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CalOSHA Sez: Almost All Adult Movies Are Non-Compliant

CalOSHA Sez: Almost All Adult Movies Are Non-Compliant

LOS ANGELES—Those who showed up at the Cal/OSHA Advisory Meeting on Bloodborne Pathogens in the Adult Film Industry today expecting a discussion of whether condoms should be mandated in adult movies were in for a surprise: According to both Cal/OSHA inspector Deborah Gold and agency attorney Amy Martin, condoms are already required for sex scenes, and any production that doesn't use them is breaking the law.

"I'd just like to make something very clear," Gold said at one point. "Right now, the standard mandates the use of condoms, so people who have come here and think that we're arguing about whether we're going to mandate the use of condoms need to understand that the current status quo is that if there's blood or other potentially infectious material, you need to prevent contact with that and the employee's eyes, skin, so people just need to understand that—I know people keep talking about it as though we're thinking about newly mandating condoms and people have to understand that what we're trying to do is talk about whether something new can be worked out in the standards that would protect employees as well as what's currently the present."


However, that comment, which came after more than an hour of discussion, hardly served to limit the subjects that attendees wanted to talk about.

More than 100 people crowded in meeting room 1-040A at the Cal/Trans Building in downtown L.A. beginning at 10 a.m. for a wide-ranging discussion about health issues in the adult performer community. Attendees with adult industry ties included performers Nina Hartley, Joanna Angel, Jeremy Steele, Eric John, Christian XXX, Anita Cannibal, Angela Aspen, Ben English and Dave Cummings; Free Speech Coalition executive director Diane Duke with FSC attorneys Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan; FSC board chair Jeffrey Douglas and Membership Director Joanne Cachapero; Wicked Pictures Vice-President (and FSC treasurer) Joy King; attorney Michael Fattorosi; Immoral Productions president Dan Leal; Protecting Adult Welfare founder Bill Margold and Dr. Eric Aronow of Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM).

Also attending were AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein and staffers Whitney Engeran, Brian Chase and several others; Dr. Paula Tavrow and others from UCLA's Reproductive Health Interest Group; Drs. Peter Kerndt and Robert Kim-Farley of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; and Shelley Lubben and several associates of her Pink Cross Foundation.

After an introduction by Gold, who gave a short history of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the federal and state levels, noting that California's first "bloodborne pathogen" (BBP) regulations were first enacted in 1990. She also said that the purpose of today's meeting was to discuss the possibility of changing the state's BBP regulations, which she noted would also have to be justified at the federal level, but she was careful to point out that Cal/OSHA is not at the "formal rule-making stage" yet.

Gold then introduced Dr. Kim-Farley, who gave a Powerpoint presentation about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the adult industry, stating that "STDs are common among AFI [adult film industry] performers." He listed the various types of STDs and how they are transmitted, noting that one method of transmission which has a "moderate" probability of passing along STDs is "skin-to-skin contact." He also attempted to debunk some "myths" regarding STDs in the industry, including, "Screening does not prevent infection," that "Testing makes people safer" and that "Sharing performer test results ensures a clean bill of health."

 Dr. Kim-Farley also claimed that according to the Health Department, there were 3,200 chlamydia and gonorrhea infections among the performer community between 2004 and 2008, and that 25 percent of talent get infected with an STD each year—figures that Dr. Eric Aronow of AIM disputed, suggesting that most were a result of duplicate reporting, and indeed, Dr. Kerndt admitted that for STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, tests conducted even three weeks after the person was cured could show residual infection, but he claimed that the Health Department was aware of that situation and discounted such reports from its statistics.

Dr. Kim-Farley also reported that there had been eight HIV cases among performers since 2004, though when Dr. Kerndt was asked to elaborate on that figure, he agreed that only four cases—that of Darren James and the three actresses he infected—could be traced to actual performers. Nonetheless, Weinstein repeated the claim that 22 performers had been infected since 2004—a figure that has been debunked even by the Health Department.

