Target: Vivid Entertainment and Califa Productions
Goal: Drop lawsuit against new law that requires adult film stars to wear condoms
In November of this past year, Los Angeles passed the Measure B law, which requires all members of the adult film industry to use condoms when they are shooting. Though the entertainers get tested regularly, the law greatly helps to prevent sexually transmitted infections like HIV, and encourages anyone watching the films to practice safe sex as well. Two major pornography companies, Vivid Entertainment and Califa Productions, have filed a lawsuit against LA County, saying that the law is unconstitutional and that people don’t want to view a sex scene that features condoms. However, over a million people in the U.S. currently live with HIV, and 1 in 5 is unaware of it. The health of adult film actors and the public should be put ahead of ratings. Urge these companies to drop the lawsuit against Measure B.
Though adult entertainers are tested regularly for HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia, the tests aren’t foolproof. There are still other infections that don’t get screened, and tests for HIV can present a false negative if performed too soon after contracting the virus. This poses a huge risk for those who think that they are safe because their partner was tested. Even with the tests, adult film stars sometimes contract HIV or other infections. In 2010 Derrick Burts tested positive for HIV, even though he claimed that his only sexual partners were others in the film industry and his girlfriend. Condom use could prevent this.
The pornography industry can have a big influence on others, too. People who watch the films may think that because the actors don’t wear protection, that they aren’t supposed to either. Whether people choose to use condoms to protect themselves is their own personal decision. However, the entertainment industry should set a good example when it comes to something as serious as transmitting diseases. Tell Vivid Entertainment and Califa Productions to consider the health of their employees and the influence they have on others.
Dear Vivid Entertainment and Califa Productions,
I am writing to urge you to reconsider your lawsuit against the Measure B law requiring adult film stars to wear protection while shooting. You argue that it is unconstitutional and prohibits freedom of expression. However, the content of the film is not being infringed upon; rather, a safety precaution has been added. Monthly tests are a great way to monitor sexually transmitted infections, but they are never 100 percent accurate. Using condoms protects the health of your employees. When a potential consequence is HIV, there is no reason to take any risks.
Over a million people in the U.S. currently have HIV, and 1 in 5 is unaware of it. The adult entertainment industry can have a major influence on anyone that watches their films. If someone constantly sees these actors having sexual encounters without any protection, they might think they should do that, too. But if wearing protection becomes the norm in these films, a viewer may consider using protection for his or her next encounter.
Please, drop the lawsuit against Measure B. If not for the health of your own employees, do it for the widespread influence you have on people across the nation. Just one person who contracts HIV has the power to set off a chain reaction. Do the right thing instead of putting your ratings first.
[Your Name Here]
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