“I don’t know and I don’t really care” That’s what one performer said when asked about the current HIV discovery in the industry.
I kinda knew it would happen, that sooner or later announcements of HIV in the biz would become so common that nobody cares anymore. That seems to be the case this time. yes my traffic is up modestly but nothing like in the past, I am not getting the panicked phone calls about who is it and how did they get it.
Sure I am getting a few but most performers seem to be just shrugging this one off. Twitter isnt even buzzing about it much. It’s as if someone got Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, if we shut down the biz for those the biz would never be open.
The industry reaction has been to call off shooting for three days and to shut down access to the industry testing system. both seem foolish, the first because three days isn’t long enough to prevent additional exposures and because most people are ignoring the moratorium and now can’t check the system that wasnt being used anyway to validate the tests.
We have heard a lot about a two week testing cycle but what we aren’t hearing about is the fact that performers hate it they dont want to shell out another 125 to 150 bucks for another test. Companies are responding by backing off the two week cycle, most companies are back to a 30 day cycle and most performers are fine with that.
APAC issued a statement yesterday parroting what the FSC said, APAC for all it’s potential has turned into little more than a cheering section for Diane Duke and Jeffery Douglas, APAC has done nothing to take on a leadership role and has done less to establish itself as any kind of voice for talent.
And even I am beginning not to care