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Campaign to require porn actors to wear condoms gains ground

In response to pressure from AIDS Healthcare Foundation officials, state regulators are poised to consider amending state law to require condom use in adult film production. 

On Thursday, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health standards board is scheduled to consider a petition the foundation filed in December to change state law and require condom use and other safe sex protections for adult-film workers, including increased safety training and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

Board staff and staff at the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health have recommended that the board create an advisory committee to consider amending the law “in order to give greater protection to employees in the adult film industry.” 

“The adult film industry has steadfastly refused to take any steps to protect its workers from diseases spread by blood borne pathogens, resulting in thousands of employees becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Clarification and enhanced enforcement of the rules are called for,” wrote AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein.

Cal/OSHA spokespersons could not be reached for comment.

“This is absolute validation that more regulation of this industry is needed,” Weinstein said. “There’s been a lot of squeamishness about addressing porn. But this report says these are people in a workplace and we have an obligation to protect them.” 

The foundation, a Los Angeles-based advocacy group, has been pressuring regulators and the porn industry to better safeguard the health of adult-film performers since an HIV outbreak among Los Angeles-based performers in 2004, Weinstein said. 

Last summer, the foundation sued Los Angeles County after the disclosure that an adult-film performer had tested positive for HIV. In the suit, they alleged public health officials failed to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and to enforce laws requiring employers to protect workers against exposure to bodily fluids. 

The suit was later dismissed, but the foundation is appealing, Weinstein said. 

--Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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Something tells me this isn't going to work.

That will make about as much sense as requiring all stunts to be filmed showing actors wearing crash helmets.

People watch porn to be caught up in the fantasy - anything that shows "reality" that these people really are worried about AIDS is going to detract from the fantasy.

I'll be this will either not be enforced, or the San Fernando Valley is going to lose its status as the porn capital of the world. Another industry will move out of California. These productions are so low budget they can be done ANYWHERE.

How silly. Do-gooders at their worst. The industry has been pretty clear that on screen condom use does not sell videos, and that the industry will move to Vegas if California mandates condom use.

Why does LA keep coming up with really stupid IDEAS to loose bussiness. If you think about it with any brains, note people who write laws lack this. You would see 1,000,000 of people have sex in LA without them. I see that is much more a problem then porn stars having sex without them on a set

"The adult film industry has steadfastly refused to take any steps to protect its workers from diseases spread by blood borne pathogens, resulting in thousands of employees becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Clarification and enhanced enforcement of the rules are called for."

Ridiculous and blatantly dishonest: the porn industry has been extremely aggressive in dealing with the HIV/AIDS issue. This is why, despite being a business where each star can have sex with hundreds per year, the porn industry has seen only one major AIDS scare since current standards were implemented in 1998. There have been other situations where performers were caught with HIV, but the industry's screening practices were successful in catching them before it was possible to spread the virus to others. In fact, all but four of the performers who've tested HIV-positive acquired it from people outside the sex industry.

A big part of the reason the OSHA thing didn't pass was because bringing porn under OSHA guidelines would actually prohibit mandatory HIV testing. As an anti-discrimination tactic, OSHA standards don't allow employers to require HIV testing. OSHA also wouldn't allow the filmmakers to refuse employment to porn stars on account of their HIV-positive test -- again as part of an 'anti-discrimination' measure.

I know it seems crazy to some people that an industry could actually 'self-regulate' without the government's help, but that's exactly what's happened. The adult film industry is *very* strict on their health policies. But they don't require condoms, and so OSHA would like to tank the effective policies in favor of one which is, at this point, a non-issue.

If that happens, the producers will just move their productions out of the County or out of the State. Probably to Nevada.

Sorry, should have ended that one: "... in favor of one which is based solely on a single policy that is itself, at this point, a non-issue."

it seems to me that you really dont need the government to step in an inforce this. a little common sense should come in to play here. have multiple sexual partners wear a condom. i dont think that it is the governments problem to fix ignorance. STD's have been around forever and people in the adult industry are spreading disease to themselves and others willingly and with no care or concern. seems like they should be put out of business for stupidity and harming the public.

here goes the state trying to milk(no pun intended)the california worker.

Unfortunatly this will only send adult film careers to other states or countries , in the same way that Arnold chased away many people and companies from california by continously raising taxes and stealing from the CA Edu system.

I think this will slow down the industry tremendously. Yes, it is proven that with the use of condoms, we can slow down the spread of STDs (only celebacy can STOP them); however, when I watch an adult film, I must admit that seeing a condon in the picture ruins the scene for me. So much so that I just fast forward or only watch the foreplay portion.

Requiring porn actors to wear condoms in itself is insane. What can be done though is requiring of hiv testing at a regular interval and when an actor/actress is positive for hiv, all other actors/actresses must sign a consent knowing that someone has hiv, and if they do not sign, then a condom must be worn.

Awesome. Let's drive yet another major industry out of California.

How about a campaign for them to put on a brain and get a purposeful life instead of wasting it!

An "out break of HIV"?? I think were beyond the "out break" stage. I hope OSHA considers the courts decision and demand that Weinstein substantiate his research. I would love to know what Weinstein has done with all his research. And were is the government over-site regarding any government funding he claims to have used in research. He has spent a lot of time playing with an unreal amount of blood product at the cost of public dollars.

As long as porn is legal, I think it should be regulated and workers protected. But, I also don't care about the decrease in porn sales/rentals and I don't consider it a great loss if the porn industry leaves California. If this puts a damper in the porn industry, fine.

tell me this.if selling sex is illegal,then why does the porn still go on?These people are getting paid to perform on camera.Hookers go to jail and porn companies should be held accountable as well.

The state is concerned about that last bad outbreak... in 2004??? (and that consisted of what - 7 performers?) Sounds like the industry has been doing a pretty good job of regulating itself. The adult industry (and actually 99% of California industries) doesn't need screw-ups like the state organizations getting involved. Doesn't California have anything else to worry about these days? ... like keeping business here?

I love this! No one has anything to say about the immorality of the porn industry itself, but rather that they need to not give each other diseases. Let your immorality be "healthy". Does anyone see the ship sinking?

Porn is about fantasy, so we don't want to see condoms. If you require condoms, we'll just get our porn from places that don't require condoms, and that industry too will die here.

Address the actual problem, which is STDs, and come up with testing standards and requirements.

All it will do is force another industry out of the state furhter reducing business in California. Way to go State legistators, another victory for anti-business....

I bet the politicians are really going to fight over who has the authority to review all the films to see that each and every swinging dic. is covered.

"Honest honey, it's my job."

If this industry is driven out of the State because of this resolution - that would be great. There would be enormous long term cost savings in health care costs that the state who gain from this.

This industry is a source of spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The benefit of this law would be great for the long term health of the majority of the citizens.

There is really no 'benefit' to this industry.

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So, let them go to Vegas.

The actors know the risks. They are adults and can make their own decisions. This is just another regulation that will force more money and jobs out of the US. If this passes porn companies will move to China, Russia, Cuba or wherever to make their films. Thus, taking jobs away form the cameramen, sound man, key grips, caterers, and everyone else that has a job due to the production of these films here in the US. The Hotels where the actors and production employees stay when filming. The local restaurants that they frequent when on location. It goes on and on. This will not stop anything, it will only take away jobs and money from the US market and put it in another part of the world. Thanks again to our elected officials for making LESS jobs in the US not more.

its very expensive to move an entire industry...
many other states have tried to woo away the film industry, including florida, to no avail.
the reason the porn industry is here is because the other film industry is as well. they are related.
why is everyone up in arms about this anyway.
whats the big deal?

 
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