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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Critics say a state proposal that would require California porn productions to boost safety standards to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases goes too far.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported Monday that the 21-page draft specifies the use of protective eye gear in some situations and calls for producers to pay for medical visits and hepatitis B vaccines for adult film performers.

After five years of public hearings and heated debates, a proposed set of safety standards for all California porn production sets is edging closer to being finalized, but adult film performers say if passed, the new regulations would make sex scenes look like medical dramas.

They say they want a chance to provide input so the regulations won’t stigmatize the industry or force producers underground or out of state.

The 21-page draft, proposed by the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, blends thick regulatory definitions with graphic language as it outlines how adult film performers and others on set can protect themselves from bloodborne pathogens and other bodily fluids. It underscores the use of condoms as a way to protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. It also calls for producers to pay for medical visits and hepatitis B vaccines.

“These are regulations designed for medical settings, and are unworkable on an adult film set — or even a Hollywood film set,” Diane Duke, CEO of the Canoga Park-based Free Speech Coalition, said in a statement.

The proposed regulations are the result of a letter filed to the Cal/OSHA standards board in late 2009 by Michael Weinstein, executive director of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Condom use in adult film production in California has been required under Cal/OSHA as part of protecting against bloodborne pathogens, but Weinstein said the adult industry has largely skirted the law and has gotten away with it because of a lack of effective enforcement by the state agency. The new regulation would specifically refer to condoms as a way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Weinstein had been critical of the agency for taking so long in drafting the proposal but said Friday he was pleased with the way the public hearing was conducted.

But many performers and executives continue to say that tougher regulations would simply drive the multibillion-dollar industry out of state or underground. The Free Speech Coalition has said the testing protocols for sexually transmitted diseases are effective. On most sites, performers are tested every 14 days and are not supposed to work until they receive a clean bill of health. The industry also has said that while condoms are available if requested, using them is impractical because they break and they ruin the aesthetics of sexual fantasy.

On a side note, the production of sexy secretary, nerdy teacher and Breaking Bad porn would increase substantially.

 

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