L.A. law requiring condoms on porn shoots goes into effect

The controversial and groundbreaking law mandating all adult film actors in Los Angeles to wear condoms while participating in on-screen sex went into effect Monday, March 5. However, the battle surrounding the legislation is far from over, with other counties eying similar bans, and the pornography industry threatening to relocate in order to evade the requirement.

According to The Associated Press, in January Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the law requiring adult film actors to practice safer sex by using condoms at all times on the set. The legislation, which aims to reduce the transmission of STDs among pornography actors, was brought about largely due to the support of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

According to the news source, many adult film production companies have threatened to take their business elsewhere and shoot in states with laws that are more lax. Currently around 90 percent of U.S. adult films are shot in Los Angeles, primarily in the suburban area of San Fernando Valley.

Meanwhile, back in California, some residents of Simi Valley, another suburban community near L.A., are concerned that the legislation in Los Angeles County will bring adult film shoots into their quiet neighborhood. Some lawmakers in the valley are now pushing for a similar measure to keep the adult film industry out.

"The bottom line is we don't want to be known as the porn capital of the world," said Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The argument over sexually transmitted infections and condoms in the porn industry comes after an adult film actor, Derrick Burts, was diagnosed with HIV in October 2010. An STD testing clinic informed Burts that he had contracted the illness from another adult film actor, according to CBS News. However, there have been some questions as to whether he picked up the illness while on a film shoot or during a non-filmed encounter with the actor.

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