At one point, Dr. Kerndt was asked to compare the number of HIV cases in the performer community with the number reported in the general population, which he stated were about 100 to 125 new infections per month in Los Angeles. Also, in response to an objection raised by Nina Hartley, that prolonged use of condoms in sex scenes caused vaginal abrasions, Dr. Kerndt stated that he had never seen any studies documenting that happening.

Dr. Aronow gave a brief overview of AIM's testing procedures, and hoped that one outcome of the meeting would be to come up with a set of testing protocols that would be acceptable to Cal/OSHA.

After a lunch break, the bulk of the afternoon discussion dealt with condoms: How extensive is their use in the industry, and various reactions to condom use by both industry members and health care professionals.

The discussion continued for nearly four hours, so check back to this site tomorrow for a more extensive look at the proceedings—including the part where someone who claimed to have been an actress accused AIM of covering up for a director who, she said—but refused to name—was a rapist.

(Pictured L-R: Shelley Lubben, Michael Weinstein, Diane Duke, Nina Hartley)

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Posted 07/02/2010 by markkernes
Neesa: What I actually said was, "You might be a liar." (Getting quotes correct is important in my business.) Beyond that, I've never threatened you, and I don't intend to correspond with you personally. I would not want to aggravate your "extremely mentally ill" condition.
Posted 07/02/2010 by neesax
So good to hear from u Marc.Glad I pisses u off so much u had to respond.Marc,u shouted,"What if you're Lying".U can deny it for all I care.But whose in Prison for 4 yrs.& 3 years probation.HahahaMax. Sticking up for max bcause u miss sucking his tiny peepee.I was a character witness,but not in person bcause I am extremely mentally ill,as u can see.And was just relreased from a mental hspital. I had a conference call w those lawyers as I mentioned above.They gave that info to the judge.I had more to do w his,"Obsenity" case than you all know.And about that Neesa Max hardcore exit video I was talking about. That he put up,or his friend..Its suddenly gone.It was suppose to hurt me,but only made it look worse for his case.Marc,your job is to stick up for the industry.I get it.I agree to disagree. But I kno longer wish to respond to you thru this board u are welcome to email me @ boyfrend will pass it to me,if you are calm & collective.Giving me mail that come sAT me instead of to me..Is just not healthy for me to read. As the Capone theory goes..You dont go to prison for obsenity of his sort,for as long as he is in.They couldn't get enough girls to testify against him cause they were scared.And rebecca Lineares was scared to lose her passport,greencard,whatever.She still barely knows englisg and she's been in this country for a while.SO she better be a good girl,or she will b out of my country in no time. Many of the girls dont have the strength that I do.We have recordings as well.The fact is.He's in prison.Justice was served.And I am obviously not out to make friends.I want to be the "Bitch" of the batch. The few threats I have gotten on the exit interview that was on yotube,was taken seriously.I am not the only one who runs my youtube.I eplained that b 4 and his friends didnt realize A legal team also runs/watches my page.So after those few were knocked off YouTube. The threats stopped.Its not a joke.Hate me please,but threatening to do something to me will only cause extreme legal retaliation.We are just debating here.We are adults.. But kno,that its very hard to get a video taken off,and as soon as that meeting was over,my legal team,and another org. that got him put away.Made my wish come true. SO I look for ward to what all of u have to say.But I dont read my mail first.It is filtered.And when u are mentally ill like myself.Firing back at me is triple the amt. of legal issues,u don't want to deal with.I am a women with a disabilitly,thats how the gv't sees it.Its worse to mess with a mental case like myself.Have u read my blogs? I'm a fucking fruitcake?mess/.Over 12 police reports on max and,I am lying.Haha.if u love him so much,why dont YOU personally let his piss in ur mouth and vomit on is peepee and be forced toeat it up.And be forced to swallow his urine. I'd be kissing my ass right now bcause your industry is going down,And u are afraid of losing ur job.AVN,Exxxoctica,etc..conventions..The # of boths there,& ppl going.Have gone down.The economy and the way the