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Porn Biz Shut Down Again Over Yet Another HIV Case; Public Disgrace-related

from www.laweekly.com – The porn industry was being asked to shut down production again after another performer has tested positive for HIV.

The adult video trade group known as Free Speech Coalition today asked for a voluntary “moratorium on all production until further notice.” An official at the L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation told the Weekly that the organization believes this is the third case of HIV to hit the industry in the last few weeks:

The official said the latest performer to come up positive might be connected to a July 31 shoot for king.com called “Public Disgrace” in which patient zero Cameron Bay performed.

A man reported to be her boyfriend, Rod Daily, outed himself on Twitter as the second performer to come up positive. He has worked in both gay and straight porn.

The Free Speech Coalition, through its Performer Availability Screening Services arm, says that more details on the latest positive will be released later.

It states simply that “another performer has tested positive for HIV.”

Cameron Bay in a photo she says was taken at the kink.com shoot. Via Twitter.

It’s the second industry shut down since Aug. 21, when Bay’s status set off what might now be described as an outbreak.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has expressed outrage over the situation, given that the industry is under an L.A. county law mandating condom use on-set. Even if the latest positive is connected to a Bay Area shoot, California workplace safety authorities have said that condoms are the rule statewide, too.

They just don’t have the resources to enforce the regulation.

AHF filed a complaint with state authorities last month over the kink.com shoot that involved multiple performers in a scene: The group says condoms were not used.

The industry has resisted adopting condoms, saying consumers won’t buy condom fare and that its monthly performer testing protocol works.

[Added at 4:28 p.m.]: AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein used the occasion to call attention to its support for L.A. Assemblyman Isadore Hall’s proposal to make statewide condom use in porn an on-the-books law in California.

Yesterday AHF called out L.A. Assemblyman Mike Gatto for allegedly blocking the bill, AB 640, even though it’s not even in the assembly at this point (it’s in the senate). However, a previous version of the legislation did die in the Assembly Appropriations Committee that Gatto chairs.

Here’s what Weinstein said in a statement sent to the Weekly:

We lay complete blame for this outbreak at the feet of Assemblymember Gatto, the pornographers and Los Angeles County. How many more before we act?

Asked what he thinks about the industry’s decision not to reinstate the production moratorium last week after the second performer came up positive, Weinstein told us:

They’re greedy. They profoundly don’t care about these people.

We reached out to the Free Speech Coalition earlier but a represented said there was no additional information available at the time.

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