LA considers requiring porn stars use condoms

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council is poised to give its final approval to a controversial ordinance that would require actors in adult films to use condoms.

The council tentatively adopted the ordinance last week on an 11-1 vote. If council members pass it again at Tuesday's meeting, it would be sent to the mayor for his signature.

Advocates of the ordinance say the measure is needed to prevent the spread of HIV in the multibillion-dollar adult film industry, much of which is centered in Los Angeles.

The porn industry's trade association, the Free Speech Coalition, says condoms are not needed.

Instead, the group calls for consistent testing of actors for sexually transmitted diseases. It says there have been no confirmed cases of HIV in the porn industry in five years.