BBC News - 24 January 2012
Actors making pornographic movies in Los Angeles will be required
to use condoms while filming, under a new law signed by the city
The new regulation has been welcomed by health officials but
pornography industry leaders say it could force them to abandon
LA's San Fernando Valley is considered the capital of the
multibillion-dollar US adult film industry.
Correspondents say it is not yet clear how the new law will be
The LA-based Aids Healthcare Foundation welcomed the move saying
it was crucial in protecting adult film actors from HIV and other
sexually transmitted diseases.
The foundation, which has campaigned for the measure for six
years, said it would now seek similar condom requirement
elsewhere in the US.
"The city of Los Angeles has done the right thing. They've done
the right thing for the performers," said foundation president
He said his group would also be vigilant in keeping track of
where porn producers might move to.
Several of the industry's biggest adult filmmakers have said they
might consider moving just outside city boundaries.
They insist that adult films featuring condoms are not as popular
and that some actors prefer not to use them.
The new law was signed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
The city council has now asked the police, city attorney's office
and workplace safety officials to figure out how they enforce the
rule, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Industry experts estimate as many as 90% of all pornographic
films produced in the US are made in Los Angeles.
Last year, pornographic film productions across the US were
temporarily shut down after an adult film performer tested
positive for HIV - the virus that causes Aids.