California: State Discusses Rules on Condom Use in Porn
June 14, 2011
At a hearing on June 7 in Los Angeles, California's Division of Occupational Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA) took comments on proposed rules that would mandate condom use on adult-film sets.
The 17 pages of rules drafted by Cal/OSHA would stipulate producers provide for and require the "use of condoms or other barrier protection to prevent genital and oral contact with the blood or (any other bodily fluids) of another person." Producers would also have to provide preventive medical services, such as vaccines against human papillomavirus and hepatitis. If performers were exposed to bodily fluids during filming, producers would then need to provide follow-up medical services. Some exemptions for oral sex are proposed.
The new standards would not require STD testing. However, Cal/OSHA inspector Deborah Gold said the industry can continue its current practice of testing performers every 30 days. Some performers indicated they would rather work with someone who had recently tested STD-negative than to put their trust in condoms.
The draft document results from meetings Cal/OSHA has held for stakeholders following AHF's 2009 complaint. If the agency decides to go forward with the rules, they would advance to the state's seven-member Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board.
06.07.2011; Shaya Tayefe Mohajer
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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