You may have recently read articles at other blogs and sites asking Californians to vote no on Proposition 60 on November 8, 2016. I also recommend that you vote no for reasons I am about to outline. The person behind Proposition 60 is Michael Weinstein, the President of Los Angeles based AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Michael Weinstein has previously stated that condoms are more effective than Truvada, which when you look at a few facts and findings, you will discover that:
- Condoms are not FDA approved for anal intercourse, due to concerns they could tear more easily than vaginal intercourse.
- Truvada is a PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) daily pill that has been FDA approved since July 12, 2012 as an HIV preventative.
- According to a 2006 study of gay men, consistent condom use with anal sex was 76% effective in preventing new HIV infections.
- For individuals who take the seven Truvada PrEP recommended pills per week as directed, their estimated level of HIV protection is at 99%.
Please note that the above statistics specifically refer to HIV and not other STI’s, as Truvada can only help protect against HIV and nothing else. Michael Weinstein won’t budge from his stance on being pro-condom and anti-Truvada, even when it’s backed up by scientific evidence and numerous healthcare professionals. Michael Weinstein has previously referred to Truvada as a party drug, which indicates that he will not consider Truvada as an HIV prevention option.
The oldest known condom in existence made of animal membrane dates back to 1642. The first latex condom was released in 1929. Truvada was first approved as a treatment for HIV on August 2, 2004, then approved for use in HIV prevention on July 16, 2012. It seems that Michael Weinstein is unable to, or refuses to consider exploring the effectiveness of this scientific advancement in healthcare, preferring the 87 year old latex model, which is not even approved for anal sex and is considered less effective for HIV prevention than a more advanced option that is backed up by scientific evidence.
Michael Weinstein appears to have formed a firm opinion and he is not interested in considering any other options (even though he says he is), but what is more disturbing is the fact that he is forcing his pro-condom beliefs onto the Californian porn industry by creating a law that requires the use of condoms for anal and vaginal sex in adult films. What is important to note is that this law relates to Cal/OSHA Workplace Health and Safety regulations and not the general population. If this proposition is approved, it’s possible that further legislation could be expanded to other states, which appears to be a consideration based on Michael Weinstein’s crusade against the bareback porn industry.
If the majority of voters in California decide they agree with the mandatory use of condoms for anal and vaginal use in adult films on November 8, 2016, it means from this date that Californian based porn studios (gay and straight) or any porn filmed in California that is shared or made available for public viewing (amateur porn or webcams for example) cannot be bareback. The law is broadly written in a way that could implicate others (such as bareback porn bloggers), as they could be considered a “distributor” and gives a massive amount of power to one person – Michael Weinstein. This means that Brad Bare would need to stop showcasing bareback porn from California from November 8, 2016.
What is disappointing is the fact that Michael Weinstein is using over $4 million dollars to advertise and promote the yes vote campaign, when these funds could be spent more wisely for education and support programs. If Proposition 60 is successfully voted in, then further public funds from the state could be used to pursue legal cases, meaning Californians could have funds needed for essential services such as education, health and transport redirected towards litigation, not to mention the court system being overloaded with cases.
If Proposition 60 is approved, I will be forced to block anyone residing in California from accessing Brad Bare to circumvent frivolous complaints and if I cannot effectively achieve this due to technical limitations, then it may be necessary for me to block the entire United States from accessing Brad Bare or alternatively delete this blog altogether, which I don’t want to do. I hope that Proposition 60 gets rejected and I ask anyone in California or those of you who have friends, family or acquaintances there to vote no for Proposition 60. Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you want to learn more, you can read the article.
- Condom efficacy in anal sex
- Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Divide over HIV prevention drug Truvada persists
- FDA approves first drug for reducing the risk of sexually acquired HIV infection
- History of Condoms
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – The basics
- Truvada Approval History