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Los Angeles Officials Approve Requiring Condom Use in Porn Films

An assortment of condoms is offered for free to visitors of the Statehouse during a World AIDS Day ceremony inside the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004. Some Illinois health workers have said they were disappointed that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health not to buy any more condoms in bright colors or flavors like orange and cherry. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

An assortment of condoms is offered for free to visitors of the Statehouse during a World AIDS Day ceremony inside the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004. Some Illinois health workers have said they were disappointed that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health not to buy any more condoms in bright colors or flavors like orange and cherry. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval Tuesday to a controversial ordinance that would require actors in adult films to use condoms.

The measure, approved on a 9-1 vote, now goes to the mayor for his signature.

Before the law can take effect, however, the City Council has ordered police officials, the city attorney and others to hold meetings to figure out how it might be enforced.

The council tentatively adopted the ordinance last week on an 11-1 vote. 

Advocates of the ordinance say the measure is needed to prevent the spread of HIV in the multibillion-dollar adult film industry, much of which is centered in Los Angeles.

The porn industry's trade association, the Free Speech Coalition, says condoms are not needed.

Instead, the group calls for consistent testing of actors for sexually transmitted diseases. It says there have been no confirmed cases of HIV in the porn industry in five years.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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