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Porn industry on hold after positive HIV test

The porn industry has been put on hold after a performer tested HIV positive last week. The incident has led to the halting of all production works in all major studios. Rumor has it that the performer is male, though that is yet to be confirmed.

The pausing of operations in the multibillion-dollar industry was called in on April 12 by the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), which is a trade group representing the porn industry. While the shutdown was only expected to last till Monday, it now appears there is no timeframe for when full operations will resume. No information regarding the infected performer has been released either.

Voluntary action

Production companies are not obligated to halt their operations once an actor has tested positive. They do it voluntarily. However, those who agree to it, in this case, all the major adult filmmakers, have to cease all production of films, clips, custom videos, cams, content trades, fan-based subscription streaming, and basically any sort of action involving sex between two or more people. Condom-based productions and productions within different communities that may utilize other prevention tools have also been urged to observe the production holds. It seems no one is being spared.

Once a performer has tested positive for HIV, the halting of production is followed by an immediate retest to ascertain whether the performer was misdiagnosed. Anyone with whom the pornstar has worked since their last test is then contacted and urged to get a new test just in case they also have been infected. It is to be noted that all pornstars are tested for HIV/ STD every two weeks.

In a statement, the Free Speech Coalition said that anyone who has been on set with the said performer is still being contacted. “We are hopeful that we will be able to identify these partners in the next few days for retesting. If we are successful, and if those tests return clear, we should be able to lift the production hold mid-week. If we are not, we will need the entire performer pool to be retested to re-establish a baseline for safe production,” said the statement.

Impact on revenue

I expect you as a regular visitor to ThePornDude to know that the porn industry feeds hundreds of families. How are they going to survive if production has been halted indefinitely? It is worth noting that the porn industry is already under enough financial strain owing to the rising cases of piracy. Industry insiders have however moved quickly to dispel any fears that the industry is set to suffer a significant financial setback due to the shutdown. In fact, in their opinion, the closure should not have a noticeable effect on revenues at major studios. Why? Because there are roughly 20,000 scenes shot per year and the major studios should have enough stockpile of scenes awaiting release so they should survive the shutdown without feeling the pinch.

That’s production companies. What about the performers who are paid per scene? They will have to suffer the financial toll since they will have little or no income at all coming their way. With this in mind, FSC said in the statement as mentioned earlier that they understood the financial difficulties for both performers and producers before adding  that they were working hard to come up with a date for when production ‘can resume safely.’

As earlier mentioned, the adult entertainment is a $97 billion industry. Out of that, roughly $10 to $14 billion is generated in the United States which has one of the biggest porn industries in the world.

A similar incident last year

In a similar incident in April 2017, the adult entertainment industry stop producing adult movies after a porn performer produced a “possible positive test for HIV.” Like this latest incident, the shutdown was announced by Free Speech Coalition although they were quick to assert at the time that the unnamed performer had not worked on an adult set during the window of transmission, and had not participated in any fluid exchange shoots since their last negative tests. Similarly, the halt to production was at the time described as a “precautionary production hold” as the FSC moved in to determine whether or not the said performer had produced a “false positive” test result.

The industry has found itself in a battle with outside organizations on who should police health safety concerns in the production of adult movies.  In 2017, a bill which was supposed to empower the California Occupational Health and Safety Administration to prosecute porn producers who didn’t require performers to use condoms on porn sets failed miserably. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation was in support of the bill and has fought for long to legislate safe sex in the adult industry.

Porn industry journalist Tod Hunter said that the ‘cease-porn’ is actually “the consequence of the responsible attitude the adult industry takes toward prevention of HIV transmission.” We are still waiting for word on the identity of the latest infected performer(s).

Finally

For the sake of all the performers who have duly provided us with fap material, we can only hope the issue is resolved soon so that normal operations can resume. For now, all we can do thou is wait.

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