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Porn Actors Rally Against Condom Enforcement Measure

Measure B could change how local porn studios operate and some in the industry claim it could potentially run them out of town.

A group of porn actors rallied at strip club Deja Vu Sunday to protest Measure B, an LA County initiative that goes before voters on Tuesday and would require male performers in the local adult film industry to wear condoms during filming.

While supporters of the ballot measure claim approval would prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases within the local community, including HIV, those in the industry say there's rigorous practices already in place that curb such fears.

"We're tested every 15 days," said Tatyiana Foxx, 21, who began her pornographic career a year ago.

Fox said condoms would ruin the fantasy of many scenes her fans enjoy, while male performer James Bartholet said the city would lose tax dollars if the industry is forced to relocate if the measure is passed.

"We spend our tax dollars here, we go to the beauticians and the nail salons and the auto body shops," he said, adding: "If you shut this industry down you're going to have local businesses that are going to have a huge drop in sales. Now is that a smart thing?"

Michael Weinstein, executive director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and a major supporter of Measure B, says he's looking out for the industry, which is largely based in the San Fernando Valley.

"Our goal is to protect performers, and I understand if they disagree with us," he told the Daily News. "But I've said all along that people have their own opinions, but not their own facts."

During the demonstration, Amber Lynn, an on-and-off actress in the adult film industry since the early 1980s, defended industry practices and questioned the enforcement of Measure B if passed.

"I think that if [voters] look at the situation, if they weigh the odds, they're not going to want to spend already scarce Los Angeles tax payer dollars to form a condom police to chase down these porno sets to to check and see whether people are wearing condoms," she said.

Measure B goes before voters on Tuesday.

Click here to read more about the battle over Measure B.

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Bill Wentz November 06, 2012 at 08:32 PM
This measure is retarded. Who are we to force these people to wear condoms? From what I hear, there is not an aids crisis among porn workers. They're tested all the time like the article mentions and it's in their own best interest to stay clean. If you catch a disease, you can't work! Some people don't want to see condoms in their porn, it can break the fantasy of close intimacy.
Tim Tritch November 27, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Bill, for the viewer its a fantasy. For the performer it is reality. And the reality of having unprotected sex, with multiple partners, who in turn are having multiple partners, and most of these partners are either sex workers or johns. I offer you this,,,and this is just in theory,,,you are face to face with aperson who has a negative std test that is 25 days old. In that 25 days this person has unptotcted, sex with 15 other sex workers, and five johns.(And this is average for the industry), and each of those 15 had also had worked with 15 other sex workers and johns. Do the math. How secure do you feel that the 25 day old std test is "clean?" What if this person got clamydia on the fifth day after her test? How many people did she directly expose, and how many of those exposures in turn exosed others. This is not a privacy or personal issue, it is a workplace issue. In an industry where personal behavior has a direct impact on the medical welfare of the people you work with, there is a greater level of responsibility. Regarding aids and porn workers. The most conservative estimates put HIV rates in the gay porn industry at about 30 to 40%. ANd more than ever before, the stight industry is using 'crossover' performers, as was evidenced by the last HIV positive performer, who was actively working in both stright and gay porn,,condoms in the gay scenes, no condoms, WHILE INFECTED in the straight scenes. Luckily he did not pass the infection,so they say.

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