Actor's Positive HIV Test Disrupts Filming as Clinic Traces On-Screen Sex Partners

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The approach includes federal and state mandates for condom use and giving health departments more resources and authority to investigate and control on-the-job exposure to infectious diseases. Coalition Executive Director William Smith warned that even if California's rules are remedied, the industry easily could relocate to other states, such as Colorado and Florida.

"This has to be more than a Whack-a-Mole approach," Smith said.

He said the coalition wants to engage the hospitality and cable TV industries in the campaign to make condom use standard in adult entertainment offerings. Because there's so much money generated by hotel video rentals, convincing hotel chains to offer only adult films where actors use condoms would exert financial pressure.

"The only way these production companies are going to get on board is to really feel the pain," he said

"No one is questioning their right to produce these films, to distribute these films and for anyone to enjoy these films, but we think this is a worker rights issue with profound public health implications," Smith said.

"NCSD and other concerned partners will work the workers' rights side of this, we will work the public health side of this and we will work the economic incentive side of this until we get a resolution."

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