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LA County voters to decide whether adult films need condoms

Los Angeles County voters will decide this November whether performers who pornographic films should be required to wear condoms. Above is Los Angeles County's official condom wrapper.

The question of whether adults performing in pornographic films should be required to use condoms on set will be put to Los Angeles County voters in November.

With a 3-1-1 vote, the Board of Supervisors agreed to place the “Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry” measure on the ballot. Supervisor Gloria Molina was the dissenting vote, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining.

If approved, performers who participate in adult films in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County would be required to use condoms during intercourse scenes. The 85 cities that receive Public Health services from L.A. County would have to incorporate the requirement into their municipal codes. Pasadena, Long Beach and Vernon have their own health agencies. 

In addition to obtaining a health permit, film producers would have to go through blood pathogen training and provide an exposure control plan. Violators would have their permits revoked and could face civil fines and misdemeanor penalties.


LA County questions how to regulate condoms in pornographic films

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal that would require adults in pornographic films to wear condoms during intercourse.

An initiative that would require adult film performers to wear condoms during intercourse scenes was stalled today when members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors questioned the enforcement of such a proposal.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation gathered enough signatures to have the initiative, which would also require producers to obtain a health permit, placed on a countywide ballot. However, under questioning from Supervisor Gloria Molina, attorneys for the county admitted it was unclear if the initiative would apply to cities throughout Los Angeles County or just the unincorporated areas.

“I really do think we need to have a better understanding of the jurisdiction, and if in fact it’s a countywide vote or is it unincorporated areas,” Molina said.

The matter will be back before the Board of Supervisors on July 24. The board has until Aug. 7 to decide whether to place the initiative on the November ballot.


Public Health looking for LA's next sex symbol: a condom wrapper

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A new campaign from the Department of Public Health asks constituents to design the wrappers of condoms that will be distributed in the hopes of preventing new HIV infections.

As part of a campaign to promote safe sex and reduce the number of new HIV infections, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is asking constituents to submit artwork or photographs to appear on Los Angeles-branded condoms.

The top 10 designs of the “L.A.’s Next Sex Symbol” contest will appear on 1 million and one condoms that will be distributed in 2012. The artwork may not include Los Angeles sport teams or landmarks, including City Hall and the Hollywood sign. The designs may not be vulgar or obscene, according to Public Health. 

Los Angeles County experiences 2,000 new HIV infections every year. In 2011, the county reported 47,500 new cases of chlamydia, 9,500 new cases of gonorrhea and 1,8000 cases of syphilis.

The contest is open to Los Angeles County residents who are at least 18 years of age. The deadline is June 17.