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Porn stars will be forced to wear condoms under new LA ruling

Story by Jack Foley

ACTORS starring in porn films in Los Angeles will be required to use condoms while filming under a new law.

Although it is not yet clear how the law will be enforced, the move is designed to protect adult film stars from contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

It has been welcomed by health professionals, including the LA-based Aids Healthcare Foundation, but has been criticised by leading industry figures who have warned they may now quit the city.

LA’s San Fernando Valley is widely considered to be the porn capital of the multi-billion-dollar US adult film industry.

The new law was signed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday, when he asked the police, city attorney’s office and workplace safety officials to figure out how they will now enforce it.

It remains to be seen whether adult filmmakers will now move away from the city, or just beyond the city limits, but they insist that films where actors are seen wearing protection are traditionally less popular than those who don’t.

However, Michael Weinstein, president of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, was full of praise for the move, saying: “The city of Los Angeles has done the right thing. They’ve done the right thing for the performers.”

He also pledged to help the authorities keep a track of where porn producers might move to, according to the LA Times.

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