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AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry


Update: Protected porn production...

Californians reject anti-porn measure allowing campaigners to sue producers of condomless porn

Link Here 9th November 2016
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California voters have rejected Proposition 60, which would have required actors to use condoms in porn films.

The measure also created new licensing requirements, as well as testing, vaccinations and medical exams of performers. It also included a nasty provision allowing producers to be sued if they violate the law.

The measure would have created a lawsuit bonanza by allowing anyone, including vindictive anti-porn campaigners to sue people who produce and distribute adult films, even for example, married couples who make videos in their own homes.

With 99.7%of the precincts at least partially reporting, the No's carried the day with 53.9% versus 46.1% of the Yes's.

The measure was sponsored by an anti porn group calling itself the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.



Update: Access Denied...

Adult industry warns California porn viewers that porn will be blocked in the state if nasty new anti-porn legislation is passed in a public ballot

Link Here18th October 2016
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Several porn websites are alerting their viewers living in California that they could be blocked from the state should Proposition 60 be accepted in a public ballot next month.

Proposition 60 is measure proposed by anti-porn campaigners that would require adult performers to use condoms for all videos made in the state. If they don't, the law would allow any citizen in the state to sue producers and distributors of prophylactic-lacking porn.

In protest, popular sites Vivid, Evil Angel and Kink, among others, have pop-ups urging visitors with California IP addresses to vote no on the proposition come election day. If it passes, some are considering blocking those users entirely to protect themselves from litigation.

Prop 60 is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and operates much like Los Angeles' Measure B initiative passed in 2012, but would apply to the entire state.

The adult industry is opposed to it as there exists considerable customer resistance to condom protected porn. The existing adult trade policy of continuous testing of performers has kept AIDS infections to extraordinarily low numbers in the last few years and so the new law proposal is only of benefit to anti-porn activists. Performers would be placed in more danger by such a new law as commercial pressures will surely drive sections of the industry underground and outside of the testing regime.

The proposed law also has a nasty requirement for performers to be identified with real world names so exposing studios and actors/actresses to harassment by stalkers, trolls and anti-porn activists.



Offsite Article: Condoms in Porn: A Solution in Search of a Problem...

Link Here 7th September 2016
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California's Prop 60 proposes to require condoms in porn. But to what effect? By David J Ley

See article from



Update: Let's sue everybody involved in porn making...

Californian Republicans have joined the Democrats in opposing the latest nasty anti-porn measure up for ballot

Link Here 21st June 2016
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The California Democratic Party has voted to oppose the pending Safer Sex in Adult Film Act, a controversial ballot initiative that would allow private citizens to sue adult performers and other industry workers when a condom is not visible in an adult film.

Eric Paul Leue, campaign manager for Californians Against Worker Harassment, a committee opposing the initiative, said this was a historic win for the adult industry:

This is a tremendous, unprecedented victory. We applaud the California Democratic Party for recognizing the many problems with this dangerous initiative. No worker in any other industry can be sued and harassed by members of the general public, and this initiative would open adult performers to stalking, extortion and profiteering.

Both major political parties in the state now oppose the initiative. The California Republican Party opposed the measure in February. Performers have also spoken out repeatedly against the measure expressing concerns for their safety and privacy.

Major LGBTQ groups and AIDS/HIV outreach organizations have also announced opposition, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and AIDS Project LA.

Offsite Article: Performers protest


9th June See article from

Adult performers speak about the latest anti-porn condom measure being discussed for an upcoming ballot of California voters.



Update: Political condoms...

Californian Republicans join the Democrats in a opposing another measure up for ballot which mandates condoms in porn

Link Here4th May 2016
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The California Republican Party voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to oppose a state ballot initiative that would allow private citizens to sue adult performers if a condom is not visible in an adult film. The controversial California Condoms in Pornographic Films Act has been widely opposed by performers, producers, and public health advocates.

Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition, says Republicans were disturbed about the bill's fiscal impact, as well as its enforcement mechanism: any Californian who views an adult film without a visible condom could file a lawsuit against performers and others involved in the production and distribution of the film. Leue said:

No worker in any other industry faces this type of harassment from the public. The initiative empowers stalkers, harassers, anti-porn activists, profiteers and crusaders, while leaving actual performers more vulnerable. This initiative could open the door to similar measures for other industries.

The Legislative Analyst's Office, which evaluates ballot initiatives for fiscal impact, predicts the bill will cost California taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year in lost revenue, as performers and production companies move outside the state.

Leue says the ballot measure is so bad it has been opposed on both sides of the political spectrum. San Francisco Democrats voted to oppose the measure last month:

It's one of the rare political issues where Democrats and Republicans agree. The bill is misguided, dangerous, costly, and terrible for California.



Update: Unsafe measures...

California's health and safety will take another vote on shutting down local porn producers

Link Here18th March 2016
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California's Health and Safety dept say it's ready to hear another case for requiring condoms in adult films about a month after a similar measure failed by a vote.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health's Standards Board voted 3-2 in favor of the rules in February, but four votes were required to pass the measure. Two members of the panel were absent.

The board was petitioned by anti-porn campaigners at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation on March 3.

Dozens of porn industry representatives attended February's hearing and testified the new rules wouldn't just result in content people wouldn't want to watch, but also force the industry underground, endangering the health of actors. In addition to the condom requirement, the rules would also require movie producers to pay for medical visits , treatments and other health-care costs. The rules would have also required making sure workers' eyes were protected.



Update: Deadly Sins...

James Deen's production company fined $78,000 for not using condoms

Link Here11th March 2016
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California's Health and Safety dept have fined James Deen's porn production company $78,000 for not using condoms as required by local law.

Cal/OSHA officials said the fines stem from a Jan. 12 inspection at a film shoot in Woodland Hills, LA, saying that in addition to the lack of condoms, the producers did not provide vaccines or follow-up exams to performers who may have been exposed to hepatitis B.

Citations were issued for nine alleged violations by Third Rock Enterprises, including four considered "serious," which designates a violation that could cause serious harm or death, according to Cal/OSHA.



Update: Protected Porn...

California's health and safety department votes against rules requiring condoms for porn production

Link Here19th February 2016
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California's Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board has voted out proposed rules requiring condoms and goggles for porn production. The vote was won 3 to 2.

The final draft of the proposed regulations, known as § 5193.1, not only required condoms for all filmed sex, but also barrier protection for eyes, skin, mouth and mucous membranes where there is possible contact with potentially infectious materials such as pre-ejaculate, vaginal secretions and other bodily fluids.

This rather required a full diving suit worth of protection including condoms, dental dams, goggles and gloves.

The new regulations were initiated five years ago by Michael Weinstein, anti porn campaigner and head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Eric Paul Leue, executive director of adult entertainment trade group Free Speech Coalition, addressed the jubilant crowd of talent that gathered outside of the Harris State Building, stating that the organization is prepared to continue to fight any future drafts of proposed regulations.



Update: Erection Protection Election...

Californians to vote on a measure to mandate condoms for porn production in the state

Link Here 6th November 2015
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Californians are set to decide next year whether to require actors to wear condoms, goggles and other protective gear when performing in porn films.

The initiative has just qualified for the November 2016 ballot after supporters gathered the nearly 366,000 valid petition signatures they needed.

The measure is part of an anti-porn campaign by a group called AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The Free Speech Coalition, which is the adult film industry's trade association, fears the measure would harm the industry and promote lawsuits against actors, producers and distributors without significantly improving safety because performers currently are tested for disease every 14 days. This is an unconscionable initiative that would take a legal and safe industry and push its performers into the shadows, Diane Duke, the trade group's chief executive, said in a statement.

The industry is unlikely to abandon California without a fight because few other places allow the legal production of pornography and have California's benign weather that permits filming outdoors year-round.



Update: Banning porn production in California...

Extreme health and safety rules will require diving suits for porn performers in California

Link Here 31st October 2015
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The Free Speech Coalition announced it will fight newly revised Cal/OSHA (California health and safety) regulations which would mandate goggles, condoms, dental dams, gloves and other skin guards for adult performers.

The revised regulations, which were released in mid-October, ignored extensive opposition by performers, producers, and health experts, and will now go to a full vote by the Cal/OSHA Standards Board. The regulations would take effect likely during the second quarter of 2016.

Opponents of the regulations, including the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC), have until November 3 to file a formal response; however, Cal/OSHA has expressed that many of the most controversial items, including condoms, eye and skin guards, and dental dams, are no longer up for debate. The regulations are expected to pass when the Cal/OSHA Board votes early next year.

Diane Duke, CEO of the Free Speech Coalition said:

This isn't regulation; this is a complete shut down adult production, stated. Asking adult performers to wear goggles is up there with asking ballerinas to wear boots. It does not only not match the threat, and it effectively prohibits production in California.



