Adult film stars given new Covid testing advice ahead of shooting X-rated films

Some porn stars will no longer need to get tested for coronavirus if they're fully vaccinated – making it easier to shoot X-rated films.

The Performer Availability Screening Services [PASS], a body which monitors testing in the porn sector, recently updated its guidance in California, the US.

PASS is no longer asking that people on set get tested during the production process if they're fully protected against the diasease, Adult Video News [AVN] originally reported.

It came after a change in guidance from the state’s The Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board.

However, porn stars are still urged to follow the following guidelines: “All people, including those fully vaccinated, should be screened for symptoms prior to being allowed on set.

“Face coverings are still recommended.

“Covid-19 testing within 48 hours prior to production for talent and crew who have not been fully vaccinated.”

More changes to masks and social distancing rules are set to come into effect in California on June 15.

Porn stars keen to prove their vaccinated status can also submit their ID and a copy of their medical record through a PASS form.

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A person is considered fully covered 14 days after their second vaccine dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or 14 days after their first dose of Johnson & Johnson.

At the onset of the pandemic, many of the world’s major porn studious shut as lockdowns were introduced, and have had to contend with social distancing measures ever since.

However, many performers benefited from the fact that viewers were stuck at home.

Maitland Ward, who starred in US sitcom Boy Meets World before getting into adult films, last year told The Wrap: “Actually, I’ve seen upturns in some of my income because people are home and they want entertainment and they want to get away from all the corona stuff.”

The resilience of porn’s economy comes from the fact that porn performers “have the option of creating solo content”.

AVN senior editor Sherri Shaulis told The Wrap: “Truth be told, performers on our side are in a better spot because they can still create and make money.”

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PornHub star Riley Reid earlier told the Daily Star how she and her colleagues had been affected.

She said last June: “There are a lot of people who help make an adult production come to life and with the virus we have all been at a loss.

“Many of which have lost income and are out of work for months on end have been impacted negatively due to the freelance work they offer.

“Although many people at home are still consuming the content of pornography, with the large amount of time spent at home, there is very limiting abilities to continue to work during the pandemic.”

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