For Immediate Release
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 email@example.com.
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct care and treatment services to over 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marked its 30th year of operation, and we are a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.
APLA Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary medical care, oral healthcare, mental health services, HIV testing, STD screening/treatment and health education and HIV prevention services focusing on low income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals. APLA Health & Wellness serves over 6,000 individuals across Los Angeles County each year.
For more information, visit apla.org.