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Bareback Studio Treasure Island Fined $21k For Not Using Condoms

Treasure Island Media, the California porn studio that specializes in bareback flicks like Breeding Season 2 and Dawson’s 20 Load Weekend, cannot simply claim it warns performers of the risks of HIV transmission by having sex without condoms, says the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA). Which is why it fined Treasure Island $21,470, issuing three citations after a five-month study that concluded the studio violated workplace safety standards. Basically, it traffics in condom-free porn, and that’s not safe.

How OSHA found only three instances worth noting is beyond me, since a quick look at the studio’s website (seriously NSFW) blatantly shows condomless sex for sale, but agency’s 23-page report says the porn outfit “had failed to write or otherwise establish, implement and maintain an effective exposure control plan. Employees were exposed to semen and other potentially infectious materials, due to work activities during filming and set cleaning.” Further, notes XBIZ Treasure Island “does not observe universal precautions during the production of their films. They have not instituted engineering and work practices controls to eliminate or minimize contact with blood and semen, including, but not limited to, the use of barrier protection such as condoms.”

Either way, Treasure Island is appealing the fines.