Fight over condoms in porn far from over

Aug 19, 2014
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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.

Michael Weinstein

The crackdown on condoms has driven the industry underground to avoid enforcement. Underground productions mean less safe working conditions all around, and Weinstein couldn’t quite explain how a statewide condom law would rectify that.

“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.

AB 1576's sponsor, termed-out Assemblymember Isadore Hall, was a puppet of both AHF and big tobacco

AB 1576’s sponsor, termed-out Assemblymember Isadore Hall, was a puppet of both AHF and big tobacco

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Ernest Greene
Ernest Greene
9 years ago

Weinstein’s painted himself into such a tight corner he can’t turn around with breaking his nose. If he concedes there’s just no support for his campaign and admits it’s time to concentrate on putting AHF’s house in order, he might just scrape by after making such a fool of himself on this issue. If not, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new leader at AHF, which would be a blessing for all. Right now, he’s in a burning house bitching about the lawn not getting mowed. - Buy & Sell Adult Traffic
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