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March 28, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Lancet medical journal accused Pope Benedict XVI of distorting scientific evidence in his statement that condoms worsen the AIDS crisis. It said he should retract the comments. During a trip to Africa last week, the pope told reporters, "You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms." He then added, "On the contrary, it increases the problem." In the latest issue of the prestigious British medical journal, the editors wrote that the pope "publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Students at Whittier College will have greater access to free condoms in residence halls after officials install 15 dispensers -- the largest number for any one campus under a campaign to promote safe sex. The dispensers at the liberal arts college of roughly 1,700 students in east Los Angeles County will hold about 40,000 condoms labeled "Love" and "Icon," organizers said, to be provided by Condom Nation, a mobile public health campaign sponsored...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1994
If only we could get them to use more condoms and fewer guns--but hold it, let's not start thinking along those lines! GENE JOFFE Burbank
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- The California Assembly overwhelmingly approved Monday a measure that aims to preserve beach fire rings and, by a narrower margin, a bill that would make condoms available in prisons. Beach fire rings have been at the center of protracted battle in Southern California's beach towns, particularly in Newport Beach, where local air-quality regulators have stepped up their regulation of the bonfires due to concerns over their effect on health and the environment. Opponents say the regulations could put a beloved beachfront recreation at risk, harming local tradition and tourism revenues.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
How does the old saying go? If you love something so much, you should marry it. How about just bringing it straight into the bedroom? If you're a true bacon lover who longs to bring bacon between the sheets, without the grease, now you can. J&D, the guys who brought you bacon shaving cream , have released bacon condoms. Each has an image of bacon on it all the way to the end. And if that's not enough bacon love for you, the condoms are filled with J&D's "baconlube," a water-based meat-flavored personal lubricant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1992
Regarding passing out condoms to students: I have long taught science classes at the senior and junior high school level in the Los Angeles school district. I feel that all the controversy surrounding passing out condoms to students misses an important point. These are the same students who forget to bring a pencil to class. S.J. FALOTICO, Hidden Hills
WORLD
March 12, 2010
A Rome high school has decided to install vending machines selling condoms for its students, sparking angry reaction from the Catholic Church which claims the move will only encourage youths to have sex. Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the pope's vicar for Rome, criticized the decision as trivializing sex. L'Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, said Thursday that sex was being reduced to "mere physical exercise." The paper lamented that young people these days have no spiritual guidance when it comes to sexuality, and that educators are more concerned with "the health and hygiene consequences of sex" than the moral implications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1987
This letter is written in response to your recent articles on contraception ads on television. It is time the major television networks pull their heads out of the sand and face facts. AIDS is not just a gay disease. It can strike anyone. It is fatal and there is no cure. If condoms can help prevent the spread of AIDS, should not the American public be made aware of this fact? The surgeon general of the United States has faced the AIDS issue and has cited the role of condoms in possibly reducing the spread of this deadly virus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1991
The Los Angeles Unified School District Administration and parents are fighting over whether or not to give students condoms. As a senior at Chatsworth High School, I do not believe it is appropriate to give out condoms to high school students. My friends and I feel that it puts pressure on us to be sexually active. Do we have to live up to the expectations of teen-age promiscuity by using condoms? When you are given a bike, you are taught to ride. What is next, giving us needles for safe drug use?
HEALTH
July 6, 1998 | Reprinted with permission from the Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, May 1998
Of course, the safest sex is no sex. But latex prophylactics offer a high degree of protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Here are some basics you should know. Life is full of surprises. Just when you think you're too old to worry about dating, much less sexually transmitted diseases, your world turns topsy-turvy, and you find yourself in the market for reliable protection. Enter an old standby: the condom.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
If you build a better condom, will men use it? And no, that's not a trick question. In one of those “Gee, I feel so lame not knowing about this already” stories, the other Times (the one in New York) reported this week that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded prizes of $100,000 each to 11 winners in its contest to create a condom that men actually might, you know, put on before having sex. (Ladies, insert your own joke/bad experience/harrumph here.) I'm glad to read some good news about condoms because they've getting a bad, well, rap here in L.A. recently -- being blamed for, among other things, chasing away the porn industry from our fair city.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Ted Rall
According to a porn industry trade group, L.A. County has seen a 95% plunge in film production permits in 2013 compared with the same period last year. This follows last year's passage of Measure B, which mandates that porn actors use condoms on set. County officials have declined to send inspectors to porn sets because of an outstanding lawsuit. A judge has ruled that unannounced on-set inspections may violate the 4th Amendment's guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
In the year since Los Angeles County voters passed a measure requiring condoms to be used in all adult films made locally, the region has seen a 95% drop-off in film production permits, according to an industry group. Only 24 permits for adult films have been filed so far in Los Angeles County in 2013, compared with 480 filed in the same period last year, according to the porn industry trade group Free Speech Coalition, citing a report by the film-permitting agency FilmLA. The coalition estimated that the drop-off amounts to $456,000 in lost revenues to local government, and said that those revenues and jobs have gone to other counties and, in some cases, out of state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO--Gov. Jerry Brown  on Saturday vetoed a bill a that would have expanded the availability of condoms in state prisons. The measure, by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), would have required the state corrections department to develop a five-year plan to make condoms available in every California prison. Supporters of the measure argued that distributing condoms would help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among inmates, who have higher rates of HIV/AIDS infection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
An advocacy group backing a proposed state law requiring adult film actors to use condoms launched a robocall campaign Thursday targeting a Los Angeles-area state assemblyman who they accuse of stymieing the legislation. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) denied that he is holding the bill up. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation said it is blanketing Gatto's district with 100,000 robocalls, pre-recorded messages featuring former adult film actor Derrick Burts and Playboy bunny Rebekka Armstrong, who are HIV-positive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
An adult-film trade group has lifted an industry-wide production moratorium that was prompted by an actress' positive HIV test. Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based association for the industry, said Wednesday that all on-screen partners of the affected actress, who uses the screen name Cameron Bay, had been tested and cleared and that a panel of three doctors concluded that it was safe to resume filming. The coalition called the moratorium last Wednesday after the actress received a preliminary positive test result, later confirmed by follow-up testing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Encouraged by a new court decision, Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) has revived his proposal to require adult film performers in California to wear condoms when engaging in risky sexual behavior on the set. The new proposal, which was inserted Tuesday into a gutted bill on tobacco use, follows a federal judge's decision upholding the constitutionality of Los Angeles County's Measure B, which requires condoms in adult films. A similar bill by Hall was shelved earlier this year after the adult film industry argued it would hurt business and was unnecessary because of an existing testing program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Some critics of the adult film industry are pointing to the latest HIV scare as further evidence that condoms should be required on set. The Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based trade organization for the adult film industry, said Thursday that a 28-year-old actress who uses the screen name Cameron Bay tested conclusively positive for HIV. The adult industry has maintained that mandating condoms on set, as the city and county of Los...
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