Making their point with a five-foot-tall of adult DVDs, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation yesterday held a joint press release and protest as it declared intentions to file complaints with the California office of occupational safety and health (CalOSHA) over the adult film industry’s blacklist over the use of condoms in its productions. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation named numerous porn studios in its complaint, but singled out Larry Flynt Productions for its steadfast refusal to portray the use of condoms – or anything even remotely resembling safe sex, for that matter – in the dozens of adult films it produces each year.
Now, it is not often that you’ll find this blog, or National Underwriter covering any aspect of the adult entertainment industry. (Case in point: no way in hell am I linking to Flynt Productions.) But the grim truth is that in an age where sexual health is under constant threat thanks to HIV and AIDS, the use of a condom is the single most effective means of protection, and it is mind-boggling that the industry that could benefit from this the most, is the least likely to use it.
According to people like Flynt, customers do not want to see condoms. The adult film industry is also fond of pointing out that its performers are required by law to submit to HIV testing 30 days before filming, and that the industry itself funds and supports the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation (AIM), a nonprofit started in 1998 to provide testing, monitoring and counseling to those who work in adult films.