Update: Onerous 'regulation'...

LA condom restrictions on porn production are forcing the industry underground

Link Here22nd September 2015
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After an anti-porn campaign filed over 557,000 signatures last week on a California ballot measure requiring condom use in adult films shot anywhere in the state, Mark Kernes, the Board Secretary for the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), the porn producers' trade group, said on (Adult Video News) that the industry is breaking the law by not using condoms on adult film sets and by not taking out required film permits.

Kernes explained:

There definitely has been some flight to Vegas, but the industry, in general I think, does not want to move to there because frankly, they like the atmosphere in Southern California, you can shoot outdoors for longer periods during the year.

...they're {producers) ... lying on their health permit application or simply not getting a filming permit. Most have chosen the latter course, possibly because lying on an official government document can be worth up to a couple of years in prison.

And, of course, we have a California State Supreme Court decision that says shooting pornography is legal in California, and there are only a couple of states that had decisions that said that. So, no, they don't want to leave L.A.

Some of them have been shooting outside of L.A. County, though, but that's kind of a far trek, because the studios are based in L.A. County, so they don't like to do that. Many of them are simply shooting as we might call it 'underground' in the county.



Update: Bareback Fees...

First Californian fine for bareback porn production is just $700

Link Here27th August 2015
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The US adult trade grouo, The Free Speech Coalition has commented on the first and small fine issued by California for transgressions of local laws mandating condom usage in porn production:

Yesterday, Treasure Island Media announced that their six-year investigation with Cal/OSHA over the use of condoms had concluded with a whopping $685 fine for the company.

In a press release, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which initiated the investigation, tried to save face by calling it a landmark ruling, and it was--for the adult industry. AHF had hoped that Cal/OSHA would consider the lack of condoms on an adult set to be a serious fine, and had pushed for fines in the tens of thousands of dollars. Instead, Cal/OSHA rebuked them.

For the past several years, Michael Weinstein has been siphoning non-profit money for a campaign of harassment, while communities in need suffer. In doing so, AHF has effectively become a lobbying organization, spending political money profligately while many people in L.A .and across the country die for lack of treatment. So we ask again: why is Weinstein focusing on so many millions of dollars to patrol the country's roughly 1,500 adult film workers when there is not an issue with HIV in adult film?

For those in the adult industry, there is reason to celebrate. The $685 dollar fine--the same fine that a company might get for not having a full stocked first aid kit--is precedent-setting. Weinstein is free to bring more and more cases against adult companies, but the outcome is already known.

Cal/OSHA resources should be used to investigate actual workplace safety regulations brought by workers, not imagined violations of some moralist's fevered mind. He is wasting state resources and preventing state workers from helping those in need.

Treasure Island should be applauded for their tenacity, and attorney Karen Tynan should be congratulated on a case well argued. We look forward to more such landmark rulings.



Update: Covering California...

Campaign group gets enough Californian signatures to ask voters to extend mandatory condom use from Los Angeles to cover all of California

Link Here20th July 2015
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A measure mandating condom use on all adult film sets in California will appear on the 2016 ballot after organizers gathered the required number of signatures last week.

The anti-porn campaign group, The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said it had acquired 371,000 signatures for its proposal, slightly more than the 366,880 required by the state to place the measure on the ballot, according to Reuters. In a statement , AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein said:

In 2012 in Los Angeles with Measure B and with our initial polling for this measure, voter sentiment favoring safer sex in adult films was clear: unlike most politicians, voters were not squeamish about this issue. seeing it as a means to protect the health and safety of performers working in the industry.

Californian voters have already approved a similar measures requiring condom use for adult film productions in Los Angeles.

In a blog post , the Free Speech Coalition, an adult industry advocacy group, blasted the measure, saying it would install Weinstein as the state's porn czar because of a provision that would allow him to personally enforce the law.



Update: Health and Safety act out their sexual desires...

Los Angeles porn makers unimpressed by extreme rules

Link Here 26th May 2015
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After five years of public hearings and heated debates, a proposed set of health and safety standards for all California porn production sets is edging closer to being finalized, but adult film performers say if passed, the new regulations would make sex scenes look like medical dramas.

The 21-page draft, proposed by the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, blends thick regulatory definitions with graphic language as it outlines how adult film performers and others on set can protect themselves from bloodborne pathogens and other bodily fluids. It underscores the use of condoms as a way to protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

During a hearing and public comment period, adult film performers and their supporters said the regulations which include wearing protective eye gear go too far. Diane Duke, CEO of the Free Speech Coalition, said:

These are regulations designed for medical settings, and are unworkable on an adult film set, or even a Hollywood film set,

Duke said her organization and several other groups would prefer to see the proposed regulation amended with input from both performers and public health officials, in ways that protect adult film performers without stigmatizing and shutting down an entire industry.



Update: Safety State...

Nevada considers mandating condoms for porn performers citing the success of condom requirements in keeping the state's legal brothels, HIV free

Link Here10th January 2015
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Nevada health officials have announced that they are considering applying the same strict regulations required of sex workers in brothels in Nevada to the adult film industry. Since 1988, when the State Health Department first mandated condom use for all prostitutes in all brothels, there have been no reported HIV infections tied to Nevada brothels. Nevada is the only jurisdiction in the United States where prostitution is legally allowed.

In the twenty-seven years that Nevada has required condom use in its brothels, there has not been a single case of HIV transmission found in, or tied to Nevada brothels, said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

According to the L.A. Daily News, Nevada's health regulations on licensed brothels require 'each patron to wear and use a latex prophylactic while engaging in sexual intercourse, oral-genital contact or any touching of the sexual organs or other intimate parts of a person.



Update: Porn Producers Unprotected by the Constitution...

Vivid loses legal challenge to the local law requiring condoms in porn production

Link Here 16th December 2014
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Porn company Vivid has failed in its appeal against a recent Californian move to mandate condoms in porn production.

The company had made a constitutional challenge to a 2012 California ballot initiative that paved the way for the new law. Vivid argued that the measure violated a First Amendment free speech right to have unprotected sex on camera.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit disagreed. Judge Susan Graber wrote: 

The condom mandate has only a de minimus effect on expression, is narrowly tailored to achieve the substantial government interest of reducing the rate of sexually transmitted infections, and leaves open adequate alternative means of expression.

The requirement that actors in adult films wear condoms while engaging in sexual intercourse might have 'some minimal effect' on a film's erotic message, but that effect is certainly no greater than the effect of pasties and G-strings on the erotic message of nude dancing.

The ruling paves the way for the measure to be enforced, although the number of permits for the production of pornographic films has declined already in Los Angeles County.

Interestingly Los Angeles County refused to defend the law in court, prompting sponsors of the measure, namely the anti porn campaigners, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, to intervene.



Update: Not Rubber Stamped...

California State Senate shelves a proposed law mandating condom use in porn production

Link Here15th August 2014
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A bill that would have made it a criminal act to shoot pornography in California without condoms has been permanently shelved by the State Senate's Appropriations Committee.

The bill, introduced by SoCal Assemblyman Isadore Hall was intended to follow a similar law enacted in Los Angeles County

Adult industry folk have argued over the last several months, the bill was attempting to address a problem that had already been solved almost a decade ago within the industry itself via extensive STI testing regimes. As porn model Lorelei Lee and others reiterated before the Senate committee last week, no model has been infected with HIV on a porn set since 2004.

The bill, AB 1576, was essentially conceived by the well-funded, anti-porn campaigners of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) .

And while no one debates the importance of condoms in the ongoing fight to stop the spread of HIV, condoms have never been widely used in straight porn and are increasingly disappearing in gay porn as well, because consumers seem to prefer the condom-free fantasy.

AB 1576 was put in suspense as of last week , and now the committee decided it should stay there, voting that there was not budget to feasibly implement it, essentially killing it.



Update: Protection Racket...

California Assembly passes state-wide bill to mandate condoms for porn perfomers

Link Here31st May 2014
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The California Assembly has advanced a measure requiring the use of protection like condoms in pornographic movies.

Assembly Bill 1576 garnered the bare minimum 41 votes necessary for passage. Abstaining from voting were several Assembly members from the Los Angeles area, where the porn industry is a significant force.

Opposing the bill is California's powerful adult entertainment industry, represented by a group called the Free Speech Coalition. Rigorous testing for sexually transmitted diseases makes the bill unnecessary, they contend. They warn that new restrictions would muffle an economic engine that generates $9 to $13 billion a year, according to a committee analysis.

Los Angeles County already requires condom use for adult movies filmed within county lines. If the rule blankets all of California, according to opponents like the Valley



Update: Cover Charge...

