Condom Rule Sought for Sex-Film Sets

From The New York Times:

February 9, 2011

LOS ANGELES — The clinic that for the last decade had monitored the health of those working in the multibillion-dollar pornography industry abruptly shut its doors in December.

Now Los Angeles has moved to fill that role.

Last week, city lawmakers voted unanimously to draft an ordinance that would require condoms to be used on the set of every pornographic movie made here.

The sudden closing of the clinic, coming after a performer tested positive for H.I.V., sent pornography actors to clinics around the San Fernando Valley, north of downtown, where the industry is based. And though the clinic recently reopened, its uncertain status again raised the question of who, if anyone, should be ensuring their safety.

“We can’t keep our heads in the sand any longer,” City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said. “These people should be using condoms. Period.”

The city law would be the first to impose safety standards specifically on the pornographic film industry, which has largely been allowed to police itself.

Until the late 1990s, the industry was unregulated. But after a string of actresses contracted H.I.V. and filed lawsuits against production companies, the industry created the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation.

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