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AIDS group makes new push for condom use during porn filming

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation today will ask state regulators to require the use of condoms during filming of adult films, saying the porn industry is failing to comply with safety rules.

The move is the latest by the group to pressure the industry and government regulators to do more to safeguard the health of performers.

Earlier this year, the foundation sued Los Angeles County, alleging that public health officials had failed to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and enforce laws requiring employers to protect workers against exposure to bodily fluids.

The suit was filed after the disclosure that an adult-film performer had tested positive for HIV.

The foundation said it will argue to the board of the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health that the porn industry should follow the same regulations covering blood-borne diseases as hospitals do.

-- Shelby Grad

 
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I wonder if any studies have been done showing the rate of STD's or HIV among the those in the adult film industry as opposed to the general population as a whole?

From a public health standpoint, I have always endorsed the use of condoms and other latex barrier methods in the porn industry. But the fact remains latex porn remains a niche market and most heterosexual pornography is still devoid of safer-sex practices.

The biggest opponents of condoms as an occupational safety precaution are the studio heads themselves -- Larry Flynt is particularly vocal. They cite concerns that consumers will not buy their products if the actors use condoms. With revenues already declining and market shares dwindling thanks to the proliferation of cheap/free internet pornography, of course the big studios are going to balk.

But at this point in the game, the big studios are relying on their reputations to sell their products anyway. If a porn consumer wants to buy a DVD from Vivid, Hustler or Wicked Pictures, they will do so because they recognize the names and the actresses. If the consumer just wants to see a random person having sex, they will just troll the Internet to find it. It is as though the two markets aren't truly competing with each other.

So I would endorse imposing safety standards on the adult industry in CA. My concern, however, would be the spread of diseases among "amateur" pornographers, as they are nearly impossible to regulate.

Where's the outcry from the performers themselves in this debate? NOWHERE! Stop trying to impose you're right wing agenda on us! We are aware of what we do and the vast majority of us are happy with the current testing protocol provided by Aim Healthcare. No one seems all that interested in asking us the performers if we're for or against this petition. WE ARE FINE,AND WE ARE NOT CHILDREN!!!! Get a life!!

Seems to me that STD's and/or HIV infection is a hazard of the job people choose to do. Just as debilitating injuries plague many former NFL players, they chose to play football. The issue is that people who view pornography would rather watch condomless action. It's pretty simple. And that's what's going to drive the production.

This is Lori from AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the nonprofit organization seeking an amendment to the workplace safety regulations.

In reply to the question from Paul S. re: rates of STDs among adult film performers. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, workers in the adult film industry are ten times more likely to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease than members of the general population. The County has documented 2,013 cases of chlamydia and 965 cases of gonorrhea among workers between the years 2003 and 2007. However, it is widely believed these rates are severely underestimated due to the fact that testing is limited.

In addition, as many as 25 industry-related cases of HIV have been reported since 2004.

Regarding Mr. Ashley's points, there are numerous former adult film performers who have joined the effort and have spoken out publicly in support of mandatory condom use on film sets.

AHF's concern is workplace safety. The state does not leave it up to workers on construction sites to decide whether they want protection from the inherent dangers of the job. Hard hats are required.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has a right wing agenda? Nice try, Mark Ashley, but off the mark.

Re: Paul S. post: I work for AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the nonprofit organization that has filed the petition today to clarify worker safety regulations to expressly require condom use in adult films.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, workers in the adult film industry are ten times more likely to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease than members of the population at large. The County documented 2,013 individual cases of chlamydia and 965 cases of gonorrhea among workers between the years 2003 and 2007. The County has observed that many workers suffer multiple infections, with some performers having four or more separate infections over the course of a year. These rates are widely believed to be vastly underestimated as testing is limited.

In addition, as many as 25 industry-related cases of HIV have been reported since 2004.

Re: Mark Ashley post: There are numerous former adult film performers who have joined the effort and have spoken out strongly in support of mandatory condom use.

AHF's concern is workplace safety. The state does not leave it up to workers on construction sites to decide whether they want protection from the inherent dangers of the job. Hard hats are required.

If anyone needs an idea of who has been infected/passed away in the adult industry in the last decade due to HIV/Åids complications, here it is:

(There is also also a list from the 1990's that is just as long)
[Bianca Biaggi is a Brazilian porn actress who filmed in Rio De Janeiro performing unprotected an-l s-x with Darren James. Bianca Biaggi has Aids/HIV. Darren James came up positive on his test in April 2004 with Aids/HIV after working with Bianca on March 10, 2004.]

