Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pornography and Condoms

This article caught my eye this article. 

This June, in Los Angeles, citizens will vote on whether actors in pornographic movies will be required to wear condoms, by law. The ballot is a result of intense lobbying by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Under current regulations by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, actors are required to use condoms.  Enforcement, however, is tricky as the agency can only act after it receives a complaint. Sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, are seen as an occupational hazard in this industry. Wearing a condom in an adult movie is akin to mandating that construction workers wear personal protective equipment (hard hats, protective eyewear, protective footwear). 

As I am an infectious diseases physician, you can likely guess my thoughts on the matter.

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