Adult Film Industry, L.A. County Health Officials Testify at Public Hearing on Possible Regulations After HIV Outbreak
June 7, 2004
Public health and adult film industry officials on Friday testified at a four-hour California Assembly Health Committee hearing on proposed regulations for the adult film industry, following a recent HIV outbreak among pornographic film actors, the Los Angeles Times reports (Liu, Los Angeles Times, 6/5). Five adult film actors in April and May tested HIV-positive, and four of the cases have been linked. Following the detection of the first two cases, 53 workers who may have had unprotected sex with one of the actors or one of their onscreen partners agreed to a voluntary work quarantine. About 12 companies agreed to a 60-day production moratorium until HIV testing of the actors was completed, according to industry experts (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/13). No new cases have been reported since then, and industry officials say the outbreak has been contained, according to the Los Angeles Daily News (Anderson, Los Angeles Daily News, 6/5). Assembly member Paul Koretz (D) scheduled the hearing after the Assembly's Health Committee last month set aside for further study a bill that would have required adult film actors to undergo routine HIV testing and wear condoms during sex scenes. Koretz plans to use testimony from the hearings to propose regulations for the industry, the Times reports (Los Angeles Times, 6/5).
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