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Adult Filming Moratorium Continues

A moratorium on adult film production remained in effect on Wednesday as industry professionals awaited testing results related to an adult performer who tested positive for HIV. The Free Speech Coalition called for the moratorium Dec. 6 after a performer whose gender was not provided was found HIV positive following a mandated testing. In an update from Dec. 10, the coalition, the Canoga Park-based advocacy group for the adult industry, said it was awaiting test results from a person who had contact with the infected performer. “If the results of that final (test) are clear, we will establish a date to lift the moratorium,” the group said in the update. “Until then, it remains in place.” This is the third moratorium on adult entertainment filming, much of it centered in and around the San Fernando Valley, in the past 16 months. There was one in August 2012 after a performer tested positive for syphilis and again in August 2013 after performer Cameron Bay tested positive for HIV. This latest episode had the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Hollywood-based organization critical of how the adult industry self-polices for sexually transmitted diseases, to call for enforcement of Measure B, a voter-approved law requiring condoms be used in all adult productions filmed in Los Angeles County. AHF was the main backer of the ballot initiative. “How many more performers need to become infected for the industry to comply with existing regulations and laws requiring workplace safety?” AHF President Michael Weinstein said in a prepared statement. “The willful disregard by the County of Los Angeles and the (adult) industry for the health and welfare of people is becoming more and more apparent.” In August, a federal judge in Los Angeles 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. The case remains on appeal.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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