The performer who tested positive for HIV during an industry-mandate screening appears to have contracted the virus in his or her personal life, doctors have concluded, after no other adult performers tested positive for HIV.
The performer, who wishes to remain anonymous, received a confirmed positive for the virus on December 6, 2013 at an industry-certified facility. Doctors alerted the Free Speech Coalition, the adult industry trade group, which called for an immediate moratorium on all production while the genealogy of the virus could be traced. Adult performers must be tested for a full slate of STIs every two weeks in order to be cleared to work in the adult industry.
All people within the performer pool with whom the positive performer had had at-risk contact were immediately tested for HIV. All other adult performers were required to retest as an added precaution. No other tests were reactive for the virus, meaning the positive performer had contracted the virus from a source outside the performer pool.
Later, the performer told an industry blog that he believed he had contracted the virus from someone in his personal life.
There have been two other moratoriums for the adult industry this past year. In both cases, the viral genealogies showed that the virus was acquired offset and was prevented from being transmitted within the performer pool by the industry testing system (known as PASS).
“A moratorium is a preventative measure used to protect adult performers. Like a ringing car alarm, a moratorium is a sign of a working system, not a broken one,” said Diane Duke FSC Chief Executive Officer. “Adult performers — like all of us — have personal lives. We cannot control, and should not want to control, people’s personal lives. What we can do is make sure that HIV is stopped at the industry gate by testing protocols.”