Nevada May Require Condom Use During Porn Film Shoots

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are currently working with California public health agencies to investigate the possibility of changing condom use policies for adult film productions. In a joint statement released to the media in January, the organizations say they will "identify and investigate possible incidents of disease transmission related to the AEFI [Adult Entertainment Film Industry] and opportunities to modify disease control laws to reduce the risk to AEFI workers."

This is in response to a recently documented transmission of HIV that occurred on set from one male porn actor to another in Nevada. In late December, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Occupational Health Branch publicly issued a health alert explaining the on-set transmission that occurred -- the first to occur during an adult film production in more than ten years.

According to an AP press release published in The New York Times, the actor who transmitted the virus thought he was HIV-negative during two film shoots that occurred within two weeks of his most recent negative HIV test.

"Frequent HIV testing alone is helpful but not sufficient to prevent HIV transmission," explains Karen Mark, MD, PhD, chief of CDPH's Office of AIDS. "For many years, the adult film industry has been saying that their protocol of testing actors for HIV within two weeks of performing is working and that no one has gotten infected on the set since 2004. What the recently reported incident has shown is that this protocol is not sufficient to prevent HIV infection."

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