That’s a wrap: Petition to require condoms in porn receives thousands of signatures

Voters in California may soon be able to decide whether or not the state's pornography industry will be required by law to have their actors wear condoms during film shoots. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has announced that it collected enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Should it pass, adult filmmakers who shoot within the city of Los Angeles will have to require performers to use condoms as well as pay a fee for inspections of film sets. Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, told the news source that his group was able to collect a total of 64,000 signatures, far more than the 41,000 needed.

"We had a very easy time getting these signatures," Weinstein told the news outlet. "[Support cut] across lines – Democrat and Republican, men and women. Everyone understood this was an issue of worker protection."

The initiative has also received the support of Darren James, a former actor in adult films who contracted HIV in 2004. He told the media outlet that he once thought that mandatory STD testing was enough, but that his situation taught him that an extra barrier may be necessary.

The latest development in this ongoing struggle comes on the heels of World Aids Day, which took place on December 1. On that day, political leaders, celebrities and sexual health experts joined together to discuss the HIV/AIDS epidemic and ways to work toward disease prevention and awareness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released statistics just before World AIDS Day that found 20 percent of infected people are not aware that they are carriers of the illness.

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