What is F.A.I.R in California?
For. Adult Industry. Responsibility. In. California.
AB 1576 will require condom or other sexual barrier use in all adult films produced in California. This measure, consistent with Los Angeles County’s recent voter approved Measure B (requiring condom use in adult films produced within the county), will provide state-wide uniformity needed to ensure that the thousands of actors employed in this multi-billion dollar industry are given reasonable workplace safety protections needed to reduce exposure to HIV and other communicable diseases.
There are thousands of STD infections a year. Actors are entitled to HEALTH, SAFETY and PROTECTION. Adult film actors deserve respect and fairness, here in California. Los Angeles, CA, assembly member, Isadore Hall, III (D-Los Angeles) recently introduced the legislation, AB 1576, requiring condom use in all adult films produced in California. Hall’s legislation will provide statewide uniformity needed to ensure that the thousands of actors employed in this multi-billion dollar industry are given reasonable workplace safety protections needed to reduce exposure to HIV and other communicable diseases and infections.
AB 1576: THE FACTS (download)
The adult film industry generates an estimated $14 billion a year in revenue. California based production of adult films account for the vast majority of this business, employing thousands of Californians and generating millions of dollars in tax revenue.
Workers in agriculture, food service, healthcare, construction and many other industries benefit from stringent work place safety requirements that keep workers’ compensation costs down and ensure a safe environment to earn a living. The adult film industry, given the type of work required, disproportionately exposes actors to a range of health and safety risks. The industry is largely self-regulated and has done an inadequate job of protecting its employees from disease infection.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, workers in adult films are ten times more likely to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as HIV, than the population at large. A 2010 study of adult film actors in Los Angeles County (County) found that 28% of actors tested positive for either gonorrhea or chlamydia or both diseases. Between 2004 and 2010, 23 actors employed by the adult film industry tested HIV positive with the most recent infection being identified in 2010. To date, County health officials determined that eight of these people were likely infected as a result of their work in the adult film industry.
The result of this unsafe work environment is a public health crisis that would be preventable if reasonable steps were taken to protect employees in the workplace.