AirTalk for January 18, 2012

L.A. first city to require condoms in porn

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Derrick Burts, 24, the actor whose HIV positive test sparked a temporary shutdown of the US porn filmmaking industry called for mandatory condom use on set, in his first public comments on the scare during a press conference in Hollywood, California on December 8, 2010.

In a 9-1 vote yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance requiring porn performers to use condoms in adult films, making L.A. the first city in the nation to do so. The new rule applies only to films shot on sets that require a city permit, not to those made at studios.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) sponsored the initiative to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the multi-billion dollar porn industry. But the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult entertainment industry, has long opposed mandatory condom use. They argue that the monthly testing protocols already in place work and that forcing condom use could drive production underground, where things would be even less safe.

Before the law can take effect, the City Council has ordered police officials, the city attorney and others to figure out how it might be enforced. The AHF calls the new rule “historic” and is now working on a measure that would apply to all porn production in Los Angeles County, both on-set and on-location.

WEIGH IN:

How will all this impact the adult film industry, much of which is centered in Los Angeles? Do they plan to comply with the new regulations? If so, how? If not, what challenges or alternative proposals might be on the horizon?

Guest:

Michael Weinstein, Executive Director, Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

Diane Duke, Executive Director, Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult entertainment industry


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