The following statement was issued by the Adult Production Health & Safety Services on June 14th, 2013:
“An adult performer has tested positive for HIV. This performer worked exclusively on condom-only sets. As a precautionary measure, APHSS is providing retests for the small number of performers with which the infected individual had performed. All retests have come back negative and there is no indication that any transmission — including that of the positive performer — happened on set.”
The worst part of this story? The performer that contracted HIV is said to have only worked on condom-only porn movies.
Men.com only shoots content with condoms, so Zach of TheSword.com says it is highly unlikely that the performer contracted HIV while on set. As of Saturday, performers have been called to retest and Manwin (owner of Men.com because they own pretty much everything in porn) has put a cease on all Men.com productions until this is resolved.
This is the first HIV scare in the porn industry since 2010.
Our heart goes out to the performer who has contracted HIV. That’s some serious shit. Fingers crossed that there are no others infected.
I don’t want to come off as a heartless prick, but there is a sense of vindication for the porn industry to all the haters that voted “Yes” on Measure B.
For those of you who don’t know, proponents of Measure B (like the AIDs Healthcare Foundation) fought hard in November to make condoms mandatory for porn stars in Los Angeles. They believed that porn stars shooting without condoms more likely to contract HIV than non-porn stars like you or me. But then how do they explain how a male porn star that allegedly worked exclusively with condoms contracted HIV?
They probably can’t because the reality is they don’t know anything about the porn industry and therefore probably shouldn’t have messed with it in the first place.
I’ll tell you how it happened…
It’s because porn stars have personal lives and personal sex lives. And because they’re only human, they sometimes have unprotected sex just like us. Diseases are contracted off-set and then without proper testing (or by the sheer evilness in a certain porn star) they are brought into the industry. They don’t just appear on set.
That’s why regular blood tests and condom-optional was a fine system. As long as studios and performers play by these rules, everything will be fine.
The only thing that should change is who pays for the blood tests. Money is tight everywhere, I understand that, but porn studios shouldn’t force their performers to pay for tests before they can work. That just ain’t right.
Measure B is stupid and on some level I am glad that this has happened to prove to meddlers that the only people who should be making porn-policy are pornographers themselves. Because meddlers, you just don’t get it.
But mostly, I just feel for the guy that’s HIV positive. I would never wish that on my worst enemy.