January 25, 2012

Condoms Now Mandatory in L.A. Porn Shoots

condoms mandated on porn shoots requiring permits in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is now the first city in the nation that requires performers to use condoms while shooting porn in areas that require permits. The Mayor signed the ordinance pushed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation on Monday. The law will go into effect 41 days after the City Clerk posts the ordinance publicly.

You can read the complete coverage about this on the LA Weekly. But for those of you who prefer the simple version, here’s a summary:

– The ordinance claims the adult industry is responsible for the ongoing epidemic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles.

- This measure is tied to the acquisition of permits, so only performers who are shooting outside a certified sound stage are required to use condoms in scenes with vaginal or anal penetration.

- The ordinance makes no mention of protection during oral.

- The ordinance makes no mention of testing.

- Enforcement costs will be covered using the money filmmakers pay for permits. There is no mention of what entity will be enforcing condom use at shoots. The office of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has doubts about the ability of the strapped Los Angeles Police Department to take this role and county health officials have raised concerns about regulating the industry through the Department of Public Health.

- The AHF plans to take condom enforcement to the county as a work-place license so that no matter where the shooting is happening or whether it requires a permit, all performers will have to use protection. In the meantime, they are talking with the mayor of Simi Valley, hoping they will adopt the L.A. ordinance. Other plans include taking the measure to San Francisco. AHF has vowed to follow the industry wherever it goes.

Read the ordinance yourself here.

Image of condoms by Robert Elyov, image of Jessica Janson from her collection.

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