Axel Braun points out that it is way too expensive to airbrush condoms out of porn

Link Here11th March 2014
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Assemblymember Isadore Hall III's latest mandatory barrier protection bill, AB 1576, which states, in proposed new Health Code Section 6720(h)(2)(i), that This section shall not be construed to require condoms, barriers, or other personal protective equipment to be visible in the final product of an adult film.

That section of the bill suggesting the removing the condoms by post-production special effects techniques, intrigued adult producer/director Axel Braun, who's also the owner of Level 5 Post, a large post-production company that supplies editing, authoring, graphics and special effects to many adult and mainstream companies. Braun told AVN

Digitally removing condoms would be extremely difficult, time consuming, and impossibly expensive. You would need to rotoscope each individual frame, delete the condom, and then add artwork to match the color, texture and wetness of the genitals. Given that a sex scene is on average 20 minutes long, and even subtracting a generous 10 minutes for the oral and climax, which are always condom-less, you'd still have 10 minutes left. At 30 frames per second, that's 18,000 unique frames per scene, times five scenes per movie, for a total of 90,000 frames that would need to be altered.

The cheapest quote I've been able to find for rotoscoping is from India, at $2 per frame, he continued. In the L.A. area, the average is between $8 and $10 per frame, so we're talking well over $100,000 as Level 5's cost at zero profit for the company.



Update: Excessive Punishment... fined $78,000 for allowing porn production without condoms

Link Here2nd February 2014
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A San Francisco porn producer that specializes in BDSM films was fined more than $78,000 this week by state safety officials claiming dangerous workplace conditions, among them allowing performers to have sex on camera without using condoms.

Cybernet Entertainment, the parent company of Internet porn producer, pointed out that many of its performers prefer not to use condoms and that the fine is the result of a long-running campaign by those who oppose the adult film industry. Cybernet founder Peter Acworth said:

The fines are excessive and, we believe, politically motivated. The complaints which prompted the inspection were not made by actual employees, but by outside groups with a long history of opposition to adult film. We'll be appealing the decision.

The largest part of the fine, $75,000 of $78,000, targeted Cybernet's policy allowing its performers to choose whether or not to use condoms.

The inspection was prompted by a formal complaint filed against by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles-headquartered anti-porn group. The foundation filed the complaints after two performers who were romantically involved tested HIV-positive last year.



Update: Rubbing Out the Rubbers...

Porn production company uses digital effects to erase the condoms

Link Here 25th January 2014
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Porn production is struggling in California. Since the passage of Measure B in 2012, which strictly imposes the use of condoms on all porn sets in Los Angeles, adult movie production has largely begun to move out of the San Fernando Valley. However, gay porn company Falcon Studios is now attempting to hearken back to the days before the measure was passed. In their latest release California Dreamin' 1 , the studio filmed all its scenes with condoms but managed to digitally remove the prophylactics in post-production.

Director Tony DiMarco stated on the Falcon Studio blog that the film is meant to tap into fantasies of bareback sex in the 1970s and 80s, while also aligning with the safe sex ethos that is currently being enforced in LA:

With this movie I really wanted to capture the essence of that time, when life seemed more carefree and spontaneous. In keeping with this concept, I felt that condoms need to be addressed. The decision to go with this technique appears to strike a middle ground between Measure B and the porn industry's belief that scenes without condoms are a better sell with consumers.

Nevertheless, while Falcon Studios seems committed to their new style of filming, it's unclear if it will catch on. The company doesn't make clear how expensive it is to painstakingly remove condoms during sex scenes.



Updated: Las Vegas Uncovered...

US adult porn production may not yet be on the move from LA to Las Vegas

Link Here23rd January 2014
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A previous report on 18th January suggested that the adult production companies , previously based around LA were on the move to Las Vegas (See article from )

However the LA weekly points out that news of the porn industry's flight to Las Vegas is premature, to say the least:

Porn's not actually legal in Vegas. And the one production facility at the center of the false headlines, Mission Control Studio, has booked only four productions since opening this month, its owner told us.

That's hardly an exodus.

That's not to say some business isn't threatening to go to Sin City. Derek Hay, owner of adult talent agency LA Direct Models, estimates that 20% of the industry will have moved here by the end of the year. Remember, though: it's January. And he's guessing. And , the piece says, Several producers ... are talking about moving to Las Vegas.



Offsite Article: Hazardous Waste...

Link Here16th October 2013
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California elf n safety thankfully decide that full bio-hazard body suits are not required to protect porn performers from HIV

See article from



Update: Lack of Health Cover...

Factory Video fined $60,000 for lack of condoms when filming gay bareback porn

Link Here11th October 2013
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Cal/OSHA (California's Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health), recently issued multiple workplace safety citations and fines to San Francisco-based Factory Video, an adult film company that primarily produces gay bareback, or condom-less, adult films. Factory was fined close to $60,000 for numerous occupational safety and health complaints

Anti-porn campaigner,  Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation crowed:

I am very pleased to see that Cal/OSHA is really starting to step up its enforcement of existing California health and safety statues that have long required the use of condoms in adult films produced anywhere in California.

Update: AHF Snitches

12th October 2013. See  article from

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation reported that Factory Video was fined nearly $60,000 for the violations. The nonprofit said it had filed a series of complaints over the last two years.

Marc Sterling, office manager at Factory Video, responded to Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation:

All workers deserve a safe workplace

The truth is, he said, there have been no worker complaints from Factory Video, and it was AHF, not anyone working on a Factory Video set, that filed the Cal/OSHA complaint.



Update: Risky Unprotected Sales...

Porn producer Tristan Taormino announces that she will insist on condoms for her films

Link Here 25th September 2013
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An established porn producer has vowed to insist on condoms on her set. Tristan Taormino told CNN that she was looking for performers for a new movie when as casting agent recommended a woman named Cameron Bay, whom later was found to have contracted HIV.

From that point on Taormino decided that she was going to require her male actors use condoms while filming - even if she was the only producer of straight porn to do so.

There are those who disagree though. Performer Danny Wylde wrote in a blog post:

We all take risk going to work every day. It's a managed risk. And it's something I choose to participate in so that I can get a paycheck at the end of my day.

In his blog post he wrote about a time when the porn industry did require condoms on set and the drop in sales almost crumbled the industry:

People don't want to see condoms in their porn. In straight porn, they didn't want to see condoms, he wrote. Everybody tried it, and nobody bought the movies.

Taormino told CNN that she is going to require her performers use protection even if she does lose some viewers.

I know there's a lot of talk about how porn watchers don't want to see condoms and sales will plummet and everyone's going to be miserable. But I'm not buying it.

Offsite: Nica Noelle too

28th September 2013. See  article from

In a long piece just published on , noted adult director Nica Noelle has followed Tristan Taormino with a public announcement (on a well-trafficked mainstream site) indicating her intention to henceforth make her sets condom-mandatory. '

...Read the full article



Update: A Barrier to Porn...

Bill to mandate condoms for porn production in California is blocked in the Senate

Link Here15th September 2013
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A bill to require adult film actors throughout California to use condoms when shooting sex scenes has died in the state's Senate.

AB 640 by Assemblyman Isadore Hall would have required porn producers to implement a series of health and safety measures on set to protect performers from sexually transmitted diseases. The measures would include requiring the use of condoms when filming sex scenes, as well as paying for medical testing, training and putting a health protection plan in writing.

After Los Angeles County voters last year approved a similar law at the local level, Measure B, many porn companies said they would film elsewhere in California, prompting efforts by anti-porn campaigners to make it statewide.

But Michael Weinstein, an anti-porn campaigner with AIDS Healthcare Foundation said the bill would be reintroduced in the new session.



Updated: Another Case...

Second and third LA Porn Stars Test Positive for HIV

Link Here9th September 2013
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  Rod Daily has the star tattoo

The US adult trade group, the Free Speech Coalition has confirmed porn star Rod Daily has tested positive for HIV, and is calling for his sexual partners to get tested.

The news comes about two weeks after another porn star, Cameron Bay, announced her infection.

According to the Daily Mail, Daily and Bay were linked romantically on adult film industry website Neither Daily nor Bay has confirmed the source of their infection.

Update: Third Case

9th September 2013. See  article from

News of a third adult-film actor testing positive for HIV is putting new pressure on both the industry and state lawmakers.

The HIV cases have spurred campaigners pushing for a statewide mandate for condom use in adult films. The new law is being held up by an ongoing court battle.

The adult industry trade group, the Free Speech Coalition initially said that it had not been formally notified of the case, but later called for a new moratorium on production, saying it had been notified that another performer had tested positive for HIV.

