Follow us on Twitter @PornValleyMedia – Send email to: – WHAT ARE THE ADS ABOUT? A pair of television ads are airing in support of Proposition 60, which would require adult film performers to use condoms during the filming of sexual intercourse.

WHO IS FUNDING THE ADS? The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that has advocated for condom mandates for the porn industry, including one approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2012. Founded by longtime AIDS activist Michael Weinstein, the foundation has collected more than $4.6 million for the campaign, eclipsing opponents, who have raised $535,000.

WHAT DO THE ADS SAY? The ads feature two former adult film performers who say they contracted HIV while working in the industry. The ads say that current law — realitycheck-half-truesupported by “all major medical groups” — requires condom use but it’s not enforced. It says that opponents of Prop. 60 are lying when they say performers can be sued. The ad also contends that thousands of adult film performers contract serious diseases by having unprotected sex on the set.

ARE THE ADS TRUE? Only partially — and they’re misleading. On-set transmission of HIV is very rare, with the most recent case reported in Nevada in 2014. It’s also been a matter of dispute whether the two former porn performers in the ads contracted the virus while filming.

It’s true that current Cal/OSHA regulations related to bodily fluids and protective barriers normally used for healthcare workers have been applied to porn, but earlier this year agency officials declined to issue rules specifically mentioning condoms and adult films.

While condom use in porn is widely supported by medical groups, the proposition doesn’t have the backing of the powerful California Medical Association, which threatened to sue the campaign for implying it supports Prop. 60. And other medical groups have come out against the measure because it could result in lawsuits that would violate the privacy of film performers.

The accusation of Prop. 60 opponents lying about who can be sued is itself a lie. Under the proposition, performers could be sued if they are also considered producers of the product — something that’s common in an overwhelmingly internet-based industry.

While HIV transmission is rare among those in the porn industry, it’s true that studies have found that the rates of other STDs — such as chlamydia and gonorrhea — are much higher among adult film performers than for people in the same age group outside the industry.