In adult films, condom question looms large

  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 30, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36019184/

    AIDS foundation, religious activist join forces to require protection in porn

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    By Alex Johnson
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    msnbc.com
    updated 8:12 a.m. ET, Fri., April 30, 2010

    . It's just a 50-cent piece of latex, but depending on whom you ask, it will either kill or save the multibillion-dollar pornography industry.
    . California's Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board agreed in March to consider a request by anti-pornography activists and the country's largest HIV/AIDS nonprofit to require actors to wear condoms in sex scenes in pornographic features.
    . The petition has created sharp divisions in the San Fernando Valley, the area in and around Los Angeles where most of the country's legally distributed pornography is produced. That's where a new adult video is shot every 45 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
    . Advocates say the industry is already breaking the law by creating a hazardous workplace --- one where performers are at risk of contracting HIV infections and other sexually transmitted diseases. They want adult entertainment businesses to observe the same pathogen exposure regulations that protect California's medical workers.
    . "The evidence is on film," said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The agency turned to state regulators for help after a judge dismissed its lawsuit seeking to force Los Angeles County to require condoms in adult films in December.
    . "What documentation is clearer than the product itself?" Weinstein asked. "When it's a pair of Nike shoes, you don't know that an 8-year-old in that sweatshop in Indonesia made it, but when you slip the DVD into the machine, you know that they're violating the law."
    . But many producers and performers say they follow a rigorous testing system precisely so they can perform without condoms, arguing that consumers don't want to see them.
    . "I really hope that it does not go all-condom, because this is entertainment," Sunny Lane, an actress who says she has appeared in more than 180 adult films, said in an interview with NBC station KNBC of Los Angeles. "This is hot. It's passionate. You want to have fun."
    . The controversy has been on the front burner since 2004, when a male adult film performer tested positive for HIV and was found to have spread the virus to three women he had performed with. The latest wave of activism gained impetus last June when the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, which tests performers for the industry, confirmed that an actress who has not been publicly identified had tested positive.

    Will porn still call California home?
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    Apr 30, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    All that would happen is Cali would lose a huge industry and source of tax revenue. Way to go!

    Anyway, there are tests now, used by the better producers, that will show infections within a week (the PCR tests). So if the proper testing protocols are used, the question of condom use becomes moot.
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    Apr 30, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    Here's a YouTube video done by Chi Chi LaRue (Larry Paciotti), a major gay porn producer. I've met him in person, and while he's a bit over the top for my tastes, I admire the position he takes here on using condoms in gay porn, and in real life. If California requires condom use in porn, Paciotti won't have to change anything he does. Kudos to Larry.

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    Apr 30, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    I wonder if that applies to non-sexually explicit fetish, and solo masturbation scenes.
    And what about lesbian porn? Will they have to put condoms on the dildos and on their tongues?
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    May 02, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    I am for it, a lot of the porn stars it is about health and protecting the other actor. So yes put the rubber on.
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    May 02, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI wonder if that applies to non-sexually explicit fetish, and solo masturbation scenes.
    And what about lesbian porn? Will they have to put condoms on the dildos and on their tongues?


    What do you mean by "non-sexually explicit fetish"? icon_confused.gif

    I know they don't do it in "mainstream" gay porn but would that mean that condoms would be required for frot as well, even though penetration doesn't actually take place?
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    May 02, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    Mandatory testing for the entire North American population..


    Here in Canada its free, you get lube and free condoms! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    May 02, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    Dragoonxi said
    What do you mean by "non-sexually explicit fetish"? icon_confused.gif
    Specific body part fetishes such as feet, hands, biceps, calves, etc.

    Dragoonxi said
    I know they don't do it in "mainstream" gay porn but would that mean that condoms would be required for frot as well, even though penetration doesn't actually take place?
    Very good question...