Free Speech Coalition spokeswoman Joanne Cachapero said late Friday that the new case involved a third performer. The group said in a statement that the performer whose case prompted the current moratorium had not done a shoot since before the first moratorium. The industry required performers whose last STD test was prior to Aug. 19 to be retested if they wanted to continue performing. The coalition said it would cover the cost of retesting for the performer's partners.



Update: Political Porn...

Zero Tolerance produce Measure X, a hardcore parody referencing Measure B, the Los Angeles condom ban

Link Here19th May 2013
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Measure B is the Los Angeles law to require condoms to be used in porn productions. The measure was passed by lawmakers but the practicalities of its implementation are still being worked out.

In an attempt to support the continued fight against Measure B, adult content producers Zero Tolerance recently released Measure X (2013). The producer is donating the proceeds from Measure X to the Free Speech Coalition's legal efforts to challenge the law, and all persons appearing in the film did so pro bono.

The film begins with the statement:

Measure X - fighting for the right to fuck. This is a satire of a real event: The Passage of 'Measure B' in Los Angeles county. An enormous waste of tax dollars and a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

The film tells the story of Mike ( Michael Winestain ), a corrupt politician responsible for the passage of a mandatory condom law that puts the adult industry under siege from bumbling condom police. Mike, played hilariously by Tommy Pistol, is semi-joined by Sheila, an ex-porn performer and current evangelist leader of the Pink Pinwheel Foundation. Mike goes around enforcing the condom-mandate... all while struggling to find condomless porn he can jerk off to.

The film is pretty funny at points, includes four decent sex scenes, and presents some great, often overlooked arguments about Measure B and barrier protection.



Update: Condoms Proving Unpopular...

Porn production seems to have stopped in L.A. County

Link Here 24th April 2013
Full story: Health and Safety in Porn...AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry

Film permits requested by the porn industry have all but ceased in Los Angeles County as producers decide how to work around much opposed law that requires actors to wear condoms during shoots.

Film LA, the non profit organization that processes permits for motion picture, television and commercial production across Los Angeles, has seen applications for permits from the adult film industry plummet to only two so far this year. In previous years, an estimated 500 film permits are requested by the adult film industry annually.

Most production companies have ceased shooting in LA County, said Diane Duke, chief executive officer of the Canoga-Park based Free Speech Coalition, the trade organization for the adult film industry. They have other options in other states and communities.



Offsite Article: Get It Straight: Measure B and AB 332 Are NOT Just About Condoms...

Link Here10th April 2013
Full story: Health and Safety in Porn...AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry
radiation suitThere's more protection required for adult film performers than just condoms

See article from



Offsite Article: Bareback and Condoms in Gay Porn...

Link Here 24th February 2013
Full story: Health and Safety in Porn...AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry
An Interview with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation President, Michael Weinstein, speaking of the organisation's campaign against California's porn industry

See article from



Update: A call for full body hazardous materials suits for porn perfomers...

Anti porn campaigners seek to extend LA's condom ban to the whole state of California

Link Here15th February 2013
Full story: Health and Safety in Porn...AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry

The Anti-porn campaigners of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation have announced that Assemblymember Isadore Hall III hasintroduced Assembly Bill (AB) 332, which would change the California's Labor Code to require that adult movie actors use engineering and work practice controls when performing sexual acts in adult movies.

Specifically, the bill would create a new Section:

An employer shall maintain engineering and work practice controls sufficient to protect employees from exposure to blood and any potentially infectious materials. Engineering and work practice controls shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provision of and required use of condoms and other protective barriers whenever acts of vaginal or anal intercourse are filmed.

Also under the definitions section of the bill, the diseases which the protective barriers are to be effective against include not only HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, [and] hepatitis, but also genital human papillomavirus infection, and genital herpes, both of which can be transmitted by any bare-skin contact between an infected person and a non-infected person. Hence, it would appear that the only way to prevent transmission of all of the listed diseases would be for performers to attempt to have sex while wearing full-body hazardous material ( hazmat ) suits.



Update: B Movies...

Measure B ia approved by the LA County electorate and will require the use of condoms in porn production

Link Here8th November 2012
Full story: Health and Safety in Porn...AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry

In the wake of a newly approved measure requiring adult-film actors to wear condoms in Los Angeles County, producers and others in the pornography business are vowing to flee the area.

The countywide ballot initiative known as Measure B passed with 56% of the vote on Tuesday, despite critics dismissing it as unenforceable and major news outlets like the Los Angeles Times saying it will likely stymie county government and bring little benefit to performers.

Vivid Entertainment Group, the largest producer and distributor of pornographic films in Los Angeles, has already stated its intention to flee the county if the new law is put into place, telling Variety that it plans to move to another county within the state.

The adult-film business generates about $1 billion in Los Angeles County every year, accounting for about 8% of all the adult films shot in the entire world.

Measure B passed with the help of an aggressive campaign by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Adult-film producers, however, have long maintained that their performers are at lower risk of STDs than the general population, due to the fact that actors are tested monthly for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

Before it can take effect, Measure B still has to be approved and adopted by local municipalities within Los Angeles County.



Update: Expanding Coverage of Condom Requirement...

Los Angeles County voters to be asked if condoms should be mandatory for porn productions

Link Here 15th July 2012
Full story: Health and Safety in Porn...AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry

Los Angeles County voters will decide whether adult performers should be required to wear condoms during shoots.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation's nutter initiative to mandate condoms on porn shoots within county lines has received enough signatures to qualify for the November election, a county official said.

Michael Weinstein of the AHF said his group collected 371,000 signatures in five months, far exceeding the 232,000 signatures needed to qualify the measure for the ballot.

If approved by voters, the measure will require adult film producers to pay a fee and obtain a permit from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Performers will be mandated to use condoms for acts of anal and vaginal sex.

The requirement would apply to shoots in unincorporated areas of the county and 85 of its 88 cities, including the city of Los Angeles.

The city of Los Angeles already has a porn condom ordinance, but it continues to be sidelined until the first week of September at the earliest because city leaders haven't yet drawn up formal plans to implement the law.


6th March

Update: Condoms Now Mandatory...

LA condom requirement for porn production comes into effect

  Condom compliancy health worker

The Los Angeles ordinance requiring condom use in porn film production has gone into effect. The ordinance allows spot checks on any set once a film permit is issued.

Officials from LAPD, Cal/OSHA and the city attorney's office are continuing making recommendations on how to implement the new ordinance.

And predictably the nutters that campaigned for this as an attack on the adult industry in general are now collecting signatures for a countywide initiative.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has collected over 120,000 signatures, more than half the 232,153 needed by June 5 to qualify a similar countywide measure for the November election.

Update: And For Webcam Shows

18th May 2012. See  article from


4th March

Update: Condomocracy...

LA County rushes to impose ludicrously expensive condom requirements on porn producers

  Condom compliancy health worker

LA neighbouring county, Simi Valley, is placing the entire burden of inspecting porn sets for mandatory condom use and then reporting the results of the inspection, as well as all costs involved... on porn producers.

The ordinance would require porn makers, as a condition of receiving a filming permit from the city, to have a health care professional on their sets to observe whether the actors wear condoms, reported the Ventura County Star.

The producer would have to submit to the city a notarized affidavit by the health care professional stating that the actors complied.

Mayor Bob Huber, who is inconveniently seeking re-election in 2012, is the main instigator of the city's mandatory-condom ordinance. The bill will be up for approval at an upcoming meeting, after which it will become law 31 days later. Failure to comply would constitute a misdemeanor offense punishable by fines and possible jail terms.


27th January

Updated: Protection Zone...

Industry reaction to the Los Angeles requirement for condoms for porn productions

It's more of a nuisance than anything else, says Steve Hirsch, founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, arguably the most high-profile producers of adult movies in the world. Because the law's reach is limited to the city of Los Angeles itself, the San Fernando Valley, where a significant majority of adult movies are made already, and beyond remain fair game.

Currently, Vivid movie shoots are condom optional, Hirsch says, adding, we believe in letting the performers make the choice. Performers are required to be tested for HIV every 30 days and present proof of a negative result to sets where they will be working.

Ultimately, if the law is extended to make shooting porn in Los Angeles too difficult, Hirsch says, We'll look for other areas that are more welcoming. And we'll take the thousands of jobs we create along with us. If we leave the state, those dollars and the tax dollars will go along with us.

...Read the full article

Update: Neighbouring councils react to introduce condom requirements

8th February 2012. See  article from

Simi Valley mayor Bob Huber is not the only public servant from the Los Angeles suburb who wants porn producers to stay away from his beloved town. The city council indicated its support for a planned ordinance that would make condoms mandatory for porn shoots in the Ventura County city that is a stone's throw from Chatsworth and Canoga Park, where many adult studios are currently located. The ordinance is expected to be introduced at the council's Feb. 13 meeting.

