7:24 p.m. September 16, 2013

Porn Again

Get ready to celebrate - Porn Valley is scheduled to safely reopen its legs!

This evening, Free Speech Coalition’s Performer Availability Screening Services (FSC/PASS) announced via XBIZ that the production moratorium will be lifted on Friday, September 20th. The industry has been at a standstill since September 6th. The current halt is the second in a string of moratoria, both stemming from an HIV positive test in a current performer.

As I explained last week, none of the performers involved was found to have contracted the virus on set and investigators found no other instances of HIV transmission in connection with the case responsible for the current moratorium.

In order to be cleared to work, performers must have a clean test on or after Thursday, September 19th. Additionally, current testing protocols have been changed: performers must test every fourteen days. This move was foreshadowed in my interview with Sovereign Syre, as she mentioned that there had been talk of moving from a monthly to a bimonthly testing mandate. In the PASS statement, FSC Diane Duke expands on this change, affirming the move to an even more conservative approach.

“Our industry protocols are designed to be conservative and our doctors support a conservative approach, for the health and well-being of the performers. That is why moving forward, the physicians have recommended and we have implemented, a 14-day testing protocol."

The fourth case, as claimed by AHF’s Michael Weinstein remains unsubstantiated.

Those lamenting the loss of performer education that had been provided by the now-shuttered Adult Industry Medical Testing Services will have even more to celebrate. To complement the move to a 14-day testing protocol, FSC/PASS has announced they plan to work with doctors, workplace safety specialists, and performers to support a performer education program.

It seems that yet again, the response from the adult industry is measured, medically conservative, thoughtful, and safe. But I guess rampant moral hysteria and the rantings of a man obsessed with putting condoms on each and every porn cock destined for a downstairs orifice make for better pageviews.