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AIDS Organization Wants Condoms in Porn, But Says Someone Else Can Monitor Film Sets

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The AIDS Healthcare Foundation was one of the primary backers of recent legislation requiring porn stars to wear condoms, but the L.A.-based organization has announced that they aren't interested in monitoring film sets to ensure compliance.

In a statement, Michael Weinstein, the president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, suggests that the city find an outside group to put the rule -- which links condom use to acquiring a filming permit -- into action:

There are many objective, neutral compliance groups out there such as nursing agencies that can likely do this monitoring under contract to the city. And since this inspection and compliance effort will not cost the city anything—money for the inspections comes directly from the industry itself in the form of film permit fees—city officials should forge ahead and arrange for a qualified outside contractor to handle these compliance inspections.

He adds that it's "becoming clearer" that the city doesn't have the resources to monitor adult film sets -- something that those who opposed the initiative brought up while it was still under consideration.

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"It's going to be interesting to see how in fact they do try to enforce it and whose going to fund it and all of the time and effort they're going to spend," Steven Hirsch, co-founder and co-chairman of L.A.-based Vivid, told the New York Daily News back in January.

There's still no word on how the city plans to ensure compliance.

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