[Darren James (aka: Robert) was a 5'10" straight black male born February 25, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. He was active in porn 1997-2004. He was in over 300 original straight porn films. After he was infected in 2004 and tested positive with Aids/HIV on April 12, 2004, he directed 6 straight porn films. Darren James got infected with Aids/HIV while filming in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 10, 2004: unprotected an-l s-x with Brazilian porn actress: Bianca Biaggi. That's why it's safer to film in the states and get a PCR-DNA, plus use safe adult practices. When Darren James returned from Brazil his test had not shown up positive yet, and he worked with around 13 female performers in unprotected an-l scenes that included internal an-l ej-culation (the exchange of bodily fluids), some of which were infected with Aids/HIV through Darren James. Since this particular outbreak, performers who now go overseas are supposed to wait a month upon return pending test results prior to performing in the states again.]

[Jennifer is a transs-xual porn performer (she-male/he-she) who was diagnosed positive with Aids/HIV on May 4, 2004. Jennifer was active in porn 1994-2004 and was in 18 original gay porn films, although 3 of those films were not released until 2005. Jennifer had been in films such as: Caballero Home Video 2001's "Guess Who's Cu-ming," Sunshine Films Inc. 2002's "Brazilian She Males: Luxuria Lust," Roberthill 2003's "Make Up," Anabolic Video 2004's "T-Girls," and Devil's Films 2004's "Transs-xual Pr-stitutes 25." This is not uncommon for a gay or transs-xual performer to have Aids/HIV as there had already been way over 100 gay males in the adult porn industry who have died with Aids/HIV.]

[Jessica Dee (aka: Dee, Jessica Jane, Jessica Roma, Alice Borman) was a 5'4" blonde born in the Czech Republic November 14, 1978. She was active in porn 1999-2004 and had started in porn at age 21. She wasn't around to be educated about what ways a young lady should behave in society and about the past history of the porn industry... as she had come to the United States from the Czech Republic. Jessica was in around 150 original porn films, and there are at least 8 compilations out derived from previous footages. She had worked for production companies such as: 4-Play Video, Adam & Eve, Anabolic, Elegant Angel, Hustler Video, Jill Kelly, Legend, Metro, New Sensations, Private, Rosebud, Sin City, Vivid, Wicked Pictures + many other production companies, and is an unfortunate loss to the porn industry. She had performed an-l & sometimes DP/DPP in at least 64 of those porn films. Beautiful Jessica Dee acquired Aids/HIV from Darren James while performing unprotected s-x in a porn scene March 24, 2004, after Darren had returned from Brazil. Jessica tested positive for Aids/HIV April 2004. She was banned thereafter from performing in adult porn, but went on to be a porn film director for Platinum X Pictures series: "Throat Yogurt." She only directed five porn films for Platinum X Pictures in 2004, but it kept her busy for a short while. One scene in this game of Russian Roulette, one unprotected mistake, and she must now spend the rest of her life with Aids/HIV.]

[Lara Roxx (aka: Laura Roxx, Lana Roxx, Laura Coxx, Lara Coxx, Lara Cox) was a porn actress with black hair & dark eyes who was diagnosed with Aids/HIV 2004 after working with Darren James (& Marc Anthony) in a porn scene on March 24, 2004 in a double an-l, which the scene would have originally been included in "Split That Bo-ty 2" yet was not included in the film due to this infection having occurred. She was from Canada and had only been doing porn for a few months in the year 2004. She had been in 5 porn films: "18 Year Old P-ssy 2," "An-l Teen Tryouts 4," "College Dropouts 1," "Teen Hand Wh-res 2," & "White Girls Su-k And Swall-w 1." After she came out positive with Aids/HIV... she was informed that Entertainment Tonight would fly her to New York and pay her $3,500 to tape an interview.]

[Mariesa Arroyo (aka: Miss Aroyo, Miss Arroyo) was born July 1977, ethnicity: Latin, years active: 2000-2004. She had performed in around 100 original adult porn films, and there were around 10 compilations derived from previous footages. After four years in porn, Miss Aroyo acquired Aids/HIV on March 30, 2004 while filming with Darren James in a straight porn scene with unprotected s-x performing double an-l pen-tration. Darren James has Aids/HIV! Miss Aroyo tested positive for Aids/HIV April 2004. d**k Nast- was her manager, and made sure she was getting counseling thereafter.]

