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Court Rules Cybernet, Owners of KINK.com, Unprotected Against Actors’ HIV Claims

A federal court has ruled that Cybernet, owners of the popular website KINK.com, may be held accountable against claims they allegedly caused three porn performers to contract the HIV virus. In the ruling upheld by the federal court, California’s State Insurance Compensation Fund has no obligation to financially cover the series of claims. This case may set precedence forcing companies to cover the health expenses for performers who are found to have contracted HIV on their set, instead of their workers compensation insurance. While it has yet to be determined if the performers were infected on the Cybernet set, if the performers claims are founded, Cybernet could be liable for all costs. For the full story, read below.   Summary Judgment for Insurer Leaves Porn…

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PERFORMER POLL- INDUSTRY TESTING PROTOCOLS

As a performer in the adult industry, we are met with different issues on a regular basis. With changes in society and science, it is important that we stay informed regarding the potential health risks we take.  Through research and meetings with medical staff, we have learned that our current testing protocols for HIV are inadequate. While the test we currently use gives the fastest detection of NEW HIV infection, it does not and will not register as positive if someone is HIV + and using antiretroviral medication.  With this revelation, the Adult Performers Actors Guild is speaking out for performers to demand that an additional test be added to the testing panel. While some organizations have pushed their agenda based on stigma, we believe in…

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From Dr. Jason Goldman Regarding Our HIV Testing

It has come to my attention that there is some confusion regarding HIV testing and the transmissibility of HIV. A brief summary is as follows. Upon initial infection, the virus rapidly replicates inside the host and is immediately contagious. Unfortunately, modern testing can not detect the virus for a period of time, known as a window period. During the initial period of infection, the person has an undetectable viral load but is still infected. This is a false negative test result. A NAT test can become positive around 10 days while the antigen/antibody test takes about 18 days. During this acute infection period, the individual is highly contagious with rapidly replicating virus. During the initial infection, undetectable means a window period exists and the virus…

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The Adult Performers Actors Guild Calls for Immediate New HIV Antigen Testing!

For the last few weeks, members of the Adult Performers Actors Guild, especially our board of officers, have been questioning the functionality of the current test used for the detection of HIV for performers in the adult industry. Through research and discussion with our APAG and PASS affiliated doctor, Dr. Jason Goldman,  we learned that the test we currently use to detect HIV allows for those on antiviral medication, medication that suppresses the HIV virus in your system, to potentially pass through our testing system and into our worker pool. This concern was met with dismay and rejection from some within the Free Speech Coalition, who currently manage our PASS performer testing service and database. Last night, we attended a meeting where we were given…

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Saying Goodbye to Shyla Stylez

It is with heavy hearts that the board of the Adult Performers Actors Guild address the passing of famed performer Shyla Stylez . Many of us within the Guild had wonderful relationships with Miss Stylez and we are deeply saddened by her passing. The community grows tighter when we lose one of our own, and we would like to remind performers that in this time of grief we offer guidance and support. The Adult Industry Support Group is available to offer peer counseling in this time of mourning. We want to extend our prayers and love to those who cared for Shyla, her family, and her fans. She will always be a legend in this industry, and she will truly be missed. To contact the…

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PERFORMER MEETING NOV. 9

  PERFORMER MEETING NOVEMBER 9, 2017 7:30PM  The officers and board members of the Adult Performers Actors Guild are calling for a Performer Meeting Thursday, November 9th at 7:30pm. Over the last few days, the board members of the Adult Performers Actors Guild have been openly discussing new concerns regarding testing protocols, the CA SB239 bill regarding the intentional passing of HIV, and the concern about potential HIV+ performers working in talent pools. With certain industry groups claiming discrimination on behalf of potential HIV positive performers, members of the Adult Performers Actors Guild and other performers have expressed extreme concern regarding this dangerous situation. We are working to call an immediate performer only meeting to discuss the concerns of members, and nonmembers, to create a…

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PERFORMERS- What You Need to Know About Undetected HIV

October 26,2017 – The following statement has been provided to the Adult Performers Actors Guild by Dr Goldman – The recently published statement from the CDC regarding the transmissibility of HIV in patients with undetectable viral loads should be taken in context of two important factors. The first part highlights the importance and success of medical advances to combat a serious and deadly public health threat. The second part illustrates the need for better access to care and treatment. While an undetectable viral load has been shown to prevent the transmission of HIV to an uninfected partner, it presupposes that the viral load is always below that level and that the individual is compliant and consistent with anti-retroviral therapy. It is important to differentiate between…

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