Condoms in porn could be mandatory, as California regulators are set to review a petition from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
On Thursday, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health standards board is scheduled to consider a petition the foundation filed in December to change state law and require condom use and other safe sex protections for adult-film workers, including increased safety training and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
Board staff and staff at the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health have recommended that the board create an advisory committee to consider amending the law "in order to give greater protection to employees in the adult film industry."
"Although workers in adult films should enjoy protections under the current phrasing of the regulation, as well as the Board's determination that adult film workers are employees, the adult film industry has steadfastly refused to take any steps to protect its workers from diseases spread by blood borne pathogens, resulting in thousands of employees becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Clarification and enhanced enforcement of the rules are called for," according to the petition.
Worldwide porn revenue in 2006 was reported at more than $97 billion, according to Pink Cross Foundation, a charity that offers help to adult industry workers.