cooperating in order to uphold health and safety protocols," the statement said.

Among the studios that have suspended production is Van Nuys-based Evil Angel, according to spokeswoman and former performer Tricia Devereaux.

"The moratorium will last as long as needed to feel confident we won't be shooting anyone who was exposed," Devereaux said in a Tuesday email. "Once that ends, there will still be people who haven't been cleared yet who will have to wait before they can perform."

Spokeswomen for Hustler Video and Vivid Entertainment declined to comment Tuesday, referring questions to the Free Speech Coalition.

Coalition officials did not respond to questions about how the performer contracted HIV given the current system for testing adult performers, which includes an online database the coalition launched earlier this month.

Under voluntary industry standards, performers must be tested every 30 days and show proof of a clean test before they perform.

AIM Medical Associates had been operating the industry's database of test results before it closed in May while fighting a lawsuit that alleged it revealed performers' private medical information.

"The industry has had a successful system of health and safety self-regulation since 1998, despite any misinformation being spread by our opponents," the Tuesday statement said. "It is an unfortunate fact that the closure of AIM was, in large part, due to relentless litigation."

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-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: A cyclist rides in front of the building that houses the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, who has drawn criticism for opposing condom use in porn and insisting that frequent tests could protect performers from HIV. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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