April 28, 2004
A delegation of about 18 U.S. porn industry representatives on Monday met with about 80 California state lawmakers and legislative staffers as part of the industry's ninth annual lobbying day, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The day, which is organized by the Free Speech Coalition, focused on the threat of increased state regulation of the industry following the discovery of HIV among the actors, according to the Daily News. Free Speech Coalition Executive Director Kat Sunlove said that the industry plans to oppose attempts to require condom usage when filming (Sheppard, Los Angeles Daily News, 4/26). State and county health officials last week said they believe existing regulations give them the authority to require adult film actors to use condoms during filming. Only two of the approximately 200 adult film production companies in Southern California require their performers to use condoms, and about 17% of adult film actors regularly use condoms, according to industry executives (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/23). Sunlove said that the state instead should consider offering incentives to encourage condom use, including tax breaks for the cost of HIV testing (Los Angeles Daily News, 4/26).
NPR's "Day to Day" on Monday reported on the consideration of workplace regulations for the adult film industry. The segment includes comments from Patrick Collins, owner of Elegant Angel Productions; Dr. Peter Kerndt, director of the sexually transmitted disease program for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services; Sharon Mitchell, executive director of the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation; and Sunlove (Cohen, "Day to Day," NPR, 4/26). The complete segment is available online in RealPlayer.
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