For Adult Industry Responsibility (FAIR): Performers deserve the same worker health and safety protections every other Californian enjoys.
THE PROBLEM: STIs & HIV
The Adult Film Industry (AFI) is a legal industry in California. However, sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV, pose serious occupational health risks to AFI performers.
STI rates are significantly higher in the AFI compared to the general population. In a 2012 study, 28% of AFI performers tested positive for chlamydia and/or gonorrhea. In a 2011 study, performers were found to be 34 times more at-risk for chlamydia and 64 times more at-risk for gonorrhea than the general LA County population. In the same study, female performers were 27 percent more likely to have a repeat infection within one year.
Numerous accounts of HIV transmission have been documented in the AFI, and incidents of HIV infection continue to occur. Between 2004 and 2010, 23 performers employed by the AFI tested positive for HIV.
Pornographers continue to disregard explicit and existing legal requirements intended to reduce workplace hazards and limit occupational exposures.
THE SOLUTION: AB 1576 (download)
AB 1576 is about worker health and safety.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Public Health Association (APHA), condoms are the single most effective way to protect adult film performers from serious workplace infections.
AB 1576 will require condoms in all adult films produced in California to ensure performers are entitled to health, safety, and protection at work.
AB 1576 is consistent with LA County’s recent voter-approved Measure B and will provide statewide uniformity to ensure that thousands of performers employed in this multi-billion dollar industry are protected like every other worker in California.
The AFI generates an estimated $14 billion a year in revenue. California-based productions 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 workplace safety requirements that keep workers’ compensation costs down and ensure a safe environment to earn a living.
The AFI, given the type of work required, disproportionately exposes performers to a range of health and safety risks. The industry is largely self-regulated and has done an inadequate job of protecting its workers from workplace-acquired exposures. The result of this unsafe work environment is a public health crisis that would be preventable if reasonable steps were taken to protect workers in the workplace.
AB 1576 is about fairness for workers in the Adult Film Industry.