directors/porn companies teat the girls,are to blame as well as other things. THAT who u need to get ahold of.The more they abuse the girls on the set,the more problems u have. So if u want me to read your it.If u r polite,I will be.If not,it will never get to me.Literally.So b 4 u threaten me,think.I am speaking of the sick fans of his on youtube,etc.Only men who have no respect for women/rapists/child molesters,would like his work. And defend him.He's ruined the industry and ur taking his side? At least some of the companies I know,can't choke,pull hair,bleep out the words slut & whore. Cant get tha rough bcause of him.he has no friends left.SOme of his friends are acting like that bcause they are getting info from him.He needs to kno that.Tell him I said,"What's up",when u visit your boyfriend in prison. Cause u kno he's gay.Anything happens to me,they kno to look at him.At least I am not afraid to stand up for myself,and other women.Not like the other cowards like Rebecca.That only cares about her job.I know,I spoke w her b 4.And could barely understand her ugly accent.U work/own this site/AVN,so of course ur gonna "Own" it. Goodbye and goodnight.
Posted 06/30/2010 by markkernes
Neesa: I didn't shout at you, as my and Traci Bryant's recordings of the proceedings will show. And you weren't a "character witness on [Max Hardcore's] case of obsenity [sic]." The only performer who testified at the trial was an actress with the industry named "Summer Luv," and she testified FOR Max, not against him. I know; I was there.
Posted 06/30/2010 by neesax
Yeah,I was there yestursay w my people.I was a fiest bitch.Had to make my point.Marc from AVN was so mad that i mentioned my rape fron max hardcore,that he had to shout at me.Yeah,i like to see that i effected u.I have never seen any1 as ugly on the inside & out.Fat as fuck,ugly face.double chin.If I looked like that.I'd kill myself. And Nina Hartley.What a brain u r.U look like a soccer grandma.Go sew or something."Condoms don't make me feel safer" She said,or something of that nature.Its on the L.A> times page.Nina,are u stupid? I hope u get AIDS. Dave Cummings.The mysogynist piggie.Complaining that women get more love,their name on the dressing room door(Seriously) ,& the poor men in the biz that don't get what women get.Boo fucking hoo.Ur so old,u were around when women/black people couldnt vote.SO u had ur time.I hope u get cancer.Colon preferably. The meth looking tranny that shouted at me while I was speaking.SHame on u.My tranny friends are hot.Step away from Crystal,junkie.She gets mad bcause I reply 2 her,"If u dont like whats going on,u can walk off the set.".I said," not true.When I was on the set w max hardcore,I was not ALLOwed to walk off set.She was not there.Only 3 of us were there.I am not afraid of anyone.I'm 4'10 88 pounds.ANd I have a tall tranny,2 fat ugly perverted monsters,and bald Christian yelling at a petite women.DO u feel like a man?I got my boxing gloves on,bitches,I love a good debate.Doesnt Christian who works for L.A. Direct,do gay porn as well?Shhhh on the D.L.DOnt b ashamed.I like the gays.Be proud or dont fuck them.Bill Margold.One confused fatty.He does interviews knocking max.I was happy 2 meet him,due to that.And he starts clawing at me like a fat cat.I told him,"You're hot".Hahah.I figured he's never heard that b 4.And how do u respond to that? feel free to go on the max hardcore Neesa exit interview on youtube.It will them guide u to my side of the story,which all of u will disagree w.The fat guys I mentioned above r pissed bcause girls dont EVER look at te,fuck them for free,etc.I dont post comments that r not on my side/rude on my channel bcause it's my fucking channel.And I know how much it kills u!!! Its been mentioned so many times.I dont want ur negativety on my channel.Only mine.There's not enough room for yours.So post on max's interview w me,channel.I love all the drama and how I get u guys all rowled up.U can ignore me,but when u post how pissed u r,call me names..U kno the typical..whore,slut,bitch.Boooorring.Heard it all.Boohoo.U can post there.I luv to read the hate.I brag about it.Its comical.But 1 threat and ur ass will end up in prison like Max.See,as many of u kno.I was a character witness on his case of obsenity.Conference call w 2 prosec. lawyers.His ex friends/biz assoc. had shit to say too.But he thinks they r his friends.Hahah.I have 2 go now.Nice chillin w all of u yesturday.ur goin out of business reall soon.And Jeremy,why didnt u take ur stupid sunglasses off?U looked like a douche Neesa
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