Los Angeles County Health Officials Consider Regulations for Bathhouses, Sex Clubs
March 24, 2004
Los Angeles County public health officials have scheduled a meeting with the owners of area bathhouses and sex clubs to discuss options for strengthening HIV prevention efforts, the Los Angeles Times reports (Bernstein, Los Angeles Times, 3/23). The meeting is in response to a motion approved in February by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that requires the county Department of Health Services and other workers within 90 days to recommend improvements for prevention programs and guidelines for how the county and cities can coordinate licensing and permit distribution for the clubs. The motion cited a study conducted in 2002 that found that 11% of men at two Los Angeles area bathhouses tested HIV-positive, compared with 5% of men who had been tested at a public clinic or community-based testing center (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/4). The county already has the power to inspect and shut down bathhouses. However, the specific rules, which were passed 16 years ago, only apply to two of the facilities currently in operation and inspections have been difficult, John Schunhoff, CEO of the county Office of Public Health Programs and Services, said.
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