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Can the Adult Film Industry Lead the Way on HIV?

Peter Acworth | Posted 02.02.2015 | San Francisco
Peter Acworth

Last week, Michael Weinstein of the controversial AIDS Healthcare Foundation, launched an attack on the CDC, over the it's endorsement of PrEP drugs. He published an open letter entitled "What If You Are Wrong About PrEP?" I have to ask Mr. Weinstein: What if you are wrong about the adult film industry?

Prominent HIV/AIDS Organizations Oppose California's A.B. 1576

Eric Paul Leue | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric Paul Leue

Let's be honest: The intentions of California's A.B. 1576 are, at best, unclear. While mandatory STI testing threatens privacy and individual rights of adult film performers, it is doubtful that enforcing outdated prevention efforts onto performers and productions will do any good for anyone.

PrEP Yourself: Making Better Sense of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Debate

Daniel O'Neill | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel O'Neill

Fighting amongst ourselves does nothing to advance the discussion and bring greater clarity to ending HIV. MIchael Weinstein's comments about Truvada being a "party drug" may have been flippant and imprecise, but in that sense he is no guiltier than those who flatly promote PrEP as "90- to 99-percent effective" without clarifying that such rates of risk reduction are hypothetical.

Why I Started a Petition to Remove the Head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Eric Paul Leue | Posted 06.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric Paul Leue

I have nothing against Weinstein as a person, nor do I mean to devalue his past achievements or the AHF in general. I simply question his role as a leader of an HIV organization and as an influential public figure on HIV issues.

One Year Later

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

The pretty blonde with no name answers the door wearing scarlet lip gloss and an innocent smile. She'd called the pizza man only a few minutes before...

State Condoms In Porn Bill Fails

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 11.14.2013 | Los Angeles

Within weeks after several porn performers tested positive for HIV, a bill to require adult film actors throughout California to use condoms when shoo...

This Banana Is Smarter Than Florida's Porn Laws

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 11.04.2013 | Miami

MIAMI — A health organization that successfully pushed for a Los Angeles County law mandating condom use in the adult film industry has filed a ...

Rumors Of Another Syphilis Case In Porn Industry

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 10.06.2013 | Los Angeles

Amid rumors of a new syphilis case in the adult film industry, Los Angeles County health officials said Monday they have not received any official rep...

Anna Almendrala

More Fatal Bacterial Meningitis Cases Uncovered | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.18.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles public health officials Wednesday began offering free bacterial meningitis vaccinations to low-income and uninsured residen...


Posted 03.19.2013 | Los Angeles

Watch out for the condom police. A porn production company appears to be the first to be targeted for allegedly violating LA county's mandatory condom...

'Thrift Shop' Parody Video for AIDS Awareness Is a Game-Changer

Lori Yeghiayan Friedman | Posted 05.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Lori Yeghiayan Friedman

Why try to tackle such a serious subject as HIV and AIDS through such a light-hearted medium? 2013-03-12-lathriftshotpull.jpg

Andrew Christian Embarks On 'New Sexual Revolution'

Michael Kleinmann | Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Kleinmann

If you know anything about Andrew Christian underwear, you know that their promotional videos are risqué, their models are hot, and the brand is synonymous with sex. Having proven that sex really does sell, the brand is now trying to prove that safer sex sells, too.

This Valentine's Day, Empower All Women Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.14.2013 | Impact

Americans will spend an average of $13.2 billion (or about 110 million goats) on making girls in love (or like, or whatever) swoon on Valentine’s Da...

Is $33,000 Too Much for a Life-Saving Drug?

Toshio Meronek | Posted 02.25.2013 | San Francisco
Toshio Meronek

People who have HIV/AIDS are able to live longer than ever before, but only if they can get their hands on the drugs. AIDS is still very much a crisis. ACT UP SF is calling for free meds for low-income people, more affordable meds for everyone, and more transparency.

'This Is The Biggest Threat I've Seen To The Industry'

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 03.04.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The show must go on, is the entertainer's credo, and it did just that in the nation's Porn Capital even after Los Angeles County voted ...

The Numbers Don't Add Up On Measure B

Alex Garner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Alex Garner

Measure B, an L.A. County ballot initiative that would require that condoms be used in porn films shot in the county, comes with a hefty price tag for taxpayers, is full of loopholes, is largely unenforceable and draws resources away from the communities that are most affected by HIV.

Porn's Biggest Enemy?

San Bernardino County Sun, Calif. | Susan Abram | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

NORTH HOLLYWOOD -- They expose their flesh for the sake of sexual fantasy. But on Sunday, actors from the adult film industry held a rally to remind ...

This Year's 'Only-In-LA' Ballot Measure

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 12.26.2012 | Los Angeles

In an only-in-L.A. moment, Los Angeles County voters will decide on Election Day if adult-film actors should wear condoms while shooting pornographic ...

Advocacy Group Rips Porn Industry Over Syphilis Outbreak

Reuters | Posted 10.21.2012 | Los Angeles

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Aug 21 (Reuters) - A porn industry trade group has announced a U.S. moratorium on producti...

Activists Boycott Hershey Candy To Support HIV-Positive Teen Rejected From School

AP | PETER JACKSON | Posted 04.06.2012 | Education

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Amid the Easter weekend surge in candy sales, AIDS activists Friday stepped up their calls for a boycott of Hershey candy to protes...

FACE OFF: Two Experts Debate Condoms In Porn Controversy

Posted 03.08.2012 | Los Angeles

In August of 2011, the adult film industry in Southern California voluntarily shut down production when a performer tested positive for HIV. Less t...

First The City, Now The County

AP | Posted 02.28.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Supporters of a measure requiring adult film actors to wear condoms on shoots in Los Angeles County say they've already collected most ...

IT'S OFFICIAL: Condoms Are Now Required In Porn

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 03.25.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Actors in adult movies filmed in Los Angeles will be required to use condoms under an ordinance signed into law by Mayor Antonio V...

Ron Jeremy On Condoms In Porn: 'It Ruins The Fantasy'

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.19.2012 | Los Angeles

In light of a Los Angeles City ordinance that would make condoms mandatory in pornographic films, porn stars are speaking out, and producers are threa...

Bareback Mountain... Out of a Molehill

David Groshoff | Posted 03.06.2012 | Gay Voices
David Groshoff

Apparently, the self-described "largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S.," the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, wants to lead us back to the days of Bowers v. Hardwick. AHF wants to criminalize for-profit videos depicting unprotected sex.