AIDS support group launches petition drive to require condoms in pornography films shot in California



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LOS ANGELES — An AIDS support group is launching a campaign to require the use of condoms for adult films shot in California.

The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced Friday it's starting a signature-gathering campaign to put the measure on the November 2016 state ballot.

A condom bill died in the state Assembly this year.

The same foundation sponsored a condom-requirement law that Los Angeles County voters passed two years ago. Some pornographers have since moved out of the county.

Industry officials argue that condoms turn off viewers and aren't necessary because actors already must have regular tests for sexually transmitted diseases.

Four pornography actors who say they became HIV-positive while filming supported the campaign at a Friday news conference.

One, Darren Edwards, says the industry has a responsibility to protect employees.

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