Sherman Oaks-Based Porn Industry Health Clinic Shut Down By State And L.A. County Officials

By Dennis Romero, Thu., Dec. 9 2010 @ 4:24PM

Updated after the jump with information about another porn industry STD testing operation. First posted at 11:51 a.m.
The porn industry’s health-care clinic was shut down Thursday morning by state and county officials, a spokesman for California Department of Public Health told the Weekly.

The Adult Industry Healthcare Foundation’s clinic was served with a cease and desist order and Los Angeles County authorities shut it down, said state public health spokesman Al Lundeen.

The clinic served as the industry’s de facto STD testing service and without it it’s hard to fathom how porn production will go on this week. Continue reading

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Sex workers, governments and UN join hands to boost AIDS response in Asia-Pacific region

PATTAYA, Thailand, 15 October 2010 – At the first-ever Asia-Pacific consultation on HIV and sex work, sex workers, government officials and United Nations participants emphasized the need for urgent action to increase focus and positioning of sex work within HIV responses in the region.

Close to 150 delegates from eight countries (China, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Thailand) met in Pattaya, Thailand, to form partnerships and review policies and laws that keep sex workers from accessing HIV services and sexual and reproductive health services.

“Sex work interventions must be central to scaling up the HIV response, and listening to sex workers is crucial,” said Jan Beagle, Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) who spoke at the consultation. “Sex workers experience firsthand the effects of laws and harmful enforcement practices that violate their human rights and hamper progress on HIV,” he said. Continue reading

CalOSHA Sez: Almost All Adult Movies Are Non-Compliant

Posted Jun 29th, 2010 06:07 PM by Mark Kernes

LOS ANGELES—Those who showed up at the Cal/OSHA Advisory Meeting on Bloodborne Pathogens in the Adult Film Industry today expecting a discussion of whether condoms should be mandated in adult movies were in for a surprise: According to both Cal/OSHA inspector Deborah Gold and agency attorney Amy Martin, condoms are already required for sex scenes, and any production that doesn’t use them is breaking the law.

“I’d just like to make something very clear,” Gold said at one point. “Right now, the standard mandates the use of condoms, so people who have come here and think that we’re arguing about whether we’re going to mandate the use of condoms need to understand that the current status quo is Continue reading

India: Neither Victims Nor Voiceless: Sex Workers Speaking for Themselves

By Audacia Ray, RH Reality Check.
Posted January 12, 2010.

Painting a portrait of people in the sex industry as victims without voices only perpetuates their disempowerment.

Since becoming a part of the U.S. sex worker rights movement five years ago, talking about contentious issues concerning bodies, labor, money, and rights has very much become my calling. In the past year alone, I’ve been quoted on CNN about the value of virginity, talked about South Carolina’s Governor Mark Sanford on WNYC’s The Takeaway, and admonished the Boston Herald for its slurs toward sex workers. Suffice to say, I give my opinion freely and often loudly.

I thought I knew a lot about sex work, rights, and organizing when, in September, I set off for two weeks in India with my colleague Khushbu Srivastava, Program Officer for Asia at the International Women’s Health Coalition. But as much as I am accustomed to being an “expert,” I quickly realized that I knew next to nothing about the nuances of Indian culture and the dynamics of the local struggle for sexual rights and reproductive health. While there are many things that I learned Continue reading

U.S. travel ban on HIV/AIDS ends Monday

By Tony Romm – 01/04/10 09:12 AM ET

A 22-year-old immigration ban preventing those with HIV/AIDS from entering the United States ended on Monday.

President Barack Obama announced he would eliminate that ban in October, a step he said could “encourage people to get tested and get treatment.”

Until this morning, the United States was only one of about 12 countries to even impose such a travel ban, established in the 1980s when fears about HIV/AIDS were most intense.

“We talk about reducing the stigma of this disease, yet we’ve treated a visitor living with it as a threat,” Obama said in May, according to CNN. “If we want to be the global leader in combating HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it.”

The move arrives as the United States prepares to host the World Aids Conference in 2012. The previous travel ban would have severely complicated the White House’s ability to participate in the annual forum.

Source:
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/74157-us-travel-ban-on-hivaids-ends-monday

Lessons from a Mexican Brothel

by Patty Kelly on June 16, 2009

On a chilly March morning, my friend Abraham and I head out by car from Washington, D.C. to rural Virginia to do some exploring. Visiting from Mexico City, Abraham has been to New York City many times. But large cities can give a visitor the wrong idea about a nation and I’m taking Abraham to see another side of America. We drive the curving wooded roads, passing dilapidated junk stores and the occasional farm stand. There is honey, fireworks, giant hams, rusty old cast iron pans, T-shirts bearing images of howling wolves and Native Americans. But for Abraham, trying to get a grasp on this America, something is missing from the rural setting and he asks in all innocence, “Where are the brothels?” Continue reading

Older Stories: Nairobi: Prostitutes from the slum may hold key to Aids cure

David Orr- Nairobi
Thursday, 23 January 1997

Monica Marwa is a 25-year-old prostitute living in the notorious Majengo slum on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. She charges between 30 and 50 Kenyan shillings (between 33 and 55 pence) for sex. There is nothing extraordinary about her line of work nor about her fees – it is estimated that more than half of the women in Majengo sell their bodies for such paltry rewards.

What is surprising is that, despite years of unprotected sex and exposure to the HIV virus, Monica seems to be immune to Aids.

Hers is one of some 40 similar cases in Majengo which scientists believe could hold the key to an Aids cure. In a programme bringing together the University of Nairobi with Oxford University and two universities in North America, researchers are mapping the genes of Majengo’s HIV-resistant women in an effort to discover what it is that protects them from infection. Continue reading