OK lets say that you are tasked with deciding what decisions to make for your child. When he rides his bicycle he doesn’t want to wear his helmet because it feels better to not wear it, you are his parent and you understand the safety issues involved, you know that eventually he will wreck you don’t want that wreck to cause brain damage, what do you do?
Now lets say that you are charged with rules and regulations and to protect porn performers in the best and most practical way possible. On the one hand you have performers (mostly males) and consumers who tell you that they don’t like to see condoms in the sex scenes, on the other you have epidemic proportions of Hepatitis, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis and venereal warts affecting the very people you are sworn to represent.
The Free Speech Coalition, that represents producers of porn has a two point plan to make porn safer for performers. First they want to administer a weekly injection of Doxycycline to all performers, second they want to maintain the two week testing plan that have been using for quite sometime. The antibiotic injection is used to prevent spreading of many of the above mentioned STDS.
You only other choice is to support the plan put forth by OSHA, that plan is condoms for vaginal and anal sex. That plan does NOT include dental dams or goggles, we have to be honest here because this is the reality of it, dental dams and goggles are NOT going to be required, that is stated specifically by OSHA.
Condoms provide nearly complete protection against infection caused by contact with genital and rectal secretions. Studies show that condom failure rates are 1 to 5 percent, and that most condom failures can be reduced or eliminated by proper training and awareness.
abrasion (a problem cited by the petitioner) can be reduced or avoided by using appropriate lubrication, using condoms made from materials other than latex, and other methods.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
a. Testing cannot identify infection in the first 2 to 3 weeks.
b. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP, or Truvada) — adherence to the protocol for using PrEP
usually cannot be fully overseen by an employer, and partial adherence reduces protection proportionately. The manufacturer of Truvada further recommends that condoms
continue to be used to maximize the effectiveness of the drug.
Treatment as Prevention
(TasP) — adherence to the protocol for using TasP usually cannot be fully overseen by an employer. One study showed that the use of TasP only reduced HIV transmission by 26 percent.
a. Hepatitis B testing cannot identify infection in the first 4 to 9 weeks, and blood test results
take 14 days to be available after the blood is drawn. The hepatitis B vaccination becomes fully effective only after several months. Some individuals do not respond to the vaccine. (Note: The Bloodborne Pathogens standard already requires employers to make this vaccine and vaccination series available, in addition to requiring the employer to provide protective barriers. See subsection (f) of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard.)
b. Hepatitis C testing cannot identify infection in the first 2 to 8 weeks. No vaccine exists for
a. Gonorrhea urine and swab tests cannot identify infection in the first 24 hours to 7 days after
exposure, and the false negative rate is as high as 9 percent.
b. Chlamydia urine test cannot identify infection in the first 2 to 7 days, and the false negative
rate depends on the testing methods used. The most sensitive tests (nucleic acid amplification tests) are more than 99 percent sensitive on specimens taken by endocervical swab; that is, the false negative rate is about 0.5 percent. However, other testing methods and swab specimens taken from other sources, such as the oropharynx and rectum, have false negative rates in the range of 10 to 30 percent.
c. Trichomoniasis testing cannot identify infection in the first 4 to 28 days, and the false
negative rate is approximately 20 percent.
Regarding concerns expressed over the privacy of employees’ medical records, the existing Bloodborne
Pathogens standard requires employers to ensure that employee medical records are kept confidential and not disclosed or reported without the employee’s express written consent to any person within or outside the workplace except as specifically required by the standard or required by law. (See California Code of Regulations, title 8, subsection 5193(h)(1)(C).)
If you have read this far you are taking this seriously, good because you have to, you have been entrusted with the decision to do what you believe is in the BEST INTEREST of your constituents not what is popular, not what uneducated people or people with a vested financial interest want you to do, your integrity is on the line to do what is BEST.
You wish you could have been around for the formation of these rules because you you think do have better ideas, but that is not the case so at this point you are left with the choice to support one side or the other.
You know in your heart what it is you have to do, you know what is right. You could do the wrong thing and maybe increase your popularity, just as you would if you told that child he didn’t have to wear a helmet. But what happens when the inevitable happens and someone gets harmed very badly, or even dies, you are going to feel pretty bad about the decision you made that you knew to be wrong, you sold out the people you were sworn to make the best decisions you could because it would be more popular.
When you visit that child in the hospital and know that your decision is going to result in him never being able to care for himself, his quality of life is forever changed, all because it made him happy and against your better judgement you chose that over safety.
This is real y’all and this is exactly how it is with Prop 60. You believe that in the long run you can change things to make them better but right now you have only 2 choices.
I don’t care who you are, a performer, a fan, a director or the Leader of The Free Speech Coalition the choice comes down to what is more important, the health and safety of performers or your desire to make money or to think you will have a better orgasm. If you don’t see performers as human beings who have no value to society or anywhere else then it’s pretty easy, you don’t care if they die, another will be along in her/his place tomorrow.
But that isn’t you. You love performers because you identify with them because at one time you were one, just like you were a kid that didn’t want to wear her helmet when riding her bicycle. You made a promise to these performers that you would promote their health and safety above all else, including money.
Such was the choice that Phyllisha Anne was faced with when she as a person (not the Union) made the decision to support Prop 60. It is the kind of choice that leaders have to make all the time. Some do better jobs of it than others. Some regret the choice they made. Phyllisha chose to do what was right, that is the kind of choice you expect from a leader. I expect that the Performers Union will follow suit and or issue a statement on where they do stand and why.
But if you get right down to it and toss aside personal preferences and money it really isn’t that tough of a choice. The rules can be improved but right now, it is what it is, as they say.
If you can explain to me how and why you would disagree I would love to hear it, I will post it with no comments from me. I am searching for justification to support The FSC proposal
Finally I spoke with my contact at Cal-OSHA who made it VERY clear that the wild west days of porn are over, and that porn companies will play by the rules in regard to performer safety or they will be out of business. He further explained why moving to (pick your state) won’t help. “These standards are federal OSHA standards and use of barrier protection IS the federal standard and no state may have a standard that is lower than the federal standard, what the FSC has proposed is significantly lower. This is now a priority for OSHA, it isn’t going away, you will comply or we will hurt you financially way more than using condoms would….WAY more.
added note: I know that the Union is experiencing some growing pains, they are to be expected, I support performers looking out for themselves. and i trust that they will make the union what it should be