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Wednesday
Jan112012

L.A. Votes to Mandate Condom Use in Porn

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles city lawmakers voted Tuesday 11-to-1 to require condoms for people who work in the City of Angel’s prolific porn industry.

If the preliminary ordinance is confirmed, porn stars must wear proper protection and film companies will have to pay a fee to cover the costs of enforcement and inspections.

The council also plans to gather a group from local law enforcement, workplace agencies and the city attorney’s office to decide on how to implement the new regulation.

The issue came up last month when the AIDS Healthcare Foundation collected more than 70,000 signatures (41,000 were needed to have the measured considered) to propose a citywide vote, or a decision from the city council, on mandatory condom use.

Existing rules required porn stars to test negative for HIV and other STDs within 30 days of filming. Many people argued that such standards were not enough, especially because HIV often does not show up in tests until months after a person contracts the virus.

Many people in the adult entertainment industry argued that mandatory condom use would destroy the fantasy associated with pornography.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec282011

Mandatory Condom Use for Porn Stars?

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles residents may soon vote on whether condom use should be mandatory in the City of Angels’ prolific porn industry.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an organization that spearheaded the proposal, collected more than 70,000 signatures which were certified by the city clerk on Tuesday. The number of signatures is far more than the 41,000 needed to have the issue considered for city voting.

Under current law, porn stars must test negative for HIV and other STDs within 30 days of filming. Many argue that even the current law should be modified because HIV often does not show up in tests until months after a person contracts the virus.

Many in the adult entertainment industry argue that mandatory condom use would destroy the fantasy associated with pornography.

While LA residents would vote on the issue during the presidential primary in June, the Los Angeles Times reported that the proposal still faces legal challenges. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich filed court documents earlier this month that said the state, not the city, has the only legal authority to impose condom use on porn sets.

But Ellen Widess, head of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said the proposal is a legal possibility.

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