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  • 8 December 2013, 6:08

Porn Industry 'Shut Down' After HIV Test

The US porn industry is to shut down again after another performer tested positive for HIV, it has been revealed.

The move has reignited the debate over the use of condoms in adult movies.

Diane Duke, CEO of industry trade group the Free Speech Coalition, called for a suspension of filming after the positive test at one of their testing centers.

"We are taking every precaution while we do research to determine if there's been any threat to the performer pool," Ms Duke said.

"We take the health of our performers very seriously and felt that it was better to err on the side of caution while we determine whether anyone else may have been exposed.

"The next steps will be to perform additional tests, determine a timeline, and identify any first generation partners.

"We want to make sure all performers are protected. The performers' health and safety is the most important thing."

The Adult Production Health and Safety Services provides guidelines and services for the adult industry, designed to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

The LA-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been advocating for required condom use in filming porn scenes in the city, which is not yet the case.

The porn industry has been hit by several positive HIV cases this year, including two in September.