San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Adult Filming Resumes in Valley

By Mark Madler Thursday, August 29, 2013

Adult film production restarted this week in the San Fernando Valley after the lifting of a week-long moratorium put in place after a female performer tested positive for HIV.

Three doctors with the Performer Availability Screening Services, the disease-control program of the Free Speech Coalition, the Canoga Park trade organization of the adult industry, determined Wednesday that all performers who worked with Cameron Bay, the affected actress, tested clean.

The panel also determined that performers who tested clean after Aug. 19 can resume filming, while those who were tested prior to that date must test again.

The PASS Medical Advisory Council is considering revising its standards to have testing done at least every 14 days, half as long as the current 28-day requirement.

The moratorium, put in place Aug. 21, comes amidst a legal battle over whether porn performers should wear condoms. Measure B, which requires that adult films get permits from the county health department and performers wear condoms, was passed by voters in November.

The measure was sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation of West Hollywood and opposed by the Free Speech Coalition and production companies. A lawsuit was filed by Vivid Entertainment LLC, a Los Angeles production company, and two performers to overturn the law.

In early August, a judge hearing the case determined that spontaneous searches to enforce Measure B were unconstitutional, but ruled that adult productions must get no-cost permits from the county, adult performers must use condoms and criminal charges can be brought against violators.