The leading trade body of the American porn industry has called for a stop in adult film production until one of its actors is cleared of HIV.
The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is calling for "a precautionary production hold after a possible positive test for HIV by an adult performer included in the list of performers in their database.
The organization said it is doing so to prevent the potential spread of the virus. The actor has not worked on the set during the window of transmission and the organization said he "had not participated in any fluid exchange shots since his last negative test."
Should the actor be cleared in the test results, the production hold will be lifted on Wednesday. The Free Speech Coalition the suggested half is out of an "abundance of precaution". The group is asking producers to stop filming until they are able to confirm all facts.
They also promised to proactively begin partner notification and retest anyone who might have had contact with the actor since the last clear test. The group was also quick to reassure industry members that the requested production stop does not mean that the virus has spread.
On-set transmission of HIV has not happened for over a decade.
The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, a porn industry rights group, also supported the proposed temporary pause in production until the concerned actor is cleared in the HIV test.
In 2016, the industry suffered a blow, though, when a law that would have given a Californian health body the power to prosecute porn producers who do not insist that performers should wear condoms failed to pass.
APAC Chairperson and popular performer Chanel Preston welcomed the proposal and said that their industry has these shutdowns not because they are not safe, but because they are safe.