Four porn performers have tested positive for HIV in the past month, driving the adult film industry to shut down all production indefinitely. As the Cali-based studios struggle to survive the dry period—and as a nation's men attempt to cope with just the 8,248 years of material left online—California state legislators finally ruled on AB 640, a highly publicized measure that would have required male performers state-wide to wear condoms while filming scenes. The bill also would have mandated that producers provide medical testing and training. (Which the vast majority already do.) The lawmakers rejected the bill.
BroBible has been on top (sorry) of the issue since its conception (sorry), asking starlets Jessie Rodgers and Kayden Kross to weigh in with their opposing viewpoints on the bill. Kayden lobbied against it, writing, "Six years I’ve been doing this with a perfect testing record. The system has worked for me. And in that time, yes, performers have caught gonorrhea. They have caught chlamydia. When this has happened they have taken antibiotics and a week off and then returned to work, good as new. They have not caught HIV. Not a single case of HIV has been transmitted on one of our porn sets in the entire time I’ve been in this industry, and some years before that. Not one fucking case."
(This was written before the recent HIV spate, but her words hold up: Reportedly, none of the four performers transmitted the virus on set. Two were a couple off-screen.)
Rodgers took a different route, saying that lackluster regulation had negatively affected her health: "I don’t get why an industry that makes more than all professional sports combined is exempt from regulation. It doesn’t make sense, but I guess it makes dollars. I don't think it's just that people think putting the idea of a 'fantasy' without condoms trumps someone's health. I wish there was a law like AB-332 when I did adult films, which wasn’t too long ago, because I would have been protected and would have never contracted herpes, which I have for the rest of my life now."
Of course, porn is not stuck in California. If AB 640 had passed, studios could have easily moved to other places more receptive to their line of work, like—just lobbing a dart at a map right now—Las Vegas? But there is a possibility that a future, more sex-conscious U.S. Congress might take up the issue, so don't be too surprised in two decades when every performer in the country wraps it up.
But yeah: We'll all have sex robots by then. So whateva.