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Adult Industry ‘Fig Leaf' Doesn't Cover Much, says AHF
Date:12/18/2009

rdon): “The plan’s contents are comprehensive for worker safety and address numerous practices over everything from controlling waste to housekeeping to the cleaning of sex toys. It also addresses training, as well as pre- and post-scene evaluation, and makes examination recommendations for new-to-the-industry performers.”

The industry’s voluntary plan, while including such measures as requiring regulated waste be disposed of in Biohazard Waste Containers and a detailed section about laundry procedures for bedding and wardrobe, stops short of requiring condoms.

“Far from being a comprehensive plan to address the serious problem of sexually-transmitted disease among porn performers, the industry’s voluntary plan is simply a porn fig leaf that doesn’t cover much,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “The 13-page document leaves out the one and only piece of equipment that is proven to be effective in preventing the transmission of sexually-transmitted diseases – a five cent condom. Without a condom requirement, the industry’s plan is completely bogus. Luckily though, they have vowed to do the laundry.”

Additional procedures included in the plan are what the Free Speech Coalition is calling “Performer Work Practice Controls.” Among the proposed safety measures, is the following:

“At the end of the scene, the performers will stop and wash affected body parts to help reduce the risk of STDs. For example, if anal sex is performed on a female performer, the performers will stop at the end of this scene and wash affected body parts (hands, penis, vagina, anus, etc.) with appropriate sanitizing wipes (safe for human contact) before proceeding with the next scene.”

“There is no such thing as a comprehensive worker safety plan for adult performers that excludes condoms,” said Whitne
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