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State Advisory Panel Considers Mandatory Condoms For Porn Industry

The Aids Healthcare Foundation is hailing the first meeting of a state advisory panel Tuesday that will weigh whether condoms should be required in adult video shoots.

The California's of Department Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) advisory panel on the matter was meeting at the Caltrans building in downtown Los Angeles, where Robert Kim-Farley, director of the county's Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Program, testified that the porn industry saw as many as 22 HIV infections between 2004 and 2009.

He said eight of those could be tied directly to contractions while working on porn sets.

The meeting comes after Cal/OSHA's Standards Board in March decided to convene the advisory panel at the behest of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, which has been lobbying the body to enforce its work-place communicable diseases regulations when it comes to the San Fernando Valley-based porn industry.

In other words, the foundation wants Cal/OSHA to require condoms in porn.

Tuesday's meeting was attended by more than 100 people, Ged Kenslea, the foundation's director of communications, told the Weekly. Representatives of the porn industry appeared to be in full force, he said.

The meeting is just a small step: They'll be at least one other discussion, in October, before the panel brings any recommendations to the Standards Board.

"This is to get input from concerned stakeholders," Kenslea said.


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