Huber jumped on the mandatory condom bandwagon immediately following the recent vote by the Los Angeles city council passing an ordinance that ties the issuance of filming permits in the city to the use of condoms on adult sets. Mayor Villaraigosa signed the ordinance into law in late January. Voicing his concern to the media that porn producers would make the easy move into Simi Valley, Mayor Huber said at the time the industry wasn't wanted in the family friendly city, and added his intention to see an ordinance introduced that would also make Simi Valley a condom-only municipality.

Update: Condom requirement approved by council

30th April 2012.  See  article from

The Simi Valley City Council has approved an ordinance, first introduced in late January, requiring as a stipulation of being granted filming permits that adult productions shot within its borders outfit performers with condoms during sex acts.

The new law, proposed by Simi's mayor, Bob Huber, following the January 17 passage of a virtually identical measure by the Los Angeles City Council, goes into effect in 31 days, according to the Ventura County Star.

Simi does not currently host many porn shoots but the overriding purpose of the measure is preventative. The council fears that L.A.'s mandatory condom law would send adult producers scurrying to neighboring Simi to escape the repressive law.


25th January

Updated: Porn Coverage...

Los Angeles looks set to require condom use for porn productions

Los Angeles City Council has tentatively approved a measure that would require porn performers to wear condoms on production sets.

In a preliminary 11-1 vote, council members voted to approve the measure, which would require porn producers to provide and require the use of condoms on set in order to receive film permits in Los Angeles.

The ordinance still requires a second vote next week for final approval.

The council also agreed to create a group of law enforcement officials and state occupational safety regulators to determine how the measure would be enforced.

Councilman Paul Koretz said before the vote:

We can spend literally millions of dollars on an unnecessary election or we can do the right thing for free. For better or worse, the city of Los Angeles is nationally known as the capital of the adult film industry. We should be nationally known, also, as the home of a safe adult film industry.

Update: Condoms Confirmed

18th January 2012.  See  article from

The Los Angeles City Council, 9-1, approved a new ordinance Tuesday requiring that all adult film actors wear condoms when filming within city limits. The ordinance, when it goes into effect, will allow the LAPD to perform spot checks on any set once a film permit is issued.

The measure next goes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his signature.

The Free Speech Coalition said that the adult industry trade group is in discussions with industry leaders and considering options for next steps.

Update: Signed by the Mayor

25th January 2012. See  article from

Actors in adult movies filmed in Los Angeles will be required to use condoms under an ordinance signed into law by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and porn industry leaders say the regulation could lead them to abandon the nation's porn capital.

The law, signed Monday, will take effect 41 days after it is posted by the city clerk, something that could happen as early as this week.

Nutters with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which lobbied for years for such a law, expressed jubilation Tuesday and said they would now turn their attention to getting a similar condom requirement adopted elsewhere.


2nd January

Update: Appeasing Nutters...

South Carolina town dreams up a new law to close down a properly licensed sex shop

Columbia's first licensed sex shop might be shut down by the end of January as the local council rushes in a new law that bans the shop.

The City Council adopted a new law that sets jumped up restrictions on such businesses, including a 700-foot buffer between any establishment that sells sex items and the nearest protected structure.

That buffer was designed to force Taboo Adult Superstore from operating at its location in a commercial area bounded by neighborhoods and businesses, some of which have complained the shop will hurt their incomes.

Taboo got its current license under the city's zoning laws that set general rules for commercial establishments.

A nutter outcry 'forced' the council to dream up a way to close Taboo, which seeks to sell sex toys, lubricants and sexual material that critics have characterized as a porn shop

Update: Licensed for 2 more years

15th February 2012. Based on article from

Opponents of a sex shop on Devine Street were taken aback to learn that Taboo Adult Superstore got permission from the city to stay open for up to two years.

I'm just speechless and disgusted with our city (leaders) in general, said Hampton Hills Homeowners Association president Janet Jordan, one of the shop's most vocal critics. I'm furious with the city. The highest and best use of that location is not a porn store.

Taboo, which sells videos and sex toys, was granted an extension to its business license under Columbia's new, tougher law that governs sexually oriented businesses.


14th December

Update: A Waste of Money...

LA challenges condom ballot for porn production as it has already been examined by the courts and is not a local authority issue anyway

The City of Los Angeles has filed a court case against AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) over that anti-porn campiagn's much-vaunted mandatory condom ballot initiative, for which AHF solicited over 64,000 signatures.

The purpose of the lawsuit is to have a Superior Court judge determine the validity of AHF's proposed ballot initiative, and LA City Attorney Carmen A. Trutanich has put forth some compelling reasons why AHF's plan to require FilmLA, the agency that approves permits for production companies to shoot their movies within the city, to force adult producers to use condoms and other barrier protections during permitted shoots, should never be put before city voters.

Essentially, Trutanich's arguments mirror those used by the city to strike down AHF's lawsuit filed sometime last spring. Trutanich's office opined that those sorts of functions had, by agreement, been delegated to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA), and in June, the state's Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected AHF's attempt to force LADPH to police porn sets for condom use.

LA is also challenging the need for a referendum in order to avoid the needless and wasteful expenditure of public resources made in connection with a measure which the voters have no power to adopt, the complaint states.

Update: California Health and Safety don't support LA's legal challenge

31st December 2011.  See  article from

Los Angeles City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich, filed court papers earlier this month saying that Los Angeles voters would have no legal authority to adopt the proposed measure even if it were placed on the ballot.

Trutanich argued that only the state, not the city, could legally impose rules requiring the use of condoms on porn sets and charging fees to pay for inspections.

However the head of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which regulates workplace safety disagrees.

In a Dec. 23 email to one of Trutanich's deputy city attorneys, Ellen Widess wrote that she believes the city could legally enact the restrictions envisioned in the proposed ballot measure. We don't see a bar to the city or the county doing what they need to do, Widess said in a telephone interview Monday evening. We believe the city can use its authority to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among people involved in the adult film industry.


30th November

Update: That Should Cover It...

Nutter group gathers enough signatures to ballot Los Angeles residents about mandatory condoms for porn productions

Los Angeles voters may be asked if condoms should be required in the production porn movies.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein says his group has collected more than enough signatures to qualify a citywide ballot initiative for the June 2012 election. The ballot measure would require porn producers to shoot safe-sex porn as a condition of getting a filming permit in Los Angeles.

AHF is a nutter campaign group which has undertaken a succession of unsuccessful legal efforts to require condoms in porn, through state legislation, lawsuits and complaints to regulators.


4th September

Updated: Who's Who in Porn...

Second HIV scare hits US adult movie productions

There was a time when porn was a clubby little industry. The studios were all in Southern California. The filmmakers knew their performers, and the performers, to a large degree, knew each other. Through databases and word-of-mouth, everyone was fairly aware of who they were working with. But in the past few years, this familiarity has vanished, and taken the industry's sense of security with it.

This week the porn world suffered its latest HIV scare and when this newest patient is identified, there's a good chance that few will know him or her very well, either. It's a sign of the changing nature of the industry. As porn continues to expand in nearly every way, from the number of performers to the variety of studios to the increasingly far-flung locations of the shoots, the people involved have less and less idea of who they're working with.

Of course, the explosion in new male talent began years ago, but at least there was a relatively well-trusted database that performers could rely on to help keep them safe. But that database was maintained by the Adult Industry Medical clinic (AIM) in Los Angeles. AIM, which was the medical testing center for virtually the entire industry, closed in May under the financial strain of lawsuits after the Derrick Burts scare. When AIM was open, if a performer tested positive, a quarantine list could be swiftly generated showing who that performer worked with, who those people he worked with had worked with in turn, and so on.

This shuttering of the AIM database caught the industry with its proverbial pants down, and this is the source of much of the current confusion and fear, according to the adult-industry trade group Free Speech Coalition. We are putting a system into place to replace AIM, but it is not fully functional yet, says Diane Duke, the Free Speech Coalition's executive director. On Aug. 28 the group called for an industry shut down until further notice.

...Read the full article

Update: Re-tested HIV negative

4th September 2011. Based on article from

An adult film performer who tested positive for HIV and caused the porn industry to shut down production as a precaution has been retested and the actor does not have the virus, a porn industry trade group has said.

Production can now resume, said Free Speech Coalition executive director Diane Duke.

The industry will be abundantly cautious as we try to nail down the reasons for what now appears to have been a false positive result on a previous test, Duke said.


29th July

Updated: Protected Discretion...

Nutter campaign to mandate condom use loses again on appeal

Los Angeles County public health officials do not need to require porn industry performers to wear condoms to protect against the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, an appeals court has affirmed.

