Advocates Call For California Law To Make Condom-Use Mandatory At Porn Studios

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LOS ANGELES – Workers in the sex industry should have the tools they need to do their job well and safely. That’s what health advocates will argue early next week when they hold a press conference in Los Angeles demanding that the California State government adopts legislation that makes wearing condoms on porn production sets, law.

One of the nation’s largest healthcare non-profits, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation released a press released on Friday stating that, “The State of California should mandate the use condoms by actors performing in films produced by the California industry. AHF further believes a ‘condoms in porn’ bill should be drafted as a worker safety provision of California’s Labor Code akin to how the Labor Code currently requires the use of hard hats and other garments and barriers as safely precautions on certain California work sites and locations.”

The organization may have been prompted to call for the press event after the Los Angeles Times’ published a news story earlier this week which stated that as many as 22 actors and actresses of straight porn have tested positive for HIV in the last five years. The Times has continued to cover the story and on Friday it reported that the Adult Industry Healthcare Foundation — an organization funded by the porn industry to provide HIV testing to sex workers — hasn’t been cooperative with state health officials in helping them find out if more porn stars are infected.

LA Times (6/12/09):

“AIM Healthcare has never been cooperative with us and our investigations,” said Dean Fryer, a spokesman for the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health. So far, the San Fernando Valley-based clinic has declined to tell county or state officials the name of the performer or her employer.

“You’d think they’d want to be a full partner in trying to prevent the spread of this disease,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, health officer for Los Angeles County.

In the gay porn industry condoms are required, but in straight porn actors and actresses don’t have to wear protection, said the AIDS organization. “The Larry Flynt’s Hustler label is considered a ‘condom optional’ production house, but those in the business know what this really means: ‘Condoms allowed, but if you demand to use one, you probably won’t be asked to work again!’”

Advocates for condom-use in the porn industry say that adult-industry millionaire Larry Flynt has publicly opposed to the use of condoms and that they can’t count on him to take this urgent message to the Californian legislature.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation will hold a rally on Monday outside of the Hustler, Hollywood store.

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