A porn actor recently tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), prompting the adult film watchdog association to call for a halt on production until all performers are screened for the sexually-transmitted disease (STD).

Adult film performers may be engaging in extremely intimate acts on camera, but they are still professionals, and as such have a responsibility to other performers to ensure they are not being exposed to health risks. Cameron Bay, a porn actor since 2010, tested positive for HIV, a fact confirmed by the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) which oversees the health status of adult film performers.

Bay expressed the hope that she had not been instrumental in spreading the disease to her fellow performers. The film industry has conformed with the FSC moratorium and to date, it is unknown if the virus has been transmitted on set. Xander Corvus was Bay’s most recent sex partner but no other performers aside from Bay has tested positive for any STD including HIV.

This is not the first time that STD’s ugly head had reared in the adult film industry, causing production to come to a screeching halt. In 2012, a 42-year-old porn actor known as Mr. Marcus admitted that he falsified his syphilis test results so he could continue working. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail for knowingly exposing his co-performers to the risk of STD.

The Department of Public Health is being criticized by health organizations for not enforcing the Measure B regulation or the County of Los Angeles Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, which requires adult film actors to use condoms during shoots in Los Angeles. The regulation was passed in November 2012, and when challenged by adult film producers, was found constitutional by the federal courts.

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