This is a great read..Don’t forget, APAG/IEAU allegedly took mopey from AHF to sign on to the condom bill, it would seem they are still towing the company line
In a recent series of tweets, the Adult Performers Actors Guild (APAG), a self-described “federally recognized union organizing actors and actresses in the adult film industry,” writes that PrEP — medication proved to be highly effective at preventing HIV — has “become a party drug,” echoing a similar statement made in 2014 by Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, longtime PrEP opponent and the mastermind behind a failed 2016 bill to ban condomless porn in California.
APAG has also repeatedly said that HIV-positive adult film performers who are undetectable — which the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines as having a viral load with less than 200 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood — present a transmission risk to scene partners.
That’s patently false.
In a Sept. 27, 2017, statement, the CDC stated “People who take ART (anti-retroviral therapies) daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.” Over 600 other organizations from 75 countries, including numerous HIV health organizations around the world have all literally signed onto this fact.
The CDC also states, “Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%.”
Calling PrEP (Truvada being its most common form) a “party drug” is an attempt to diminish what is an effective, vital tool in reducing HIV transmission. It also shows that AGAP is out of touch with the science, which states that undetectability equals untransmitability.
I refuse to read the prep propaganda. Prep has become a party drug rather than an added preventative to stop the spread of HIV paired with a condom.
— Adult Performers Actors Guild (@APAGunion) 10:40 PM – Apr 23, 2018
APAG’s tweet (above) is part of the organization’s ongoing response to an April 12 announcement by the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), a nonprofit trade association of the pornography and adult entertainment industry, of a “precautionary production hold” after an adult performer listed in the database for Performer Availability Scheduling Services (PASS) contracted HIV.
The FSC has said that the performer had only participated in shoots that “employed both condoms and PASS testing for STI prevention.” The FSC later determined the unnamed performer didn’t contract HIV on-set and lifted their production hold on April 17, after all the performer’s other scene partners tested negative for HIV.
On April 19, APAG wrote on Twitter that nobody on its board is against HIV-positive performers, clarifying, “What we are for is antigen testing so performers know who is a carrier. Then performers can decide who they want to perform with.”
Antigen testing is a type of HIV test that detects proteins on virus cell surfaces and is, thus, more accurate than Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT), a type of HIV test that only detects HIV when the blood contains a certain amount of the virus.
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