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Occupational Health Watch: March 2015

HIV Transmission in the Adult Film Industry

film-reel-graphicAdult entertainment actors should not rely only on HIV testing to prevent them from getting HIV. This was a key finding by the Occupational Health Branch after investigating whether a male adult entertainment actor transmitted HIV to another actor as a result of unprotected sex during a film shoot.

In collaboration with the CDPH Office of AIDS and the Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch, OHB has created a health alert that discusses the case and provides the following prevention points for adult entertainment actors:

  • Always use condoms
  • Get tested frequently for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Consider HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

The alert is available at Occupational HIV Transmission in the Adult Entertainment Film Industry.


Occupational HIV Transmission in the Adult Entertainment Film Industry (PDF) - OHB health alert

Vital Information for Workers and Employers in the Adult Film Industry - Cal/OSHA web page

Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Fact Sheet (PDF) - Federal OSHA web page

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Guidelines - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page

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