State discusses rules on condom use in porn

By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, June 7 2011 11:45 p.m. MDT

"(In porn,) people have exposure incidents every day, they are not sent to the doctor every day and they are not tested every day because the industry is organized differently, so we are attempting to deal with that issue," Martin said.

The new standards wouldn't require STD testing. Some porn performers say they prefer working with an actor who has recently tested negative for sexually transmitted disease to using condoms, which can be unreliable.

In one outburst, a male performer in the back of the room shouted there was no more important issue than testing. Many actors yelled their agreement.

Trying to quiet the heckling crowd, Gold yelled, "I care about this industry, I care about every one of you!"

The industry can continue its norm of testing every 30 days, and provide an environment that is safer than what is required under regulation, said Gold.

Porn star Nina Hartley says she's a feminist who's been working in adult entertainment for 27 years, and she worries what the effects of a condom mandate will be on women.

Some critics of a condom mandate have said it would force porn out of California, but Hartley said it's more likely it will force "a young, rebellious group of people who already works in the margins" to work more secretively.

"And the more underground you push something, the more dangerous it is," Hartley said. "That's bad for women, bad for health, bad for everyone."

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer can be reached at http://twitter.com/APShaya.

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