The confirmatory tests came in today for the affected performer....and it all turned out to be...a false positive.
The original sample that produced the tainted results was retested; as well as a fresh sample. Both came up negative for HIV (and I suppose, the rest of the panel).
Also, all the 1st generation contacts of the performer who were tested came up negative as well.
With that, FSCPASS has closed the book on this "scare", and lifted the moratorium on production imposed on Wednesday.
Here's FSC's full announement:
Yesterday’s potentially positive HIV test by adult performer was a false positive. The performer does not have HIV. Additionally, the first generation performers who were tested proactively have also come back negative. Production on adult film can resume safely.So, once again, the FSCPASS system is proven to work. And, once again, certain town criers hoping for another crisis to push their agenda are wiping the egg off their face. AGAIN.
We understand that a moratorium is nerve-wracking for performers and difficult for producers. However, it’s essential that when it comes to performer safety, we err on the side of caution. We thank the producers, performers, agents and doctors who worked together during this difficult time for maintaining the moratorium, and for quickly helping establish a list of first generation contacts. While this was a false positive, it is always essential that we remain vigilant in concern to performer health.
The moratorium and testing system has enabled us to prevent any transmission of HIV on an adult film set for over ten years. While opponents of the industry often use our periodic moratoriums as evidence that adult sets are not safe, quite the opposite is true. Moratoriums have and continue to enable us to prevent HIV from being transmitted between adult performers.
Again, we thank everyone who worked so diligently and concertedly to protect performers during this current moratorium.
Either way, we can now exhale and celebrate.