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Published March 05 2012

Condoms now required on Los Angeles porn film sets as city ordinance takes effect

LOS ANGELES — Actors in many of the adult films made in the nation's porn capital must use condoms under a law that took effect Monday, but the prophylactic police aren't yet on the case.

How they will enforce such a regulation once they do begin enforcement is anyone's guess.

In Los Angeles, where an estimated 90 percent of the country's porn films are made, city officials and industry leaders are trying to settle on a way to ensure that there's more safe sex on the set. Some say health care professionals should be present during a shoot to make sure actors use condoms.

“Today really is a milestone in the advance of health and safety for these adult filmmakers,” said Ged Kenslea, spokesman for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which lobbied for years for the measure.

When the City Council passed the law in January, it gave police, the city attorney, the porn industry and others six months to recommend the best way to enforce the measure. They have roughly four months left.