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Porn Production OK'd After HIV Scare, But Some Performers Are Wary

Porn Production OK'd After HIV Scare, But Some Performers Are Wary

Despite a back-to-work order, Jessica Drake says it's too soon. Photo via Twitter.

The adult industry's health services arm last night lifted a voluntary work stoppage for porn, saying all of those who had "worked" with a performer who tested positive for HIV have come up negative.

See also: Porn Star Cameron Bay's HIV+ Status Confirmed by Additional Tests.

The organization, called Performer Availability Screening Services, said that all adult actors who have valid STD tests dated after Aug. 19 are good to go. However, some performers and other XXX citizens were concerned that the lifting of Porn Valley's moratorium was too fast, too soon:

Here's the industry health group's statement:

The moratorium on adult filming has been lifted. A PASS (Performer Availability Screening Services--formerly APHSS) panel of three doctors met and confirmed that all performers who worked with [patient zero] Cameron Bay have tested clean; it is safe to lift the moratorium; August 19th is beyond the 2 week window date for the Aptima HIV test.

Therefore, the following conditions are immediately in effect: Any performer who tests clean after August 19th is safe and available to work; all test panels taken prior to August 19th are now expired on the PASS database.

See also: Porn's HIV Case Didn't Originate On-Set.

Some weren't having it, however. Porn star and director Jessica Drake said via Twitter that she'll take it slow:

Industry blogger Mike South (NSFW link) has reported that the boyfriend of the HIV-positive performer, Bay, has done both gay and straight adult video and that his own HIV status is unknown, at least to the outside world:

Twitter lit up last night when this was announced with some of the more responsible performers and producers urging people to not work and or refusing to shoot themselves. This is good to see. You know who you are and it pleases me that there are still some intelligent and responsible people left in the biz.

Indeed:

The HIV scare emboldened the L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which successfully spearheaded a voter initiative in November that passed a mandatory condom law for porn in most of L.A. county.

However, enforcement has been scarce and the industry is fighting it both in court and, apparently, on-set by ignoring the rule.

Adult-biz leaders say consumers won't purchase condom porn and that its monthly voluntary testing protocol for performers works.

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