The Second District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling that dismissed a petition from AIDS activists to force the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to mandate condoms during the filming of hardcore pornography.

Anti-porn campaigners, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, had gone to court to compel county officials to act, arguing that they had passively observed an ever-growing epidemic within the porn industry. The foundation argued that the health department had documented thousands of sexually transmitted diseases among adult film stars and attributed the epidemic to a lack of protection equipment for performers, including condoms.

The county moved to have the lawsuit thrown out, saying the foundation was asking for too much, to take any and all other reasonable steps necessary to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the production of pornography.

A Superior Court judge decided to dismiss the case in 2009, ruling that county officials had broad discretion over how they manage public health matters. The appeals court agreed, saying it could not compel the county health department to implement AIDS Healthcare Foundation's agenda to combat sexually transmitted diseases.

Update: Onwards and Upwards

29th July 2011. See  article from

Anti-porn campaigners of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is taking its mandatory condom campaign to the California Supreme Court, asking for a review of a recent decision by a state appeals court panel that ruled Los Angeles County health officials can't be forced to regulate the adult industry.

The AHF filed the petition arguing that there are several reasons the court should review the case. One of those reasons is that the issue affects the health of all California residents.


24th June

Update: Condom Nutters Thwarted...

LA public health officials retain discretion over controls they impose on adult film makers

Los Angeles County public health officials have the discretion to mandate regulations to control sexually transmitted diseases on porn sets, an appeals court has ruled.

The county had been sued by nutters of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which has been a thorn for the adult entertainment industry for years as it attempts to oppose the indiustry by making condoms mandatory for all porn productions.

The AHF sued the county for its inaction over regulating porn shoots. It lost in a lower court and reached out to the California Appeal Court, which ruled against it, 3-0.

Appellate judges, in the unpublished opinion, said the county's health department has discretion to determine what measures are necessary to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases and could not be forced by the courts to implement the specific means advocated by the AHF.

The AHF blames the lack of protective equipment for performers, including condoms, for a so-called epidemic of STDs, and says the county has taken no effective steps to address it.

The AHF told XBIZ that they won't challenge the appellate ruling but would fight on.

Diane Duke, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, told XBIZ that AHF has a history of filing frivolous lawsuits: L.A. County had already identified sexually transmitted infections in the adult industry as a 'non-issue' when it comes to public health, she said. Moreover, a recent report concerning STIs in the adult entertainment industry confirmed that adult performers have a lower rate of STIs than populations of individuals who test at STI clinics and other sexually active groups.


See  article from

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation will appeal last week's ruling by the California Court of Appeal that said Los Angeles County health officials can't be forced to regulate the local porn biz. The state's highest court now will decide whether to take the case over the AHF's bid to make condoms mandatory for all porn productions in the county.

Diane Duke, the Free Speech Coalition's executive director, blasted the AHF, saying:

It is shameful how AHF's grandstanding consistently takes priority over the health and well being of their clients and now the people of L.A. county. AHF has a history of frivolous lawsuits that not only squander funds that could and should be used for the prevention and treatment of HIV but also now into taxpayer dollars.


15th June

Update: A Barrier to Good Porn...

California's adult industry discuss a proposal for mandatory condom usage in adult film making

In a heated and contentious advisory panel meeting, nearly 70 porn performers came out in force to voice their concerns and give input on a Cal/OSHA draft proposal containing modifications to California's health code to extend adult industry workplace safety regulations.

The purpose of the meeting was to gather comments from industry stakeholders to crystalize specific areas of proposed regulations in the draft. Several items were on the agenda including discussing definitions, control measures, alternative measures, medical services and record keeping.

The draft described adult entertainment as the production of any film, video, multimedia or other recorded or live presentation in which performers actually engage in any activity that may result in exposure of the eyes, skin, mouth, anus, vagina or other mucous membranes to the blood or other potentially infectious materials -- sexually transmitted infections (OPIM-STI). Many took issue with this description saying this was too broad of a definition.

The meeting then moved on to barrier protection, described as a condom or other physical block that prevents the passage of blood and OPIM-STI to another person. A female performer said that if condoms are enforced, that every legitimate studio will be affected and productions will either go underground or leave the state.

Dan O'Connell, president of Girlfriends Films, said enforcing condoms especially for girl/girl scenes would be problematic: If we provide barrier protection, it'll be the end of the industry here in California, he said. Fans of girl/girl who are into the oral part will not put up with barrier protection.

Another topic that was hotly debated was permitting alternate measures to control risks of oral sex.

At the end of the meeting, Deborah Gold, Cal/OSHA’s senior safety engineer reminded everyone that current standards still apply to adult, which means the use of condoms as a form of barrier protection.


4th May

Update: Harassed Health Clinic Closes...

Adult industry STD checking clinic closes down

AIM Medical Associates' executive director Sharon Mitchell has confirmed to AVN after much industry speculation that the clinic has closed its doors.

Mitchell also acknowledged that the AIM database has been taken offline making it impossible for producers to check the status of performers' tests.

We are officially closed over financial hardship, Mitchell said. We had to close.

In the meantime, most performers working in the Greater Los Angeles area are now using Talent Testing Service, which also has a wholly owned subsidiary in Miami and works with a network of draw stations located around the country.


16th April

Update: Privacy Leaks...

Adult industry takes aim at PornWikileaks that identifies performers and their health records

It looks like a porn industry attorney is preparing to sue individuals using the website for illegal activity after that site exposed the health records of the hundreds of the Valley's adult performers, according to a statement from the Free Speech Coaltion.

Lawyer Corey Silverstein is actively looking for porn stars who have been damaged by the much-publicized leak.

FSC, the industry's lobbying arm, quotes Silverstein:

While I cannot discuss the specific nature of my clients' allegations and any action that is being prepared, it is important to note that this is not a simple free speech issue. The individuals running this website are allegedly intentionally and knowingly jeopardizing the safety and privacy of adult performers all over the world while purposely defaming them in the process. The website repeatedly refers to adult performers as pornographic whores and Hookers and even talks about specific adult performers degrading the whole family. My clients cannot comprehend why the individuals running this website would want to intentionally cause so much potential harm.

FSC executive director Diane Duke said:

Free Speech Coalition stands in opposition to the violations of performer privacy byPornWikileaks. This is not an issue of free speech; it is about violating the privacy of performers. It's about potential extortion and exposing performers to potential harassment, stalking and other criminal activities.


1st April

Update: Hustled by Nutters...

Hustler Video fined for failing to provide protective equipment, ie condoms, to porn performers

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) has fined Hustler Video $14,175 for failing to use condoms in its productions.

According to the citation issued to Hustler Video and obtained by AVN, Cal-OSHA cites three violations, in which the video production company failed to provide condoms or other protective equipment for performers. Additionally the company was cited for failure to provide an injury and illness prevention program, and for failing to provide protection against other potentially infectious materials. Hustler was fined $4,725 for each violation.

Also cited was Mark Zane's Forsaken Pictures, which was fined $12,150 for three violations. According to the complaint, it appears that Forsaken's fines were in connection to producing an adult movie for Hustler Video.

The inspection of the Hustler Video was prompted by a complaint from anti porn nutters of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). And of course nutters are never satisified. AHF president Michael Weinstein said:

Something is better than nothing, but I don't know how long it takes Larry Flynt to make $14,000, Weinstein commented. I suspect it's not very long, so we would want to see something sterner. We would like to see an order prohibiting use that shuts down Hustler productions, and of course, we want to see the city revoke the permits and we want to see the LA County Department of Health also step in and declare it a public health nuisance, but every little bit helps. It's now established that it's against the law in California to produce [adult movies] without condoms and we're looking forward to actions by the Cal/OSHA Standards Board this year on regulations specific to the industry. We will continue to lobby the city and the county to be more aggressive as well.

Hustler has a right to appeal.


14th February

Update: Bareback Back Off Back On...

Los Angeles initiates feasibility study of mandatory condom usage in adult film production

On Friday, the Los Angles City Council voted unanimously on a motion to instruct the City Attorney to explore the feasibility of conditioning the issuance of film permits granted under City authority to the use of condoms in adult film productions.

The motion, introduced by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl at a Council meeting in mid-December, now directs the city Attorney to, back within 45 days to explain the mechanisms necessary to enable the City's film permit process to require workplace safety in the production of all adult films.

We commend Councilmember Rosendahl and the entire City Council for their unanimous vote in favor of this legal study to explore making adult film permits conditional on the use of condoms in adult films, said Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Under existing California law, condoms are already required in the production of adult films, yet the industry remains convinced it is above the law. This City Council action is a step toward better enforcement and oversight to safeguard the health and safety of adult film workers. Tying condom use to adult-film production permits is absolutely the responsible thing to do, protecting adult film industry performers who---under the current system of testing---are routinely asked to risk their lives and health in order to continue working.


