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A ballot measure proposing that adult production actors in Los Angeles County wear condoms during filming will be put to voters in November’s election.

The measure gathered enough signatures to qualify, election officials said.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a supporter of the petition, says the move would shield porn actors from HIV.

If passed, it would expand to county level an ordinance requiring condom use as a condition of receiving a filming permit within the city of Los Angeles.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed that measure into law in January after the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) brought a similar petition to city government.

The city is still studying how to enforce the ordinance.

A ballot measure proposing that adult production actors in Los Angeles County wear condoms during filming will be put to voters in November's election

A ballot measure proposing that adult production actors in Los Angeles County wear condoms during filming will be put to voters in November's election

A spokeswoman for the Free Speech Coalition, an industry group, told the Los Angles Times in February that such measures were “government overreach”.

“It’s clearly the government interfering where it really doesn’t belong,” Diane Duke told the Times.

Adult production companies are threatening to move out of California because of the requirement, but face legal difficulties.

A 1988 ruling prevented producers from being prosecuted under anti-prostitution laws, and only one other state – New Hampshire – has a similar ruling.

Adult film productions in the area have been suspended in the past because of HIV scares.

The ballot measure would require adult film producers to obtain a permit from the county’s public health department, requiring actors to use condoms for penetrative sex.

Lori Yeghiayan, a spokeswoman for AHF, said the ballot measure would be similar to health permits for beauty salons and tattoo parlors, with possible regular inspections.

Breaking the conditions of the potential permit could res¬ult in fines or mis¬de¬mean¬or charges.

Lori Yeghiayan added that condom use “is the law of California” under the state’s division of Occupational Safety and Health, where it is covered under protections regarding bodily fluids, but “the issue has been enforcement”.

Critics of the condom requirement say actors are regularly tested, and such a requirement would hurt business and push production studios underground.

“We found that a lot of viewers at home don’t want to see condom porn,” said Keiran Lee, a British porn actor in Los Angeles.

 

Actors in adult movies in Los Angeles will be required to use condoms while filming, under a new law signed by the city mayor.

The new regulation, also known as “condom law”, has been welcomed by health officials but pornography industry leaders say it could force them to abandon the city.

LA’s San Fernando Valley is considered the capital of the multibillion-dollar US adult film industry.

It is not yet clear how the new law will be enforced.

The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation welcomed the move saying it was crucial in protecting adult film actors from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The foundation, which has campaigned for the measure for six years, said it would now seek similar condom requirement elsewhere in the US.

“The city of Los Angeles has done the right thing. They’ve done the right thing for the performers,” said foundation president Michael Weinstein.

Michael Weinstein said his group would also be vigilant in keeping track of where porn producers might move to.

Several of the industry’s biggest adult filmmakers have said they might consider moving just outside city boundaries.

They insist that adult films featuring condoms are not as popular and that some actors prefer not to use them.

“Condom law” was signed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday.

The city council has now asked the police, city attorney’s office and workplace safety officials to figure out how they enforce the rule, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Industry experts estimate as many as 90% of all pornographic films produced in the US are made in Los Angeles.

In 2011, pornographic film productions across the US were temporarily shut down after an adult film performer tested positive for HIV.