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Law requiring condoms on porn shoots takes effect Monday

March 4, 2012 | 10:25 am

AID Healthcare Foundation protest

A new city ordinance requiring porn actors to wear condoms during filming takes effect Monday. 

The Los Angeles City Council approved the ordinance in January, following several high-profile instances of porn performers becoming infected by HIV. The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been advocating for the public health measure for years.

The ordinance is believed to be the first of its kind. It requires adult film producers, when seeking a filming permit in the city of Los Angeles, to have actors use condoms. The porn production companies, which are largely based in the San Fernando Valley, opposed the ordinance.

Although the new law becomes official Monday, the city is still ironing out details on its implementation.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is now collecting signatures for a countywide initiative, said President Michael Weinstein. "This is definitely a milestone in this long battle for safety in adult films, but we still have a long way to go," he said.

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Photo: The AIDS Healthcare Foundation holds a protest in February near the L.A. site of an adult film awards show. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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