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Third Los Angeles porn star this year tests positive for HIV

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 December, 2013, 3:33am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 December, 2013, 3:33am
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The pornographic film industry in Los Angeles is facing its third production shutdown in a year, after another performer tested positive for HIV.

The news rounds off a difficult year for the industry in LA, in which a law mandating the use of condoms on film sets has prompted many companies to move productions elsewhere.

On Saturday, the Free Speech Coalition, the trade association for porn performers, issued a statement announcing the positive test by an unnamed performer and calling for a "production moratorium ... until further notice".

The industry shut down for two weeks in September after three performers tested positive for HIV. It shut down for one week in August after a female performer, Cameron Bay, announced that she had tested positive. One of the three performers who tested positive in September was named as Rod Daily, who had been romantically linked to Bay.

On Saturday, an FSC spokeswoman said there was nothing to suggest the new positive test was linked to any of those from August and September.

In November last year, Los Angeles county voters passed Measure B, which mandated the use of condoms in porn films. The measure, which in August a district judge ruled partly unconstitutional, is subject to ongoing lawsuits and has not been rigorously enforced.

But this week the FSC released a statement blaming Measure B for "over US$450,000 in lost permitting revenue as shoots, jobs move out of state". The FSC said 24 permits for adult film production had been issued in Los Angeles county this year, compared with 480 by the same point last year.

In September, FSC chief executive Diane Duke, said: "We're not against condoms. We're against condoms being mandatory. Our performers prefer not to use condoms."

On Saturday, Michael Weinstein, president of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks mandatory condom use on porn sets, said: "The lion's share of the responsibility of what's going on now lies with government agencies, who aren't enforcing the law."