One of the things I have been chasing for two weeks is a rumor that there is an HIV positive male performer working in the biz. He is passing the Industry test because his viral load is undetectably low.
This is mostly coming from female performers spreading the word via social media. I have not been able to confirm or deny it but I feel I should make it known as a warning. This business has been working under the false impression that the Aptima Viral load test is the best test for HIV for porn performers and that is flat out NOT TRUE.
The oft quoted window period was true 20 years ago, that is no longer the case, there is very little IF ANY difference in the window period for the ELISA test and the Aptima test given advances in testing over the last 20 years but the Aptima test is inferior because if you have HIV and are on the drug treatments you will drop to an undetectable viral load meaning you will test negative, that is NOT the case with the ELISA test. In the past I personally have used both, using the oral swab ELISA test prior to every shoot as a fail safe against this, I am considering dropping the Aptima test altogether because there is no longer any advantage to it.
Since I won’t be writing here if and when this does come out I would suggest that performers start using the oral swab test as I did IN ADDITION to the industry test. its cheap its effective and it may prevent you from catching HIV.
I encourage all performers to ask their DOCTOR not the FSC about this if they have any questions.