10th February

Update: Back on Target...

Porn industry STI testing clinic reopens with the correct licence

A San Fernando Valley clinic that caters to porn stars has re-opened after being forced to close for operating under the wrong type of license.

Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation spokeswoman Jennifer Miller says the clinic is now a private corporation, instead of a non-profit operating under a physician's license.

The clinic is a preferred medical provider of many actors in the porn industry, providing a discreet environment for frequent HIV tests.


11th December

Update: Permit to Moralise...

Nutters get porn makers STD testing clinic closed on a technicality

In a situation that seems drawn directly from a Franz Kafka novel, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has tried to stop the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) Healthcare Foundation from serving the adult performer community all because AIM put the wrong name for the clinic on its operating permit application.

Although the official name on AIM's lease is The Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, AIM submitted its application as AIM Medical Testing Center, and in a letter dated November 30, Travis Green of the state's Licensing & Certification Program kicked the application back to AIM, saying I found that the package is incomplete and contains information that is unclear and/or inconsistent.

And what information was unclear or inconsistent? Under the heading, Office Lease, the letter reads, Please initial and date next to each line-through of 'AIM Medical Testing Center' and replaced [sic] with 'The Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation.'

That's it! All the state wants is for AIM's application to reflect the name of the clinic that's on the property lease rather than the name by which everyone in the adult industry knows the clinic. No other corrections are necessary.

But even though the letter from the state clearly states, Please note that you will be allowed sixty (60) days from the date of this correction letter to submit the requested information, nonetheless, the L.A. County Health Department served AIM with a cease-and-desist letter requiring AIM to stop collection blood samples from its clients—an action that apparently was taken at the instigation of AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein.

But despite the county's cease-and-desist order, AIM is still operating. However, performers who need their blood drawn and urine sample taken will have to do so at one of AIM's draw stations which are located all over the city of Los Angeles.

People can pay for the tests online, and pick up their tests at AIM, just like they always do, said AIM general manager Jennifer Miller. It's exactly like coming in here and the price is exactly the same, and it's the same turn-around time.


8th November

Update: Testing Passes Test...

LA adult film production resumes

After completing testing for two generations of partners of the HIV-positive patient, AIM Healthcare said that all performers tested negative for HIV on two occasions using multiple testing methods.

AIM, which refers to the HIV-positive patient as Patient Zeta, said it had established that Patient Zeta acquired the virus through private, personal activity and there was no transmission of the HIV virus from Patient Zeta to any performers.

This event affirms the efficacy of AIM Healthcare Foundation's testing protocols, as voluntarily implemented by the adult entertainment industry, AIM said in a press release: It is regrettable but inevitable that people continue to acquire the HIV virus in their personal life. The protocols and other industry practices have resulted in only one incident of HIV transmission on set in more than a decade. That is a remarkable record. AIM Healthcare Foundation is proud of its contribution to the health and well-being of the adult industry and wider community.

In another development, Vivid Entertainment announced today that the company is set to resume production on Monday, Nov. 8, after being shut down for almost a month because of health safety concerns.

Digital Playground already resumed production last week. Hustler is also back in production.


18th October

Updated: Losing Wood...

LA adult film production disrupted by performer's positive HIV test

In the wake of the latest incident of HIV infection found in a performer in California's $13 billion adult film industry, adult film icon Jenna Jameson has called on the industry and performers working in it to practice safer sex.

In an interview given to the website, Jameson, the highest earning single performer in the industry called the industry a ticking time bomb noting that the fact is that safe sex is not continually practiced in the adult film world. She added, I think a lot of the women feel pressure to not use condoms because they're in fear of not getting hired by that company again. It's very sad and disgusting.

Since the news regarding a performer testing positive for HIV broke on Tuesday, a voluntary industry quarantine has been in effect and at least five adult film companies have voluntarily stopped production, including some of the larger companies, Wicked, Vivid Entertainment and Hustler Video.

Back to the Grind

Based on article from

Even though it was disclosed last week by The Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM), that an adult performer had tested positive for HIV, the Los Angeles City Council appears unlikely to suspend any new porn production permits.

Los Angeles nutters, AIDS Healthcare, have demanded the Council to instruct FilmLA to halt issuing new permits to the tax dollar generating San Fernando Valley based sex production industry until the latest case is investigated by AIM, reports the LA Times.

Update: Is 'condom-free' worth a life? worth the loss of business? or worth the cost of a lawyer?

18th October 2010. Based on article from

The Los Angeles City Council has refused to impose a moratorium on filming permits for the city-based porn industry, fearing that this could lead to costly lawsuits against the city.

As much as many of us are appalled by that activity, they are completely willing and capable of defending themselves with the highest paid lawyers to fight for their civil rights and, to date, they have been able to fend off these kinds of challenges, Councilman Richard Alarcon said at a session.

I don't think there's a majority or even close to a majority (on the council) that are even interested in this subject, Alarcon added.

Earlier in the day, anti-porn AIDS activists appeared before the City Council, calling the city to stop issuing permits to San Fernando Valley-based adult industry after an adult film performer was recently tested positive for HIV. Adult film star Jenna Jameson said: I always told them that it was better to practice safe sex. Is one movie worth your life? She called the industry a ticking time bomb, and noted her production company gave female performers the option of using condoms.


29th August

Update: A Barrier to Porn Production...

AIDS Health Foundation sue Larry Flynt over condom use

Anti-porn nutters have filed a legal safety complaint against the porn magazine mogul Larry Flynt, citing an unsafe work environment.

The AIDS Health Foundation sent an arsenal of DVDS of his films to the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health Office in Los Angeles. In only one of the 100 DVD's, is there any indication of an actor using protection , according to AHF spokesman Ged Kenslea.

The AHF's premise is that, by Flynt not requiring the use of condoms in his films, it sets up a growing body of evidence that the lack of use promotes the spread of STD's, specifically, AIDS. They are petitioning the state regulatory agency to order the use of condoms on all porn film sets.

Flynt begs to differ. According to Micahel Klein, president of Larry Flynt Productions, the request by the AHF is overbearing and unreasonable. He says that the end-user of the films will not watch people engage in sex who wear condoms. We won't budge when it comes to condomless productions, he said in a statement. That's what the consumer wants, and we deliver it.

The Federal statute regarding safe sex practices requires that actors in the porn industry be tested for HIV 30 days prior to the beginning of filming.

OSHA or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in California will investigate a complaint according to the merits of the case. Conversely, the alleged offending party can ask that an investigation be launched to prove that a complaint is without merit.


5th August

Update: Protection from Nutters...

Nutters foiled in attempt to undermine testing as a means to protect porn performers from the spread of AIDS

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a nutter group attempting to force adult performers to use condoms and dental dams in every sex scene, has just been handed a setback by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS has ruled that its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has no jurisdiction over AHF's complaint that AIM Healthcare Foundation had violated performers' rights in asking them to sign a voluntary waiver of medical privacy over their AIM test results.

The US adult industry has achieved absolutely minimal cases of AIDS/HIV by requiring performers to be tested rather than insisting on condoms. The nutters of AHF are trying to throw a spanner in the works by suggesting that test results can't be made available to porn producers on privacy grounds.

The ruling is a victory—albeit possibly a fleeting one— for AIM, which has been under attack for more than a year by AHF, which has made complaints about AIM's testing and medical confidentiality protocols to several state and federal government agencies. However, it is likely that AHF will attempt to refile its complaint with another agency within HHS.


27th June

Update: A Sanitary Nuisance...

A new angle for AIDS Healthcare to harangue the Florida porn industry

According to a press release issued by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the unnamed Chief Legal Counsel for the Florida Department of Health —no such entity is listed on the Health Department's website, and each county appears to have its own Chief Legal Counsel —has begun an investigation based on complaints filed by three residents at AHF's urging, alleging the lack of use of condoms in films produced by Florida's fast growing adult film industry.

The complaints are based on a skewed reading of Florida's Sanitary Nuisance statutes which, though vaguely worded, appear to refer to such tangible nuisances as rotting garbage, liquid chemical waste or smoke, and machinery that may pose a risk when operated. Regarding the nuisance, the Department of Health is authorized to undertake required correctional procedures, including the removal of same if necessary, creating, keeping, or maintaining such nuisances. Moreover, maintaining a sanitary nuisance is a second-degree misdemeanor under Florida law, punishable by a $500 fine but not imprisonment. Nothing in the statute raises the offense level for multiple violations.

In its press release on the Florida situation, even AHF hedges its claims about the law, noting that adult producers shooting non-condom content only arguably fall under the definition of a 'sanitary nuisance', and although the release refers at one point to a local sanitary nuisance ordinance for Miami-Dade County, where much of Florida's adult production takes place, it's unclear (at least from the press release) whether that county's Director of Public Health has agreed to investigate AHF's claims.


