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Los Angeles porn stars must wear condoms

City Council vote 9-1 in approval of law requiring condom use by porn peformers, gay and straight

Los Angeles porn stars must wear condoms

Producers of adult movies in Los Angeles could be denied film permits if they do not comply with a new condom requirement after the LA city council voted 9-1 in approval of the local ordinance.

The decision is viewed as a serious blow to the city's porn industry but is also being hailed as a success by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Michael Weinstein, president of the foundation said: 'It's a great day for the performers and safer sex in our society.'

'This is the first legislative body to take up the issue, and the near unanimous support is very gratifying.'

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation gathered 70,000 signatures from LA voters for its City of Los Angeles Safer Sex In The Adult Film Industry Act petition and is now qualified to be placed on the June 2012 election.

If passed, the law will protect performers from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV and gonorrhea.

Ged Kenslea, spokesman for the foundatin explains that there are already precautionary measures in place, but they are not being strictly enforced: 'Condom use on adult film sets is, and has been, the law in California under blood-borne pathogens regulations.

'This film permit ordinance that the city council approved today provides another enforcement mechanism to make sure that adult film producers are complying with existing California law.'

Steven Hirsch, co-founder and co-chairman of adult video production company Vivid is criticle of the proposed law saying: 'Ultimately I think what they will find is people will just stop shooting in the city of Los Angeles'.

Many worry that the law could drive film production underground and potentially cause a greater threat to the health of porn actors.

Adult film performer Nina Hartley told the LA Times: 'It would be a disaster for performer safety, since it would destroy any hope of maintaining a centralized testing system that connects all performers.'

Approximately 90% of American porn films are produced in LA, with the majority of them being made in the Sand Fernando Valley. In total, the adult entertainment industry brings in around $8billion (€6.2billion) in revenue.


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