When I read erotica or romance, I get completely distracted when reading sex scenes where the characters don't practice safe sex. My mind gets filled with "What if's." The AIDS Healthcare Foundation wants the law in place in California, where there was an outbreak of AIDS in the porn industry in 2004. California's worker study board has voted to study the foundation's proposal. According to the Daily Chilli, "By law, US adult film actors must prove they have tested negative for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases within 30 days of going to work on a film."
Cort Tafoya, a staff writer at the Daily Titan, had this to say on the subject:
Porn is an art, there’s no getting around that. Mandating a male porn actor to wear a condom is like requiring Da Vinci to use only watercolors; not only would it be nonsensical, it’d be damaging to our culture.
Unfortunately, America’s trend of excessive government regulation has overtaken one of its most booming businesses, the porn industry. A six-member California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted unanimously to review a study from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is petitioning for a law requiring porn stars to wear condoms.
The writer goes on to say the following:
After viewing hours and hours of porn in an attempt to research for this article, I realized that mandatory condoms would not only destroy the fantasies of the single, overweight virgins who constantly watch porn, but would also attack our most precious constitutional right to free speech.
So, here's my question: Should laws require that actors in porn wear condoms, or is that infringing on civil rights, or is the testing requirement enough?