from www.latimes.com – Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said Monday that the syphilis cluster shows that adult film companies are incapable of policing themselves.
His group said the syphilis incident would be used as part of the campaign for Measure B, a proposal on the Nov. 6 countywide ballot mandating the use of condoms during professional X-rated shoots.
Measure B would require adult production companies to use condoms and other protective devices and shields to thwart blood or other potentially infectious materials.
Weinstein also called on Los Angeles County Public Health officials to start shutting down shoots that aren’t complying with current laws.
“The Public Health department has unlimited power,” he said. “But so far, the Health Department has been lax.”
Weinstein called the possible cluster of syphilis a “general public health concern” and that for the past two years there was an 18 percent increase in syphilis cases nationwide.