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Los Angeles to porn industry: Use condoms or else

By Sean Fraser     Jan 18, 2012 in Health
Los Angeles - A new L.A. city ordinance could deny pornographers a filming permit unless condoms are used, and the porn industry could be saying goodbye to its California home.
The Los Angeles city council voted 9-1 in favor of the mandatory condom ordinance on Tuesday, and the adult entertainment industry is already up in arms. According to USA Today, the city would deny filming permits to pornographers unless condom use was mandatory, but industry experts are claiming that the new law would take a big chunk of profits out of the already struggling business.
In the article, Vivid Entertainment's co-founder Steven Hirsch calls the city's bluff, stating that "it's going to be interesting to see how in fact they do try to enforce it and who's going to fund it, and all of the time and effort they're going to spend."
Adult Video News senior editor Mark Kernes claims that the ordinance will weaken the industry's profitability, which has taken a massive hit from the recession the availability of free porn online.
However, Ged Kenslea, the spokesperson for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, made it clear that the mandatory condom law has been in effect for some time now, but the lack of enforcement has made it negligible. Kenslea is quoted in the USA Today article as saying,"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."
The adult entertainment industry has had its share of scares in recent years. In August 2011, several studios closed down due to an actor testing positive for HIV. The L.A. Times reported in June 2009 that over 16 porn stars had been diagnosed with HIV between 2004 and 2008 and the test results were not released to the public.
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