Porn Moratorium Due to HIV Infection

The Porn Industry

The porn industry in the San Fernando Valley has announced a moratorium on the production of films due to a performer testing positive for HIV infection. Actress Cameron Bay has come forward as the performer that tested positive.

According to Mark Schecter, owner of Adult Talent Managers LA, the agency that represents Bay, her routine STD test on Monday came back inconclusive, so she was retested on Tuesday. That test was positive. Further tests were conducted to rule out a false positive by both Cutting Edge Testing, the clinic that conducted the original tests, and Talent Testing Services. Both of those tests came back positive. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade group, issued the moratorium on Wednesday.

Bay has been in and out of the industry several times since 2010, and has had several run-ins with the law in the past, including a six month prison stint in Arizona, ending in May 2008. Bay had also achieved some notoriety by participating in the VH1 reality show Tool Academy in 2009. It is believed the number of performers potentially exposed is small, as she has not worked in many pornographic films.

Bay had previously been tested on July 27; but had not worked since July 31. Her last scene involved sex with Xander Corvus, the same actor who played the character of Anthony Weiner in “Weiner and Me” opposite Sidney Leathers, one of the women who were involved in a sexting scandal with the New York mayoral candidate. Both Corvus and Leathers were tested prior to their sex scene; however the HIV test checks for antibodies to the virus, not for the virus itself, and this can create a window of as much as three months after infection during which the test can give a false negative result.

Despite the current moratorium, the industry has only experienced two cases of performers testing positive for HIV infection since 2004, and in neither of those cases did transmission occur during filming.

The last moratorium of this kind was implemented in 2012 due to a syphilis outbreak within the industry. Last year also saw the passing of a regulation in Los Angeles County requiring porn actors to wear condoms during sex scenes, a measure supported by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and opposed by the porn industry. That measure was upheld in federal court last Friday. Assemblyman Isadore Hall III wants to pass a similar statewide law. Some have speculated that if such a measure passes the industry might move to a different location to avoid the regulation. Of the risk of infection, Hall said “exposing workers to this type of harm would not be accepted in any other industry in this nation.”

There are rumors that Bay has dated an actor who has worked on gay porn films. She has not confirmed nor denied those rumors, citing her privacy as the reason.

The Free Speech Coalition has said that it will lift the moratorium when the risk of further HIV infection is eliminated.

By Milton Ruiz

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11 Responses to "Porn Moratorium Due to HIV Infection"

  1. LJ   August 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Porn stars contracting HIV and other STD’s? Can’t be. I’m shocked!

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