Film Performer Retests HIV-Negative


A young film performer whose positive HIV test prompted the shutdown of Los Angeles’ billion-dollar porn industry last week has been retested and does not have the virus, an industry trade group said. HIV tests indicate antibodies to the virus in a person’s blood.

According to the World Health Organization, but because they are developed to be particularly sensitive, they can sometimes generate a false positive result. Therefore, positive results must be verified by another test method.

The HIV scare came less than one month after the Free Speech Coalition launched a new online sexual health database aimed at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among porn actors through mandatory testing. To be listed in the database—a requisite for getting work — porn actors must get tested every 30 days and present a clean bill of health. But critics say routine testing does not prevent STDs from creeping in.

“The test is not a substitute for condom use, and perhaps ever,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. “No test can detect HIV at the time of infection. There is always a window of time” are not harmful to their previous infection.

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