LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In an op-ed published online today by the San Jose Mercury News1, Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner, a noted expert on sexually transmitted diseases, convincingly makes the case that California voters should approve Proposition 60 to protect adult film performers from STD and HIV infections.
Prop. 60 is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and it is on the November ballot in California. This measure would strengthen the ability of state health authorities to enforce existing law that requires that adult film performers wear condoms in explicit sex scenes to protect them from STDs and HIV. Adult film industry producers, not performers, are liable for failure to obey the condom law.
Prop. 60 was placed on the ballot through California’s initiative process, with 557,136 voters signing the petition asking that the measure be put to a vote of the people.
Dr. Klausner’s op-ed will appear in print editions of the Mercury News on Friday (Aug. 26). Here is the link to the op-ed as it also appears on the newspaper’s website.
Selected quotes from Dr. Klausner’s op-ed:
- “Proposition 60 is not about requiring condom use in adult films. Condom use is the law in California, and it is widely recognized as the gold standard for protecting against sexually transmitted diseases. The proposition actually seeks to make it easier for state officials to enforce existing workplace health and safety rules.”
- “Prop. 60 supporters believe California voters are compassionate and fair-minded. They will understand Prop. 60 is needed because performers deserve the same workplace safety rights enjoyed by nurses, construction workers, farmhands, truck drivers and workers in dozens of other professions.”
- “In recent years, Cal/OSHA, the state’s workplace safety watchdog, has energetically pursued film companies that disobey the condom rule. The agency has filed nearly two dozen legal cases against producers. But Cal/OSHA’s enforcement efforts have often been stymied by legal loopholes and the industry’s clever ruses. Prop. 60 will close those loopholes.”
- “The results of condomless sex in the workplace are serious. The rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among adult film performers are very high. Some STDs are incurable, some cause cancer. Multiple studies have found at least one in four adult film performers have an STD.”
Dr. Klausner is a professor of medicine and public health at UCLA. He is the former director of STD Prevention and Control at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He has also signed the ballot arguments for passage of Prop. 60.
Paid for by Yes on Prop. 60, For Adult Industry Responsibility (FAIR) committee, with major funding by AIDS Healthcare Foundation
1 And also set to appear in the hard copy of the Mercury News tomorrow, Friday, August 26, 2016