CANOGA PARK, Calif.—The following statement has been issued by Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS.org):
“An adult performer has tested positive for HIV. This performer worked exclusively on condom-only sets. As a precautionary measure, APHSS is providing retests for the small number of performers with which the infected individual had performed. All retests have come back negative and there is no indication that any transmission — including that of the positive performer — happened on set.”
APHSS.org supports adult industry standards for performer STI testing and upholds industry protocols in the event of an exposure incident. Adult industry trade association Free Speech Coalition (FSC) operates APHSS.org.
TheSword.com is reporting that it has confirmed that a male gay performer has tested positive for HIV. "According to multiple sources," reported Zach for the site, "The Sword can confirm that a male gay porn performer has tested positive for HIV. The positive results came back after routine testing for a scheduled shoot with Men.com.
"Given that Men.com’s shoots are condom-only," he continued, "it’s highly unlikely that the performer contracted HIV while on set. Also, the performer is said to have worked 'exclusively' in condom-only productions."
FSC CEO Diane Duke confirmed to The Sword the existence of an infected performer while declining to confirm their gender or deny where they had worked, but Zach added, "The Sword can confirm that multiple models working for Men.com (including one Men.com exclusive) have been contacted by APHSS and have been asked to come in for a retest. So far, no other results have come back positive.
"Again," he concluded, "it’s important to reiterate that all of Men.com’s shoots are condom-only, and they have (quite clearly) a testing protocol in place. Meaning, the system worked and caught what it was supposed to catch."
The Sword is also now reporting, "Manwin (Men.com) has ceased production on all shoots until all retests have been completed."
4:25 p.m. update:
AVN received an official comment from Manwin: “Third-party producers creating content for Men.com have been requested to cease all production until further notice. Men.com will wait on the APHSS to confirm when production may resume.”