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Porn industry blasts condom campaign

September 1, 2011 |  8:12 am

Porn industry blasts condom campaign
A porn industry trade group blasted the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's campaign for mandatory condom use in the adult film industry and accused the organization of "grandstanding" and spreading misinformation.

The strongly worded statement issued Wednesday by the Canoga Park-based Free Speech Coalition came in response to complaints filed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation with federal and Florida state health officials after the disclosure that an adult film performer tested HIV-positive.

The complaints call upon the Florida Department of Health and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to investigate the incident and "take all appropriate steps to ensure that workers in the adult film industry are protected from the threat of sexually transmitted infections."

Diane Duke, director of the adult film industry trade group, said they have been falsely accused of withholding information about the incident from public health officials. She said there is no "authorized information" confirming a positive HIV test result and no county public health investigation underway.

As a precaution, Duke said the group is investigating and has called for a moratorium on production.

"AHF’s campaign for mandatory condoms has done nothing but create controversy and, with the closure of AIM [clinic], has deprived the adult industry of an important health and safety resource,” Duke said.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is trying to get a measure placed on Los Angeles' June 2012 ballot that would require adult film performers to use condoms in porn productions that seek city film permits. It would be the first time that voters are asked to weigh in on the issue.

In California, adult film performers must be tested every 30 days and show proof of a negative test before they perform, according to voluntary industry standards.

"Testing is not a substitute for condoms," said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "Testing is not a form of prevention."

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-- Anna Gorman and Kimi Yoshino

Photo: Members of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation protest the adult film industry earlier this year. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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