This is what you call really, really bad timing.
CANOGA PARK, Calif. — Adult industry trade group Free Speech Coalition has asked for an industry-wide moratorium on porn production after reports indicate that an active performer may have tested positive for HIV.
The FSC, as well as its performer testing unit, Adult Production Health & Safety Services Program (APHSS.org), said that a moratorium be "instituted immediately and continued for a time period until the primary reports are confirmed."
The moratorium would continue until possible first and second-generation exposures have been identified. A quarantine could be extended after that point, if necessary.
The FSC said it was made aware of a "purported incident" on Saturday by a "reliable" industry source.
"According to the information that is available, the performer in question may have tested positive for HIV at a testing facility that does not appear to have protocols or procedures in place for medical follow-up (including generational testing) ," the FSC said in a statement.
The FSC said that it wanted to make clear that these reports were not involving APHSS.org testing facilities and that it can't deny nor confirm specific facts about the incident.
"Our first priority is to protect performers with reliable health services and assist producers with protocols that minimize liability, while remaining compliant with state and federal regulations regarding medical privacy," the FSC said.
This couldn't have come at a worse time, too, since I'm sure that the usual suspects (Shelley Lubben, Mike Weinstein, et. al.) are already preparing the press conferences to say that this proves once and for all that the testing system is a failure and only condoms are the true answer. Not to mention, this gives them pretty much the ammo they need to fuel their proposed ordinace to force the condom mandate.
But, that's a worry for later. The main thing right now is to offer comfort and protection to the infected performer, investigate and contain this outbreak (if it is confirmed), let the procedures run their course, and hope that nobody else is affected.
And, it's a damn good reason for performers to join APHSS and know and follow their protocols for testing. At least they reacted decisively and rapidly to contain this threat.
Addedum: Like I said,the Free Speech Coalition and APHSS wastes no time. Here's some snippage from their official press release that was just posted to the AINews.com site just a few minutes ago.
(CANOGA PARK, CA) -- Free Speech Coalition (FSC), as administrators of the Adult Production Health & Safety Services Program (APHSS.org), would like to address recent reports that an active performer may have tested positive for HIV.Obviously, we'll keep you informed here if anything else breaks.
FSC was made aware of the purported incident on Saturday by a reliable industry source. Most importantly, FSC would like to make clear that these reports were not involving APHSS.org testing facilities. This fact has limited the information gathered by FSC/APHSS.org and we can neither deny nor confirm specific facts about this incident. Due to legal issues concerning patient privacy, FSC/APHSS.org, as of yet, is unable to implement exposure protocols and procedures.
It is the recommendation of FSC/APHSS.org that an industry-wide moratorium on production be instituted immediately and continued for a time period until the primary reports are confirmed, and possible first and second-generation exposures have been identified. The quarantine can be extended after that point, if necessary.
According to the information that is available, the performer in question may have tested positive for HIV at a testing facility that does not appear to have protocols or procedures in place for medical follow-up (including generational testing).
However, FSC/APHSS.org cannot act on the behalf of any testing facilities outside the APHSS.org system until we are requested to do so by the performer or any medical advisor authorized by the performer. Again, we have been in contact with concerned parties and have offered to assist them in anyway possible, while still remaining compliant with the performer’s wishes for assistance, in respect to legal constraints that require that the performer’s privacy be protected, as well as other compliance issues.
In addition to the moratorium on production, FSC/APHSS.org also recommends that active performers who are concerned about possible exposure (or that would like to take extra precautions to confirm their own well-being) consider being tested as soon as possible.
FSC/APHSS.org also recommends that industry members avoid spreading unverified information until the involved parties are able to confirm developments, or until information is received from an appropriate medical authority.
We are committed to assisting any industry members that have concerns involving this incident; if you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. But because this situation has occurred outside of the APHSS.org database program, we are limited in any available information until we are informed of any details or allowed to assist in implementing industry protocols.