The Los Angeles County public health officials do not need to require porn actors to wear condoms to protect against the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, an appeals court has confirmed.
The Second District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling that dismissed a petition from AIDS activists to force the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to mandate condoms during the filming of hardcore pornography, reports the LA Times.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation had gone to court to compel county officials to act, arguing that they had "passively observed an ever-growing epidemic" within the porn industry.
The foundation argued that the health department had documented thousands of sexually transmitted diseases among adult film stars and attributed the epidemic "to a lack of protection equipment for performers, including condoms."
A Superior Court judge decided to dismiss the case in 2009, ruling that county officials had broad discretion over how they manage public health matters.
The appeals court agreed, saying it could not compel the county health department to implement AIDS Healthcare Foundation's "agenda" to combat sexually transmitted diseases.