LOS ANGELES--(AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will host a press teleconference tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19th at 11:00 A.M. Pacific to announce that it has filed the first complaint under the new Los Angeles County condoms in porn law—enacted by voter-approval last November—against Immoral Productions, a Los Angeles adult film production company with a provisional health permit issues through the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department. The complaint, filed by fax and U.S. mail on Sunday, March 17th in a letter addressed to Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health for the County of Los Angeles, states that an anonymous letter was sent to AHF indicating that “Immoral Productions is producing adult themed content wherein the actors are engaging in vaginal and anal penetrative acts without the use of condoms.”)--
“Immoral Productions is producing adult themed content wherein the actors are engaging in vaginal and anal penetrative acts without the use of condoms.”
The County of Los Angeles Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act requires producers of adult films to obtain a public health permit from the County; follow all health and safety laws, including condom use; and pay a permit fee sufficient to cover all enforcement costs.
|First Complaint Filed Under New Voter-Approved LA-County “Condoms in Porn” Law|
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
11:00 AM Pacific
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Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Tom Myers, Chief of Public Affairs & General Counsel, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Mark McGrath, Research & Policy Analyst, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
The letter further states:
“Under Title 11, Section 39 of the Los Angeles County Health and Safety Code (“Section 39”), adult film producers are required, among other things, to obtain a public health permit through your department and use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases. Immoral Productions knowingly produces adult material within the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County that is in violation of Section 39 in the following ways:
|a.||Failure to use personal protective equipment (condoms) for vaginal and anal sexual intercourse;|
|b.||Failure to provide proof of successful completion of bloodborne pathogens training for all production company principals and management level employees;|
|c.||Failure to submit an Exposure Control Plan and methods of compliance that meets the requirements of the California Code of Regulations|
Failure to display a legible sign in conventional typeface no smaller than 36 points notifying production staff that ‘The use of condoms is required for all acts of anal or vaginal during production of adult films to protect performers from sexually transmitted infections…’”
Find the full text of the official complaint here.
History of AHF’s Advocacy for Condom Use in Porn Films in California
Between 2004 and 2010, 23 individuals thought to be connected with adult industry have tested HIV positive with the most recent infection being identified in October 2010; to date, LA County health officials determined that eight of these people were likely infected as a result of their work in the industry. These statistics and infections served as a catalyst for AHF to develop an ongoing campaign to require the use of condoms in adult films shot in California. As a result, AHF mounted a high profile advocacy campaign directly targeting the industry, including key players like Vivid Entertainment and Hustler it has publicly pressed Los Angeles County political and health officials to comply with the law as far as legal reporting of HIV and STD cases—including those found among performers in the industry—and to require the use of condoms on sets in LA County—as required by Cal/OSHA statute.
In Los Angeles, AHF then spearheaded Ballot Measure B, the so-called condoms in porn measure formally known as the County of Los Angeles Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, which passed with overwhelming voter support (56% to 44%) in the November 2012 election in Los Angeles County.
About AIDS Healthcare Foundation
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 200,000 individuals in 28 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare