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Sep 12 2011

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HIV Porn Crisis: Finally Facts—Raising Far More Questions

Luxembourg press release from adult film company Manwin, and separate legal letter to AHF help to establish three facts:

1) Florida is the location of this latest reported adult industry-related HIV case,

2) the performer in question reportedly participated in adult film production for

www.mofos.com, which shares most of the same corporate addresses as Manwin’s Brazzers.com website, and

3) the discovery of a preliminary HIV positive test in a working adult film performer.

These new facts raise also alarming questions as to industry advocacy group, the Free Speech Coalition’s qualifications for, control of, and pace of what should be a public health investigation, as well as if on-camera sexual partners of the performer have been notified and tested, and if public health authorities have been notified, to the extent required by law

By: AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2011

Nearly one full week after an adult film performer was reported to have tested HIV positive and the industry responded with a self-imposed moratorium on shooting new adult films, facts have emerged in the case that raise far more—and far more alarming—questions on the incident and the handling of the case by the industry as well as the required public health follow up and investigation. In response to this latest reported HIV case—thought to be the 23rd adult industry-related HIV case since 2004—AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) filed health and safety complaints yesterday with federal OSHA officials and the Florida Department of Public Health to prompt industry compliance with employee health and safety regulations and to spur proper and thorough public health investigations of this alleged incident.

A press release posted on the website www.avn.com datelined today from Luxembourg from the adult film conglomerate Manwin (owner of the website www.brazzers.com ), and a separate legal letter sent to AHF helped to establish three facts in the case: 1) Florida is the location of this latest reported adult industry-related HIV case, 2) the performer in question reportedly participated in adult film production for www.mofos.com, an adult film production company that shares most of the same corporate office addresses as Manwin’s Brazzers.com website, and 3) the legal letter sent to AHF on behalf of Manwin confirms the discovery of a preliminary HIV positive test in a working adult film performer.

“These new facts raise several alarming questions on this latest incident of HIV exposure in the adult film industry and as to both the industry’s and public health officials’ response,” said Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “Key questions include what the adult industry’s advocacy group the Free Speech Coalition’s qualifications are for conducting what should be a public health investigation? Why do they seem to be controlling it, and why is it taking so long to confirm or refute the initial suspected case? Have on-camera sexual partners of the suspected HIV-infected actor have been notified and tested, and have public health authorities have been notified of the initial individual’s infection to the extent required by law?”

In its press release from earlier today, Manwin officials state:

“We are currently waiting for a final and clear result on whether or not ‘Patient A’ has tested positive for HIV,” the press release concludes. “This process and its corresponding privacy implications means that we cannot comment further until the full results have been legally transmitted and disclosed.”

Manwin, as reported in the Miami News Times, Sept. 1, 2011

“Nearly one full week has gone by since the initial HIV test was likely done and this positive test was first reported by the Free Speech Coalition,” added AHF’s Weinstein. “We—and the public—want to understand the following questions:

• Why has Free Speech Coalition’s ‘investigation’ have not been completed?

• How much longer will it take?

• Why is any ‘investigation’ needed, when two rapid tests that would take 40 minutes, are sufficient to determine if someone is positive?

• What qualifies FSC to conduct an ‘investigation?’

• Have the sexual partners of these performers been notified and tested?

• Has notification of the initial positive test result been reported to authorities, to the extent required by law?”

Multiple organizations committed to protecting the public health have previously called for mandatory use of condoms in the production of adult films, including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the California Conference of Local AIDS Directors, the California STD Controllers Association, the National Coalition of STD Directors, the National Association of City and County Health Officials, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the California Medical Association.

 

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