Porn Industry HIV Scare a False Alarm

Actor was retested, and results were negative

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 5, 2011 9:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Porn sets across the LA-area could be back in business this week, after an HIV scare that shuttered the industry last Monday turned out to be a false alarm. The actor who had tested positive was retested, and the second test returned negative results, reports the Los Angeles Times. "After discussion with our medical expert, he has advised that it would be appropriate for production to resume and the focus of attention [be] brought to those who had worked with the performer. That group is already receiving care," says the executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, an adult entertainment trade association.

But a few people are raising eyebrows at the new results, which were obtained via a test given by a health and safety services group run by the Free Speech Coalition. "Subsequent tests showed the person to be negative, but in terms of validating how all of this was being handled, we still don't really know," says the president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who notes that the group's process doesn't incorporate public health officials. "We don't know how they validated it," he added. "It's like if you were dealing with mine safety or construction or food contamination, and we would have to be satisfied with what the company involved is telling us about it." His group continues to push for the use of condoms, in addition to testing, as a way to protect actors.

If French porn star Jade Laroche, pictured, wants to film in LA this week, she might be able to...
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