Nevada ready to approve strict condom regulation for porn films

January 25, 2015 5:37 am
Adult film production migrated from California to Nevada after voters
in Los Angeles County approved a law requiring condom use on set. Now, a
condom use requirement could follow.
Nevada health officials
said Friday that they’re considering strict brothel-style regulations
for a booming adult film industry following the announcement last month
that two male performers tested positive for HIV following a video shoot
in the state.
“The potential exists to require condoms and other
barrier options in all sexual contact,” state Department of Health and
Human Services spokeswoman Mary Woods said in a statement.
idea that porn stars might have to wear protection in productions filmed
in Nevada generated a buzz among some of the 25,000 attendees
collecting autographs from porn stars posing in fishnet stockings and
bustiers at this week’s Adult Video Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel
& Casino.

“I prefer no condoms,” said Rob Tatka, a 29-year-old tourist
from Chicago who collected a bag full of posters of his favorite stars
to take home. “Porn is about fantasy,” he said, “and honestly, no man
wants to use one in real life.”

Nevada health officials said Friday that they’re considering strict
brothel-style regulations for a booming adult film industry. Photo /

Condoms can cause friction,
irritation or even infection during scenes that take hours to film
before being edited, said Keiran Lee, a veteran male performer who lives
in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
Lee, 31, said he sometimes shoots 22 scenes a month. “I have the option to use them, but I don’t,” he said.
in the health department statement, said it could take up to two years
to collect data and public comment about the Nevada proposals, and she
called it too early to know the outcome of the process.
But for
conference attendees enjoying a city synonymous with sin – and a state
home to the only legalised prostitution in the US – the idea of putting
condoms on actors and categorizing adult entertainment production with
brothels drew criticism.
Porn actors aren’t prostitutes, said
Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, an industry
trade group that administers strict HIV testing and a database showing
pass-fail results. Duke said the database lists 6,000 porn performers
since 2011.
“In a brothel, you’re talking about people coming in
from outside,” she said. “We have performers on a closed set who go
through a testing protocol.”
Duke said that since 2004, there
have been no documented cases of HIV transmission during scenes between
professional actors in the FSC database.
The two men involved in
last year’s case weren’t in the FSC database, Duke said. Authorities
have said it appeared likely one infected the other during an
unprotected gay sex scene. Details haven’t been made public.
Ariana Marie, 21, said she trusts the results. She said she’s been in
scenes with and without condoms, and called it distracting to have her
partner stop to take one off at the end.
“We get tested every 14 days,” Marie said. “I trust my performer.”
is legal in rural Nevada counties but not in Las Vegas and Reno. Nevada
health officials say a strict testing regimen prevents transmission of
sexually transmitted diseases and has never resulted in a documented
case of HIV transmission in a brothel.
If porn production is
regulated under the same rules, condom use would be required for all sex
acts, including oral sex. Adult film performers, like Nevada’s licensed
prostitutes, would be required to undergo weekly testing for the
sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea, and monthly
testing for HIV and syphilis.
Nevada currently has no rules
specifically covering pornography production. And no permit is needed to
film on private property, a home or in a hotel room, according to the
state film office.
That made Nevada attractive to West Coast
adult film producers worried about losing fans following the adoption in
Los Angeles of strict rules requiring condom use in adult film sex
scenes filmed there.
After voters in Los Angeles County approved
the condom requirement in 2012, the number of permits for adult films in
Los Angeles dropped dramatically, from 485 in 2012 to 40 in 2013.
the number of general permits for all film productions in Clark County,
including Las Vegas, jumped more than 50 per cent, from 226 in 2012 to
343 in 2013.
Nevada Film Office analyst Kim Spurgeon in Las Vegas
said officials don’t tally the number of adult film productions by
category. There were 400 film production permits issued in Clark County
in 2014, she said.
Problems were inevitable, said Michael
Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los
Angeles-based nonprofit that serves California and Nevada.
the foundation was a catalyst for passage of the Los Angeles law,
Weinstein professed no desire to kill the adult film industry.
not against porn,” Weinstein said in a telephone interview. “We want it
to be safer. We think porn sends the wrong message to young people that
the only kind of sex that’s hot is unsafe sex.”

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