For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Phil Curtis
213.201.1623 (o)
pcurtis@apla.org

AIDS Project Los Angeles Responds to California Senate Action on Condoms in Adult Films Bill

Senate Appropriations Committee voted yesterday not to advance AB 1576, a bill that would have required condom use on set for performers in the adult film industry

Los Angeles, CA; August 15, 2014—AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) strongly supports workplace safety and safer sex practices in the adult film industry in California. APLA believes that efforts to update safety protocols in the adult film industry should be a collaborative process that includes multiple stakeholders, including public health experts, state regulatory agencies, producers, and performers. We remain committed to working jointly with these groups to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the production of adult films in California.

We also believe that it is critical to consider new HIV-prevention interventions, specifically Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), when identifying ways to protect adult film performers. PrEP uses a well-established HIV anti-retroviral medication, Truvada, to block new infections in HIV-negative individuals. Recent studies estimate that PrEP is 96% effective for those who take the medication consistently. PrEP is a focus of HIV-prevention efforts nationwide and critical to any discussion of performer safety.

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the state’s workplace health and safety regulatory organization, is currently revising safety regulations covering the adult film industry. APLA will continue monitoring this process to ensure that any new regulations protect performers, guarantee privacy protections and engage adult film production companies in the all-important task of providing a safe and healthy workplace.

Further, APLA has always believed that California should focus its HIV-prevention efforts where they are needed most—among gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals. Between 2002 and 2011, HIV infections among gay and bisexual young men nationally increased 133%. Gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals, particularly African Americans and Latinos, are more severely impacted by HIV than any other group in California. In Los Angeles County, 85% of youth living with HIV are from communities of color. We call on California elected officials to reinvest in proven HIV interventions that will reduce the impact of the epidemic in these communities.

For more information, please contact Director, Government Affairs Phil Curtis at 213.201.1623 or pcurtis@apla.org.

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AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidenced-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocated for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit apla.org.

APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher / Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.

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