Date Published: June 26, 2007
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Partial Text: When most people think about the adult film industry it’s likely that few have in mind the rights of workers within this industry. A paper in this month’s issue of PLoS Medicine , however, takes just that point of view and concludes that the time has come for this highly profitable industry to self-regulate, and specifically to address the issue of the health of its workers. The workers whose health most needs to be protected are not those who operate the cameras or build the sets; it’s the actors and actresses who run the biggest risks every day in their working lives. Infection with HIV is perhaps the most obvious and most alarming risk of this profession, but adult film performers also risk infection with other sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia and gonorrhea . As the authors conclude, “Unfortunately, the growing popularity of adult film has not translated into safer working conditions for performers. It is unethical for industry executives, legislators, and consumers to continue to enjoy the profits, tax revenues, and gratification of adult film without ensuring the safety of performers” .