After nearly five hours of often emotional testimony from porn stars and others in the adult film industry, state regulators voted Thursday against a controversial set of workplace safety regulations that would have required performers to use condoms. The regulations, drafted by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, would have put adult performers in the same category as doctors, nurses and others who work in medical settings and are required to use "barriers" for protection. Thursday's vote in Oakland was met with cheers and jubilation from a roomful of mostly porn film actors and behind-the-scenes workers who opposed the measures. I'm amazed. I'm appreciative.
Actor's Positive HIV Test Disrupts Filming as Clinic Traces On-Screen Sex Partners
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Several current and former adult film performers who have tested positive for HIV spoke out Wednesday about working conditions in the industry. Cameron Bay, the actress whose positive HIV test result prompted a weeklong moratorium on filming last month, spoke at a Hollywood news conference about an on-set incident that she said had put performers at risk. She said the actor continued performing without a condom. Bay said she had been in the adult film industry for three months and had shot 10 scenes before learning she had HIV on Aug.
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She switched to millimeter films and now has a well-known hard-core Web site, Suze. Knipe, a writer, is her business manager. Their daughter Holly is part of the business, too. Last month, she directed a pornographic film on their remote ranch in the hills above Malibu. They remember the torrent of fear when performers began dying of AIDS in the s.
Many segments of the sex industry use frequent HIV testing of sex workers as their major weapon against spread of the virus. A recent outbreak of HIV infection among adult-film actors in California illustrates the complete inadequacy of this practice. After testing HIV-negative in February , he traveled to Brazil, where he performed unprotected sexual acts for a movie. He experienced a brief flu-like illness the week before his routine March test, which was negative. A third test in April was positive.