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AIDS Healthcare Foundation Wants L.A. to Pull Film Permits for Porn Shoots

From a 2009 adult film shoot (Photo by Koga/LAist)
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News of an actor who has tested positive for HIV has put the spotlight on a heated debate between the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the adult entertainment industry. Although a quarantine has gone into effect and four production companies have voluntarily shut down for the time being, the nonprofit says it's not enough.

“A voluntary and partial suspension of production is simply not enough in light of the seriousness of this latest HIV outbreak in the porn industry—certainly not while it remains unknown just how far the infection may have spread,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which will send speakers to tomorrow's L.A. City Council meeting to request the temporary suspension of filming permits for porn shoots.

“AHF calls on Film L.A. and the City of Los Angeles to temporarily suspend all filming permits for porn production until it is known who has been exposed and until that information has been disclosed to public health authorities,” continued Weinstein. “In a public health emergency such as this, it is incumbent upon local government officials to protect its citizens and minimize the damage that could be inflicted in the workplace and beyond. If this were any other industry and a potentially life-threatening infection was being transmitted and remained uncontained, you can be sure regulatory agencies would have stepped in by now, not leaving it up to the businesses themselves to decide if it is safe for their employees to work or not.”