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Porn Industry Shuts Down For Third Time This Year After Another Actor Tests Positive For HIV

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Adult film performer Rod Daily, left, with girlfriend and fellow porn star Cameron Bay at a September news conference discussing their HIV-positive diagnoses

Adult film performer Rod Daily, left, with girlfriend and fellow porn star Cameron Bay at a September news conference discussing their HIV-positive diagnoses

CREDIT: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Last Friday, the adult film industry trade association Free Speech Coalition called for a moratorium on filming after an unidentified performer was announced as testing HIV-positive. This is the fourth porn actor to test positive for the virus this year, and the third such moratorium on filming, prompting one advocacy group to renew calls for a statewide California law requiring adult film stars to wear condoms on set.

“Are we still going to be having this argument when there’s the 10th shutdown or 20th? Or the 50th infection?” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the main group pushing for stricter statewide condoms-in-porn laws.

Los Angeles County passed its own law requiring condoms in porn last year. That’s pitted the adult film industry and free speech advocates who claim that such requirements are an infringement on free speech and bad for business against public health groups who say that it’s a necessary precaution in the porn business. The LA County law is currently being challenged in the courts.

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.

“Condoms in porn is not really that crazy a thing,” said Daily in a September press conference. He has typically performed in gay porn, where condom use is a more accepted practice. “Ultimately, it’s just a big industry, and their main concern is money. If they do care that much about the performers, they would use condoms.”

Weinstein and other advocates say that, until a more robust statewide condoms-in-porn law is passed, LA County government agencies are responsible for protecting performers.

“The lion’s share of the responsibility of what’s going on now lies with government agencies, who aren’t enforcing the law,” said Weinstein.

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