August 21, 2009
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Pink Cross Foundation this week filed official complaints with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) alleging adult film production companies "have violated workplace safety laws" by not requiring condom use in films, the Los Angeles Times reports (Yoshino, 8/20). According to Reuters, AHF filed complaints against 16 adult film studios in California, and "[a] former porn actress joined the filing with a complaint of her own against three additional production companies" (Gorman, 8/20).
The complaints stem "from a June 17 report about a Southern California [adult film] actress who tested positive for HIV," and reports that other adult film performers have tested positive for the virus in the last five years, ABCNEWS.com reports (Downie/McGuire, 8/20). Reuters writes: "Porn executives insist the industry has successfully policed itself with voluntary guidelines that call for monthly testing and quarantines of actors found to be infected" with a sexually transmitted disease. Cal-OSHA spokesperson Dean Fryer said of the issue, "We take it seriously, and it will be addressed," (8/20).