Seems like Free Speech forgot about this guy testing positive:
from www.sword.com June, 2013: According to multiple sources, The Sword can confirm that a male gay porn performer has tested positive for HIV. The positive results came back after routine testing for a scheduled shoot with Men.com.
Given that Men.com’s shoots are condom-only, it’s highly unlikely that the performer contracted HIV while on set. Also, the performer is said to have worked “exclusively” in condom-only productions.
When reached for comment, Free Speech Coalition’s Diane Duke confirmed the single case of HIV:
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.
Duke would not confirm or deny where the performer had worked (or even his gender), but The Sword can confirm that multiple models working for Men.com (including one Men.com exclusive) have been contacted by APHSS and have been asked to come in for a retest. So far, no other results have come back positive.
Again, it’s important to reiterate that all of Men.com’s shoots are condom-only, and they have (quite clearly) a testing protocol in place. Meaning, the system worked and caught what it was supposed to catch.
ADDED: At the same time, why are (supposedly) private medical records routinely leaked to the media whenever someone tests positive for an STD? Studios that require mandatory testing should be very nervous after what happened this week. (If I were a performer whose private medical records were just leaked, I’d hire a good attorney.) So, in retrospect, the “system” doesn’t really completely work, because as much as I and other outlets are obligated to report this kind of news, we should be the last ones to know about it.
UPDATE: Manwin (Men.com) has ceased production on all shoots until all retests have been completed.
UPDATE 2 (6/15): Manwin (Men.com) has admitted to what I was first to report by telling AVN: “Third-party producers creating content for Men.com have been requested to cease all production until further notice. Men.com will wait on the APHSS to confirm when production may resume.” Men.com (Manwin’s sole gay property) is now a “third-party producer”? Is that how they refer to Brazzers, Mofos, Digital Playground, et al.? How’s the view from down under that bus, Men.com?