MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Nassau County is no longer using condoms as evidence in prostitution cases.
Newsday reports the move is intended to help prevent the spread of disease among sex workers. District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office quietly put the policy change into effect last fall.
It's believed to be the first in New York to make the change.
She told Newsday its ability to prosecute cases hasn't been compromised. She said "the public health issue outweighs the public safety issue."
The Long Island Association for AIDS Care said it supported the policy change. Chief operating officer Catherine Hart said if it's "going to take away fear of sex workers using condoms, then we totally support" it.
Rice said she hoped to convince her counterparts elsewhere to follow her lead.
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