[Mark Anthony was born March 24, 1967 in Cardiff, UK (Europe), Ethnicity: White. Active as a performer: 1993-2003; This Mark Anthony was a gay male performer. He started off straight, moved to Earl's Court in London, married, had two children. He ran in trouble with the law and while in prison he had several gay encounters with inmates, crossing over to gay. When he got out, he let his wife know. He worked at gay nightclub Heaven, then in 1993 won Mr Gay UK beauty contest. He went on to do gay porn in Sitges (near Barcelona) for the production company: Man For Man. Then he flew out to Miami to work with director Kristen Bjorn in his gay fetish line for production company: Hot House. He was in male/male gay porn films such as 1997's "Anchor Hotel," and his last film ever was 2003's "Mo Betta Butt." With white Mark Anthony, instead of going from gay to straight... he went from straight to gay. The girls are all lucky he only did gay films and never crossed-over to straight. He was only in about ten gay porn films. He was then diagnosed HIV positive! Away from porn, his ambition was to become a chef and better father.]

[Tori Coca Flame was a black porn actress who was more of an unknown that performed unprotected an-l s-x. She was in Hollywood Video's porn flick "Black Erotic Moments #8." She was diagnosed positive with Aids/HIV January 2001. Ironically, this porn flick came out on DVD February 2001, and it is very haunting as it was believed to have been actually from footage originally made 1996. The male performers in that flick were other unknowns: Eric Stone, Jeff Butler, Kimber Blake, & Tony Michaels. If Eric Stone did infect Tori Coca Flame, it apparently took 5 years for the Aids virus that must have been dormant in her system to become HIV active and show up in the blood test results, or she may not have bothered to get a blood test again until 2001. That's why testing is very important! You see, [b]Eric Stone died Dec. 24, 1996 with Aids/HIV. Eric Stone did both gay porn and straight porn all in the same period of time.[/b] Eric Stone was in 14 original films before he died Dec. 1996 and 10 compilations (including "Black Erotic Moments #8") that came out from 1997-2006 derived from old footages shot pre-1996. For example, he was in Filmco Releasing 1996's straight porn flick "Anna Amore's Fantasy G-ng Bang" with female Anna Amore (aka: Stormy Weather) and in Falcon 1996's "Ripe For Harvest" with only gay males.]

[Niki Lae was a porn actress. She was diagnosed positive with Aids/HIV on January 18, 2000. She was active in porn 1998-2000 and was in only ten original porn films. At which point she stopped performing porn with males. One compilation came out year 2002 derived from old pre-2000 footages. Somehow she performed in a 2004 porn flick for distributor: Fantasy Productions in a porn film titled "Brats And B-tches," even though she has Aids/HIV and has had it since year 2000. Perhaps she did herself in the film, I'm assuming, but more than likely that film is a compilation derived from pre-2000 old footages. Niki Lae was not a high-profile pornstar, and that's why no attention was really drawn by her coming up positive with Aids/HIV in year 2000.]

@ Kev re: Porn stars infected/died of HIV. I don't think anyone is questioning whether or not porn stars get infected/die from HIV. The question is whether or not the rate of HIV infection among porn workers is greater than the rate in the general population as a whole.

The First Amendment matters. The difference between porn performers and health workers is that the porn performers job involves the production of expressive material, and expressive material is protected by the First Amendment. That means that porn producers have a right to produce whatever image they want to, and to depict it in whatever way they see fit, so long as no other laws are broken and all participants are voluntary. A condom mandate, therefore, is unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds because it impacts the image the producer is attempting to depict, and thus constitutes a governmental intrusion into the creative and artistic freedom of the producer.

Having unprotected sex is not a crime. Why should it be a crime to depict it?

"Where's the outcry from the performers themselves in this debate? NOWHERE! Stop trying to impose you're right wing agenda on us! We are aware of what we do and the vast majority of us are happy with the current testing protocol provided by Aim Healthcare. No one seems all that interested in asking us the performers if we're for or against this petition. WE ARE FINE,AND WE ARE NOT CHILDREN!!!! Get a life!!"

Surely you jest? This is a push for a nanny state agenda and you are calling it right-wing? Your ignorance is amusing.

Though I personally agree you with. You aren't children, you can decide for yourself whether to cover up. As someone else stated, HIV is just an occupational hazard for the porn industry.

Excellent stuff i think porn stars should use condom during making porn sex,everybody should be aware by HIV infection.


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