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Porn Production to Resume After HIV False Alarm

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CHATSWORTH, Calif. (KTLA) -- Porn production will resume after a false positive result on an HIV test last week prompted the temporary shutdown of adult filmmaking.

L.A. County ordered a temporary shutdown of adult filmmaking last week after the male performer tested positive for HIV in order to allow time for further testing.

Retesting proved that the performer does not have the virus, according to the Free Speech Coalition.

According to the Aids Healthcare Foundation, 'Brazzers' is the production company involved in the latest HIV case in the adult film industry.

Industry sources say a male model employed by Brazzers had worked directly, and without condoms, with as many as a dozen female performers.

The porn network, which includes more than a dozen pornography sites, is based in Montreal, but often films in Miami.

Given the suspected link, and given that Brazzers affirmatively states they do not use condoms, a violation of both state and federal health statutes, it makes sense to investigate them in the hopes of putting an end to further infections,” said Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

California voluntary industry standards state that performers must be tested every 30 days and show proof that they tested negative before they perform.

Unlike California, the State of Florida does not have a specifically designated occupational safety and health division.

However, there is a “sanitary nuisance” law in the Florida Statutes.

AHF believes that unprotected sex in a commercial setting should, arguably, fall under the definition of a “sanitary nuisance,” since Florida law defines it as “any act” that may cause disease.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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