SAFETY URGED ON THE SEX SET ASSEMBLYMAN PROPOSES VOLUNTARY PLAN.Byline: Harrison Sheppard Sacramento Bureau
Despite an AIDS outbreak that temporarily shut down the adult-film industry, filmmakers will not face new health regulations but should voluntarily improve their practices to protect performers from disease, a key Assemblyman said Tuesday.
Assemblyman Paul Koretz Paul Koretz (D-Los Angeles) announced his plans on August 2, 2007 to seek the Los Angeles 5th District City Council seat now occupied by Jack Weiss in 2009. Weiss is expected to run for Los Angels City Attorney against the current City Attorney, Rock Delgadio. , a member of the Assembly Health Committee, has recommended a list of 13 practices the industry should implement, including the use of condoms and more frequent HIV testing. Earlier this year, Koretz killed a bill that would have required the industry to use condoms when filming all sex scenes.
``We won't be afraid to legislate if we have to,'' said Koretz, D-West Hollywood. ``But frankly I think we've come up with a reasonable plan and I think there's an excellent chance if the industry responds and implements it.''
Industry representatives said it is unlikely that all film companies will require performers to use condoms. However, they still plan to discuss ways to encourage Koretz's guidelines, in part because the threat of legislation is still there.
``The reality of people using condoms for a lot of the things that are suggested here - I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how quickly that's going to happen,'' said Sharon Mitchell, executive director of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation The Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation is an organization which tests erotic actors for HIV and other STDs on a scheduled basis. In the 1980s, an outbreak of AIDS caused a number of deaths of erotic actors. , the industry's main clinic.
Still, trying to mandate such practices would only make the problem worse, she argued, because the industry would go underground and then fewer performers would get tested.
Earlier this year, the San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area. Valley-based industry faced an AIDS scare when a male actor was infected with HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. and spread it to three actresses, plus a fifth performer was infected independent of the others. The scare resulted in a temporary shutdown of filming and the threat of state legislation.
No other cases have developed since then, Mitchell said. After the outbreak, she said, the use of condoms rose to about 23 percent of performers, but has recently gone back down to its prior level of 17 percent.
But the industry has made two significant changes, she said - testing performers for HIV every two weeks rather than monthly, and mandating performers be vaccinated for tuberculosis and hepatitis.
Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Roseville, who had authored the earlier bill to require HIV testing, said if Koretz's voluntary plan doesn't work he should consider a mandatory approach.
``This may be the first time ever that a liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat
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Liberal Democrat n (BRIT) → has asked an industry - any industry - to voluntarily comply with safety standards Safety standards are standards designed to ensure the safety of products, activities or processes, etc. They may be advisory or compulsory and are normally laid down by an advisory or regulatory body that may be either voluntary or statutory. ,'' Leslie said in a written statement. ``I believe Mr. Koretz is sincere and, if the industry does not act appropriately, he will do the right thing and introduce worker safety legislation.''
Koretz's recommendations were developed by Dr. Thomas Coates, professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles UCLA comprises the College of Letters and Science (the primary undergraduate college), seven professional schools, and five professional Health Science schools. Since 2001, UCLA has enrolled over 33,000 total students, and that number is steadily rising. , and a member of the UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX AIDS Institute.
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