News Brief - Condoms for ALL in Californian Porn

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News Brief Condoms for ALL in Californian Porn

News Brief - Condoms for ALL in Californian Porn

Rubber up or hit the road.

That’s essentially the message proponents of a new ballot initiative are sending to the adult film industry in California.  The measure to require condoms in all California porn productions was proposed by Michael Weinstein, president of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  Weinstein has previously come under scrutiny for referring to PrEP (Truvada) as a “party drug.”

This would mirror similar guidelines voted on by Los Angeles County in 2012.  LA County was once a mecca for the adult industry, but since the new rules were adopted in 2012, permits for adult films have fallen 90% by some estimates.

If the bareback ban moves statewide, tens of millions of dollars a year may be lost in tax revenue as production leaves California for good.  Weinstein, however, continues to support the mandate.  “It’s another milestone – the qualification of this initiative,” he said.  “We’ve taken polls that show, statewide, 71% support.  We’re very confident that we will be successful on election day.”

The Industry will put up a lofty fight to squash the initiative, though.  Arguing that they already have adequate testing programs in place – performers are tested every for 14 days for HIV, and there hasn't been an infection in the regulated industry since 2004, the L.A. Times reports.  “If the proposed initiative were to pass, adult performers would immediately be targeted by stalkers and profiteers, who would use the initiatives’ sue-a-performer provision to harass and extort adult performs,” Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based traded association for the adult film industry, said.  “This is an unconscionable initiative that would take a legal and safe industry and push its performers into the shadows.”