Weinstein Says Focus Should Not be on HIV in Porn !!!

As I continue to do more research into the condom issue I came across a very interesting report from June 4, 2004. For those of you that might not realize the “condoms in porn” debate as been going on for quite some time. Some of the players have changed, most have stayed the same.

On June 4, 2004, Paul Koretz (then Assemblyman Paul Koretz, now Los Angeles City Council Member who in fact voted in favor of the Safer Sex in Adult Films Ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council earlier this year) called for an informational hearing entitled, “Worker Health and Safety in the Adult Film Industry.” The meeting was held after the Darren James HIV outbreak (The same Darren James that is now doing commercials for AHF). Numerous stake holders were asked to provide testimony.

“The hearing was held in response to recent incidence of HIV infection among performers in the adult film industry. It was reported that five performers were infected and that over 50 performers were exposed. Government and the industry responded to identify the infected and control the spread of the disease. A core issue, which will influence any public policy response, is whether performers in the industry are employees or independent contractors. The Committee also considered the viability and legality of mandated testing, reporting, and mandated condom use.”

You can download and read the entire report here — koretz_posthearingreport-1

At this hearing, several members of the industry testified. Jeffrey Douglas, Esq. of the Free Speech Coalition, Gil Sperlin, Esq. of Titan Media, Sharon Mitchell of AIM and Nina Hartley. Dr Fielding, Director of Los Angeles County Public Health, testified as well.

However, the most interesting testimony, in my opinion, came from Michael Weinstein of the AIDs Healthcare Foundation. This is the actual summary of his testimony from the report;

“Mr. Weinstein made the point that there are thousands of HIV infections occurring all over the country and the world and yet the media and Legislature are now focused on the handful of infections that have recently occurred in the porn industry. He also stated that AIM may be best suited to deliver HIV testing and prevention services to the porn community rather than other HIV related organizations like AIDS Healthcare Foundation.”

No mention of condoms. No claim that testing is inadequate. No argument that the industry cannot police itself. Quite the opposite. He felt that the focus should not be on HIV in porn. And he felt that AIM was best suited to deal with this problem, even more so then his own organization.

Keep in mind his testimony came less then two months after 5 performers tested positive for HIV. Since then we have not had a single transmission within the industry but now he wants mandatory condoms…

Oh, how eight years changes everything…

But then again in 2004 porn wasn’t free and reaching every person in every country with an Internet connection and condom sales weren’t expected to reach $6 billion dollars a year… http://www.prweb.com/releases/condoms/male_female/prweb4376334.htm

 

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2 thoughts on “Weinstein Says Focus Should Not be on HIV in Porn !!!

  1. And this is why you would be much better suited to speaking on behalf of the adult industry during this pre-ballot period than anyone in the FSC, including Jeffery Douglas, Michael.

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