21st June

Update: Privacy Abuse...

Campaigners cite privacy to prevent porn producers from using AIDS testing clinic rather than condoms

A federal agency is investigating whether an HIV testing clinic funded by the adult film industry routinely releases health information about actors to porn producers, violating the actors' privacy, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced.

The US Department of Health and Human Services investigation is in response to a written complaint from the foundation alleging violations of federal patient confidentiality laws.

In its complaint filed earlier this year, the foundation alleged that the clinic's release of patient data on HIV and STD infections via an online database violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA.

During a March protest outside the clinic, Whitney Engeran-Cordova, director of the foundation's public health division, said there is a contradiction between AIM vigorously blocking the release of patient data to state workplace safety officials, yet making the same data available to adult film producers.

The foundation has pushed for regulations that would require porn actors to wear condoms to slow the spread of sexually transmittable diseases. It also wants access to the health data of porn actors to track the spread of STDs in the industry.

Some adult filmmakers have objected, saying condoms can detract from their movies. Instead, they contracted with AIM to ensure actors are disease free before they have sex.


3rd February

Update: Protecting Their Asses...

LA County will not enforce mandatory condoms on adult productions

Too many adult production companies, too many porn actors. That's what Los Angeles County's public health chief told three AIDS Healthcare Foundation members who showed up at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting demanding to know why the county won't require performers in porn films to wear condoms.

The three foundation members hijacked the meeting. The issue of condoms and porn weren't even on Tuesday's Supervisors Board meeting agenda.

But county officials reacted to the group and told them that they should be realistic to the situation. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county's public health chief, told the foundation members that regulating the porn biz is very, very difficult to implement.

There are roughly 200 production companies with about 1,200 actors, he said. All you need is a room and a camera and a bed, basically, to do this kind of shoot, and we have no ability to police this.

Fielding said that it would be difficult for public health officials to prove if the porn videos were shot in L.A. County or elsewhere, because producers often do not apply for filming licenses.

We worked closely with county counsel trying to see if there's some other way that we could effectively do this under existing authority, and what we've come up with is, basically, we're unlikely to to have an effective approach to prevent them from acquiring preventable STDs, Fielding said. It's very disturbing to come to that conclusion, but we also have to be realistic.

Fielding said the California Legislature would need to green light legislation that would require condom use for porn shoots.


13th January

Update: Rude Health...

Condom porn campaign extended to Florida

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation plans to file a complaint with three Florida citizens to the state Department of Health over the lack of use of condoms in adult film productions.

Michael Weinstein, president of the AHF, said the organization has decided to ramp up its efforts beyond California, where the bulk of porn is shot: In light of the tremendous growth of adult film production in Florida, particularly in Miami and in response to repeated threats from California producers who say they will leave California and take their productions — and jobs — to other states including Florida, AHF decided to expand our adult film worker safety campaign to include Florida.

This is why we are filing 'sanitary nuisance' complaints with Florida health officials — to press for the enforcement health statutes which we believe should require the use of condoms in all adult films produced in Florida.

Florida does not have designated occupational safety and health divisions like California, Weinstein noted.

Weinstein said that AHF will back its Miami complaints with evidence from 10 adult DVDs and streamed online videos filmed or produced in the Miami area in which many performers do not wear condoms. Two of the films cited include South Beach Cruisin' No. 2 , a double-DVD film by Josh Stone Productions, and Barely Legal: Miami Girls , produced by Hustler Video.


23rd December

Update: Unprotected Industry...

Judge rejects petition to mandate condom usage in adult films

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has dismissed a petition seeking a court order to compel county public health officials to require condom use on porn sets or take other reasonable steps to stem the spread of disease.

The petition, filed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, contended that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has passively observed an ever-growing epidemic within the porn industry.

Words alone cannot fight disease, the petition said. For over a decade, county health officials have talked, watched, written and analyzed. What county health officials have not done is act.

Judge David P. Yaffe rejected the petition, noting that the county has broad discretion in how it oversees public health.

The AIDS advocacy group sued the county in July. The action came weeks after an adult-film actress tested positive for HIV and county health officials released data that showed 18 HIV cases and more than 3,700 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis had been reported since 2004 by a San Fernando Valley-based clinic that mainly serves the porn industry. Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation officials said at the time that the majority of the cases did not involve working adult film performers.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation officials plan to appeal the decision and said they would press for change. We just hope the county will do the right thing without being compelled to do it by a court, foundation President Michael Weinstein said. This is going to be a years-long battle and it's going to have its ups and downs, but we know in the end that public health is going to win.


18th December

Update: Protected Industry...

California State considers mandatory condoms for porn films

California State regulators have agreed to consider a request from an AIDS advocacy group calling for mandatory use of condoms in porn films.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation submitted the request Thursday at a meeting of the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board.

The advocacy group wants current rules requiring healthcare workers to wear gear that prevents the spread of disease to extend to adult film sets.

The Cal/OSHA board has 60 days to evaluate the petition and issue a response.


17th June

Updated: Protecting Performers...

AVN analyses the claims of recent AIDS cases amongst US adult performers

OUTBREAK! 16 ADULT FILM STARS TEST POSITIVE FOR HAVING HIV! screamed the headline on — and its lead paragraph wasn't much better, claiming that, According to Los Angeles officials, 16 adult film performers have "recently" tested HIV positive

But unless you're speaking in geological terms, most people don't define "recently" as five years ago, and four of the cases included in that 16 are Darren James and the women he infected, Lara Roxx, Merisa Arroyo and Jessica Dee.

But scare headlines are what sell newspapers and move websites up in the Alexa ratings  when what's called for is objective, factual reporting.

So here are a few of the obvious factual errors and misleading statements contained in the recent news stories:

In all, 16 men and 5 women who worked as adult film industry performers contracted HIV between 2004 and 2008 : As the L.A. Times notes, that number, which it says came from the County Department of Health includes both the cluster around Darren James, one transsexual performer who contracted the infection at roughly that same time ... and 10 ... cases involv[ing] men who had sex with other men.

But that "detail" simply raises more questions. It's well known that some men have sex with other men, including both gay and straight male porn stars, but the difference between them is that gay porn stars generally don't get tested for HIV on a regular basis, while the males in hetero movies do. And sadly, that lack of testing combined with the subgenre of "bareback" productions is a volatile combination.

So: Subtracting the four Darren James-related cases in 2004, the one transsexual case from that time, the 10 cases of men who had sex with other men, which may be related to the gay bareback industry — that too awaits confirmation — and the one case discovered last week, that leaves a total of seven cases possibly unaccounted for over that five-year period.

AVN's investigation continues, but it couldn't hurt for the mainstream press, and the adult industry at large, to heed Mitchell's admonition that, Rumor is rampant when the words 'HIV' and 'porn' are in the same sentence; the media is like a moth to a flame. We are finding that many clients, patients and companies are tempted to discuss this delicate matter with the world for whatever personal or professional gain. Fact is, that we are still awaiting final confirmation on the Patient Zero.

Call for Mandatory Condoms in Porn Production

Based on article from

After the Los Angeles Times reported that as many as 16 actors and actresses in the adult entertainment industry recently tested positive for HIV, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will host a press conference, protest and rally Monday, June 15th at 9:00pm at porn impresario Larry Flynt's Hustler/Hollywood Store on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood (8920 Sunset Blvd.) to call for the introduction of landmark California legislation that would require the use of condoms by actors performing in porn videos produced by California's multi-billion dollar adult entertainment industry—a mainstay of the San Fernando Valley economy.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the US' largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider, which operates the largest community-based alternative HIV testing program in California conducting more than 14,000 free HIV tests annually, believes 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.

Update: Reported cases are not currently active performers

17th June 2009. See article from

LA County public health officials backtracked on the number of previously unpublicized HIV cases in adult film performers Tuesday, saying they don't know if those who tested positive were actively working in the industry at the time. Officials also corrected the number of new cases adjusting the figure upward from 16 to 18.

On Tuesday, the department told the Times it does not know if any of the people who tested positive were actively performing in the adult film industry. County public health officials said they mislabeled all reports from the clinic as adult performers, when they had no information about their occupations.

The Adult Industry Medical Foundation, the San Fernando Valley clinic that serves the porn industry, said none of the people were actively performing when they were tested. Clinic co-founder Sharon Mitchell said each case involved either a non-performer or an aspiring actor or actress who tested positive, then dropped out of the business.

The female actress who tested positive for HIV at their clinic earlier this month remains the only case detected in a working performer since 2004, Mitchell said.


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