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L.A. may vote for mandatory use of condoms for porn stars

Residents of Los Angeles may soon vote on whether condom use should be mandatory for those who work in the City of Angel's prolific porn industry.
 
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an organization that spearheaded the proposal, collected more than 70,000 signatures, which were certified by the city clerk Tuesday.
 
The number of signatures is far more than the 41,000 needed to have the measure considered for city voting.
 
Under the current law, porn stars must test negative for HIV and other STDs within 30 days of filming. Many argue that even the current law should be modified because HIV often does not show up in tests until months after a person contracts the virus.
 
"There are thousands of STDs in this industry," ABC News quoted Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation as telling Reuters. "It's the ick factor. They don't want to deal with this because it's sex, and because it's porn," he said.
 
Many in the adult entertainment industry argue that mandatory condom use would destroy the fantasy associated with pornography.
 
While L.A. residents would vote on the issue during the presidential primary in June, the Los Angeles Times reported that the proposal still faced legal challenges.

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