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The production of adult entertainment videos in the United Kingdom has increased in the past 2 years. In July 2000 the British Board of Film Classification introduced changes to the “Restricted 18” (“R18”) classification of videos, legalising the sale of videos featuring explicit images of real sex to people over the age of 18 in registered sex shops licensed by local councils. Changes to the “R18” classification were introduced in response to the incorporation of the Human Rights Act into the British legal system, making freedom of expression part of British law. There are currently around 90 licensed sex shops in Britain, and in the first half of this year the British Board of Film Classification has already classified 485 “R18” videos, compared to a total of 651 videos in 2001.1
The majority of adult entertainment videos are produced showing images of real unprotected sex without condoms,2 and concerns that these videos may give some viewers an impression that sex without condoms is safe has prompted a recent initiative by …