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Should porn actors wear condoms?
Adult film peformers Eric John and Brandy Aniston say the California voter iniative that could force them to use condoms on film shoots is unfair
July 26th, 2012
05:50 PM ET

Should porn actors wear condoms?

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – The Los Angeles County Supervisors voted this week to put an initiative on the November ballot asking voters to decide whether adult film actors must wear condoms.

[0:37] "You can’t mandate sexual behavior between consenting adults. It just doesn’t work,” says Steve Hirsch, founder of Vivid Entertainment, an adult entertainment company.

Hirsch’s company is one of the largest adult film studios in the world, releasing more than 60 adult films each year and grossing more than $100 million. He and other adult film actors don’t like the initiative.

[1:49] “A lot of the fans that watch porn don’t want to see scenes with condoms in them," says Brandy Aniston, an adult film actress, "because everybody at home knows that when you rip open a condom it kind of ruins the moment.”

But Mark McGrath, with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, says condoms should be mandatory for the adult film industry:

[2:37] “It is unfair that these people should be able to go to work, contract an infectious disease and come home and bring it to their families.”

The adult film industry does test but McGrath says testing is not prevention. Actors say it should be up to them whether they use condoms or not on set.

Producer Hirsch says if voters approve the initiative in November, it could force the lucrative adult film industry out of Los Angeles.

Click the audio player above to hear the complete story and then join the conversation in the Soundoff section below. Should there be a law mandating condom use in the porn industry? Let us know what you think.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. All I can say is...

    I'm an ex-AIDS researcher and EVERYONE who's cells I looked at are no longer with us. We need a cure for AIDS and we need to encourage all people to be tested before they enjoy sex with multiple partners. Hmmmm–I can't tell a soul about the TOP politician that I SAW (I was in my car) was with a prostitute. Hmmmm- did he use a condom? I would question if he was able to have an erection. If so, put a condom on it Ms. Prostitute. Shaking my head.
    Wait, remember the top person...who enjoyed maid service? And I don't mean house cleaning!!! Oh, and what about the ...the list goes on and on. I performed an autopsy on someone who had a penile implant...does that mean he should have worn a condom with his wonderful females that wanted his 'services' if he had multiple partners and he was AIDS positive? If you aren't yelling ACK, just smile.:-)

    July 28, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. jimroopecnn

    Comments from FACEBOOK:

    Hugh commented on your link.
    Hugh wrote: "Not looking forward to the commercials on this. I already have to endure every 3rd billboard in Hollywood with a condom ad on it."

    Jack commented on your link.
    Jack wrote: "This is a penetrating subject. Obviously too hard for mere politicians to decide. The voters will have to take the dominant position and control the situation. A premature, quick resolution by politicians would only lead o disappointment. A long, slow approach to the decision is required by the voters, or the porn actors could end up screwed."

    Jack commented on your link.
    Jack wrote: ":-) On the serious side, porn actors should wear condoms. HIV in the porn community won't just settle in and stay there. What they do on screen does not define what the actors do off-screen. They have private lives. HIV in the porn community will spread to the public at large. That situation then creates a serious public health issue."

    Dwight commented on your link.
    Dwight wrote: "Jim, does any normal human really care?"

    July 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |