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AIDS Foundation Close to Getting Porn Condom Initiative on Ballot

AIDS Foundation Close to Getting Porn Condom Initiative on Ballot

A petition in California can mean big changes for porn watchers across the world, as an HIV/AIDS activist group says it has collected enough signatures to have an initiative requiring the use of condoms in the Los Angeles adult film industry on the next election ballot.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation sponsored initiative would force adult filmmakers seeking permits to shoot in the city to require performers to use condoms. The initiative would also add a fee to filmmakers to have the sets inspected by the city.

The foundation president, Michael Weinstein said the organization was able to collect more than 60,000 – far exceeding the 41,000 needed to put the measure on the ballot for the upcoming election in June.

“At present, there are laws and state statutes to protect adult performers—but there has been no real enforcement. We believe these performers deserve the health and safety protections already afforded them under existing law, and that all levels of government need to be involved in this workplace safety issue,” he said in a statement.

A representative from the Free Speech Coalition, an industry-lobbying group, told the Los Angeles Times, the industry is opposed to mandating the use of condoms.

Currently, the use of condoms is only mandatory in homosexual pornographic videos. Actors performing in heterosexual pornography are required to get tested for AIDS and other STDs every 30 days. In August the industry launched a new database for film producers and agents to access the test results of actors.

Not long after the database was launched an actor tested positive, shutting down the entire industry until all the actors screen partners were tested.

In 2009, a performer who tested positive sparked a legal battle between the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health and the AIM Medical Associates, an organization that tests erotic actors for STDs.

“To date, the City of Los Angeles and the City Council have been unwilling or unable to put forth a motion tying adult film permits to condom use in the productions, or County, to enforce state statutes,” Weinstein said. “This is why we have spearheaded this ballot initiative: so the people—the voters in Los Angeles—may decide on this important health and safety issue affecting adult film performers.”

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