U.K. HIV Scare: False Alarm, Production Halt Lifted

LONDON—The United Kingdom's Adult Industry Trade Association (AITA) has announced that the performer who received an initial positive test result for HIV, prompting the organization Wednesday to call for an immediate suspension of all production in the region, has been cleared via a follow-up test of this or any other sexually transmitted disease. In turn, AITA has issued a green light for scheduled production to resume.

In a statement on its website, AITA said: "We would like to thank the UK adult industry for such a rapid response following AITA's request for all UK production work to be suspended until the results for the second test were received. ... The industry-wide suspension can now be lifted. Although this case turned out to be a false alarm, we suggest that any performers concerned about their health get a new test before shooting again."

In addition, the statement noted, "AITA have now set up a sexual health sub-committee in order to examine whether industry testing and sexual health procedures are adequate to deal with future, genuine HIV outbreaks. We urge all industry members who are not already AITA members to join and help make the organization a stronger, better-funded body that can best represent the needs of the industry."

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