Will LA's Proposed Adult Film Condom Law Actually Reduce STDs?

By: Daniel Villarreal
7.5.2012

In November, Los Angeles will vote on whether to require porn studios to use condoms in their productions.

But the law wouldn't apply to blow jobs—a mid-risk activity for contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Not only does oral expose porn performers to STDs like gonorrhea and hepatitis, but a bunch of other STDs can be passed by skin-on-skin contact; ones such as mollescum, herpes, genital warts and HPV, which can become cancerous if left undetected.

Furthermore, Los Angeles might not have enough resources to actively enforce the law with surprise checks on sets. Instead, health enforcers would have to depend heavily on people reporting non-compliant studios and the fining said studios after actors have already been potentially exposed to STDs.

According to LA Weekly, some porn producers say they will simply skirt the law if it goes into effect by simply filming outside city limits.

That's not to say that a law requiring condoms is a bad thing—it's worth having even if it saves even only one life.

The 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act already requires businesses to protect employees from blood-borne pathogens by equipping them with protective barriers such as face masks, goggles and latex gloves—but porn producers argue that the law only applies to medical clinics and not porn studios.

That, and all that gear might be a real turn-off any porn lovers without a "bad doctor" fetish.

So while LA should receive kudos for trying to protect its porn stars, one has to wonder just how many diseases the potential law will prevent when it excludes oral sex and punishes studios only after they have broken the law.

Is there a better way cash-strapped LA and California state can protect adult film stars? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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