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Old 23rd August 2009, 08:18 PM
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Porn makers challenged for not mandating condoms

By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER - Associated Press Writer
Published - Aug 22 2009 06:14PM EDT



An AIDS advocacy group filed complaints Thursday with state officials against 16 production companies that show unprotected sex in porn movies.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed the action with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, alleging the practice amounts to unsafe behavior in a California workplace.

"We will not stop until there is a policy of requiring condoms to be used in porn," foundation president Michael Weinstein said.

By law, U.S. adult film actors must prove they have tested negative for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases within 30 days of going to work on a film.

CalOSHA spokesman Dean Fryer said the regulatory agency requires workers in any industry where there is a "possibility of transmission of fluids," including health care and adult films, to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

"The employers of porn actors are required to provide a safe and healthy work environment," Fryer said.

Nearly 60 adult DVDs accompany the complaints against Hustler Video, Maverick Entertainment, Vivid and other porn production companies in Los Angeles. Many people in the multibillion-dollar industry oppose the use of condoms in the films.

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt told The Associated Press, "people who enjoy viewing adult films do not want to see people using condoms."

"While it might provide some additional protection, the sales are not going to be there to make the effort worthwhile for the actors and actresses," he said.

Flynt praised laws mandating monthly testing for adult film actors as a highly effective way to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Vivid Entertainment head Steven Hirsch agreed.

"If we didn't think the proper testing was in place, we would do something about it," he said.

A call to Maverick was not immediately returned.

Weinstein said AIDS could be spread through the on-camera behavior and noted that many people get their sex education from porn movies.

Watching unprotected sex could prompt them to be careless during sex acts, he said.

Former porn actress Jan Meza said she asked about the use of condoms when she first started appearing in adult films in 2006.

"I was told that I would never get work again," said Meza, who later contracted herpes.

Meza stopped appearing in films in 2007 and went to work for a charity group that provides safe haven to performers who want to leave the industry.

The labor complaints are part of the AIDS advocacy group's broader campaign to mandate the use of condoms in porn.

Last month, it filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, calling on officials to enforce health and safety rules on adult film sets to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

In June, CalOSHA inspectors paid a surprise visit to the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation in San Fernando Valley, a clinic where an adult film actress recently tested positive for HIV.

The inspection was part of a broader investigation into the clinic, which has reported 22 other HIV cases since 2004. At least five performers tested positive for HIV that year, prompting a brief self-imposed moratorium on porn production.

Fryer said CalOSHA is awaiting a court ruling on an injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union to prevent the agency from accessing medical files at the clinic.

"Our elected officials and our government are treating the young people who are performing in these films as trash that don't deserve protection," Weinstein said.

Weinstein said no state legislators have agreed to sponsor the group's proposal to mandate condoms in porn movies.

Hirsch said the adult film industry would likely leave California if the use of condoms became mandatory.
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Old 23rd August 2009, 08:29 PM
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No matter how noble, I am always hesitant to extend additional authority to the government to regulate our sex lives. Yes, the use of condoms in any risky, including multi-partner, sexual act is a wise means to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. Do I want the government to tell me that I HAVE to use a condom? No, that is a personal choice.

Some in the adult industry are prone to chalk this up to another attempt to close down production. They cite the industry's self imposed testing programs and lack of significant cases in the field. Even a lot of the cases that have occurred are the results of porn actors and actresses working in unregulated productions overseas. This new rule would not apply to them, and may (IMO) diminish the importance placed on regular and timely testing.

As long as there is a market for "No Condom" adult videos, the industry will continue to make them, or at least reissue old features from before AIDS. If we allow the government to impose condom use on all performers, it will be a simple step to ban the sale and ownership of no condom videos.

Once again, we must yell at government to:

KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY DICK!
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Old 29th August 2009, 11:56 AM
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Yup. The Government should keep their hands off your dick. No doubt, the government must stay out of our intimate and private sphere, to some extent.

Porn production is a legal business in California, and the government have every right to impose the rule of law and regulations, if such exist. If the government can legally impose smoking ban in bars, in order to protect the non-smokers, there is no reason for it to stop short of mandating the use of condoms in commercial porn productions for the same reason.

We can all easily agree that whatever happens between or among consenting adults in the privacy of their bedrooms is purely their own business, for as long as it does not negatively affect anyone else. (Knowingly infecting people with HIV is a crime in many jurisdictions.)

Commercial porn production is NOT taking place in anyone's private bedroom. Thus, a different set of rules apply.

KD
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Old 29th August 2009, 12:04 PM
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I tell you what. When the government stops treating porn makers like myself like we're guilty until proven innocent. maybe I'll agree. Until then, get the fuck out of my life Big Brother.
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