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CALIFORNIA: Calif. Porn Film Company Is Fined $78,000 for Condom Policy, Other Workplace Safety Violations


Star Tribune (02.01.2014)

The Star Tribune reported that California state safety officials fined a San Francisco-based pornography company $78,000 for allowing performers to have on-camera intercourse without using condoms. Citing numerous violations, including no-condom use, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) penalized Cybernet after an inspection in August 2013. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) set the inspection in motion by filing a formal complaint last August after the disclosure of two Cybernet performers testing positive for HIV. AHF has long lobbied for condom use in the adult film industry. According to CalOSHA Spokesperson Peter Melton, the administration received several complaints against Cybernet last year. Cybernet plans to appeal the decision and defends its policy of allowing performers to choose to wear condoms. The company believes the complaints were made by people who oppose pornography in general and claims that testing confirmed the two performers who contracted HIV last year did so in their private lives, and not while making films. The entire adult film industry adopted rules of bi-weekly testing for all STDs, HIV, and hepatitis after the last confirmed on-set case of HIV was diagnosed in 2004.


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