Condoms No Longer Evidence Against Sex Workers in San Francisco

Change in policy hopes to encourage safe sex

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    Condoms can no longer be used to prove someone is a prostitute, according to SF city officials.

    Condoms do not make a prostitute. Not necessarily, anyway.

    Police and prosecutors in San Francisco will no longer be able to enter condoms as evidence in trials of people suspected of engaging in prostitution, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

    In 1994, police and prosecutors were told to stop entering condoms as evidence in prostitution cases, the newspaper reported. This was done to encourage sex workers to bring condoms to work -- a necessary move to stop the flow of HIV/AIDS, the newspaper reported.

    But since then, condoms had been entered as evidence in several "low-level" cases, the newspaper reported. A new agreement struck Tuesday reaffirms that condoms are no longer valid evidence for cops or for district attorneys.

    Theresa Sparks, director of the city's Human Rights Commission, said the new agreement is "a significant breakthrough that complements The City’s long-standing commitment to HIV/AIDS prevention," the newspaper reported.