California Assembly Member Calls on Adult Film Industry to Voluntarily Meet Guidelines to Prevent HIV Spread
August 19, 2004
California Assembly member Paul Koretz (D) on Tuesday called on the adult film industry to meet 13 guidelines to prevent the spread of HIV during film production, including condom use, the Los Angeles Daily News reports (Sheppard, Los Angeles Daily News, 8/17). Five adult film actors in April and May tested HIV-positive, and four of the cases were found to be linked. Following the detection of the first two cases, more than 50 performers 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 then agreed to a production moratorium until HIV testing of the actors was completed, according to industry experts (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 6/18). Koretz, who earlier this year helped shelve legislation requiring sexually transmitted disease testing for adult film actors, said that the guidelines -- which were developed by Dr. Thomas Coates, professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles -- are a "reasonable plan" and that there is an "excellent chance" that the adult film industry will implement them. However, Koretz said he "won't be afraid to legislate if we have to," according to the Daily News.
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