A bill requiring condom use in adult film production stalled in a state Senate committee last week and is probably dust for this legislative season. Don’t think the issue is dead, however. Not when Michael Weinstein is involved.
Weinstein, the pugnacious leader of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, doesn’t give up easily.
Weinstein’s crusade is far from over
On Thursday, after news of the bill’s apparent demise, Weinstein noted that the legislation had made significant progress. Last year, it never got out of committee; this year, it passed in the full Assembly.
“It’s not going to discourage us,” he told me. “It took a very long time to get needle exchange in California. Almost 20 years.”
What exactly Weinstein wins with the condom fight is not clear. HIV is not a huge issue in adult film production. According to the industry association, there hasn’t been one proven case of on-set transmission in 10 years.
That’s because the industry, and adult film performers, have been policing themselves with regular testing. Understandably, they don’t want to be infected. Porn actors are tested every two weeks, and when one is found to be HIV-positive, production is shut down until the infection is traced.