In this day in age, should there be STD or AIDS/HIV outbreaks within the mainstream porn industry?

Sleeping Dreamer Sleeping Dreamer
Los Angeles County health officials say there have been 22 confirmed HIV cases in industry performers since 2004. Read about it here: link
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Yes.
Sammi , Sera , ~LaUr3n~ , Porfiriato , FaerieLove
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No.
deceased , LilyLust , Angel deSanguine , SydVicious , OhMy! , Lady Venus , fatesrelease , joja , cowboy , DeliciousSurprise , smartbabi92 , mnc5051 , ReadyAllTheTime , Antonio Jax , Stujen , Emma (Girl With Fire) , PassionQT , kitti , RosesThorns , Destri , Darkestraven , Selective Sensualist , darthkitt3n , potstickers , sarki , Ms. Spice , 7Miles , mistre$$ , KrazyKandy , Howells , switzerland , succulenthunny616 , TexasBrat , svalentine;) , xxSuzakuxx , Boyfriend , Paradoxica , xOhxSoxScandalousx
38
Other.
Total votes: 43 (43 voters)
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06/15/2009
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deceased deceased
Unfortunately, a lot of people do not want to see safe sex in their porn. There is a lot of porn produced by women incorporating dental dams, gloves,condoms,etc. Porn has a lot to do with fantasy, and in most (men's) fantasies it doesn't include putting on rubbers, it involves spur of the moment lust and opportunity. There is also a lot of substance abuse in porn, coke and alcohol and smack will let you leave the real world for a while and inhibit the need to protect one's self.
06/16/2009
Sammi Sammi
There are STDs and AIDs/HIV in the non-industry population, so it would be surprising if the mainstream porn industry had no outbreaks whatsoever. More condom usage would help, but with various factors that's not a guarantee that no outbreaks would occur. Hopefully that makes sense.
06/16/2009
deceased deceased
Another thing is that a person can test negative one month and seroconvert a few weeks later. Not to mention Hep C, which is probabley as bad as HIV, it causes liver cancer and cirhosis and is passed easily from blood and feces and sperm from one person to the other, and it has no cure. Hep C people wind up with end stage liver disease and encephalopathies that appear like dementia. I've only been watching lesbian porn, and I have noticed the use of nitrile gloves,dams, condoms over dildos in the movies produced by Pink and White Productions. (Distributed by Babeland and Blowfish.
06/16/2009
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
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Originally posted by deceased
Another thing is that a person can test negative one month and seroconvert a few weeks later. Not to mention Hep C, which is probabley as bad as HIV, it causes liver cancer and cirhosis and is passed easily from blood and feces and sperm from one ... More
Hep C can actually be cured if treated soon enough (unfortunately most cases aren't) and it's only passed through blood (you could get it through sex if there's bleeding involved though).

However, Hep B is passed through blood and semen, and there is no cure for Hep B.
06/16/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
There are STDs and AIDs/HIV in the non-industry population, so it would be surprising if the mainstream porn industry had no outbreaks whatsoever. More condom usage would help, but with various factors that's not a guarantee that no outbreaks ... More
I agree. Why would the industry be impervious? In fact, it could very well be that every single one of those cases originated outside of the industry. Who knows? I do tihnk safer sex is becoming more popular in porn, though.
06/16/2009
Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme) Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme)
Los Angeles County health officials were lying their asses off, in this case. None of the reported cases (except the one a week or two ago) were in the heterosexual porn industry. They were either in the gay industry (which is so-called 'condom only') or 'civilians' who got tested with AIM, but didn't work in the industry.

It was the CHO trying to spread lies to get the porn industry shut down, or mandated with unrealistic rules and regulations.

Last year, no heterosexual porn performers caught HIV. Almost 900 regular people in the area did - highlighting that the porn industry IS safer than the sex people are having out there in 'real life.'

It's not totally safe - there's no such thing as entirely safe sex - but I've read convincing arguments from people like Belladonna and Ernest Green and Nina Hartley saying that mandating condom use isn't the answer.
07/02/2009
Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme) Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme)
Or, at least, isn't the 'whole' answer.
07/02/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme)
Los Angeles County health officials were lying their asses off, in this case. None of the reported cases (except the one a week or two ago) were in the heterosexual porn industry. They were either in the gay industry (which is so-called 'condom ... More
That's really interesting. Have a source? I'm just curious
07/02/2009
mnc5051 mnc5051
interesting discussion
11/07/2010
Persephone Nightmare Persephone Nightmare
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Originally posted by mnc5051
interesting discussion
Indeed, it is very much so

However, perhaps you could elaborate more on your opinion of the topic and how you feel about it when you comment? A bit more of a contribution to the discussion here and elsewhere on the forums would make them even more interesting

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Just recently there was the "Patient Zero" incident, now that I think on it.

I'm pretty much on the fence about all of it to be honest.

On one hand: I do agree with Sammi. Such diseases are amongst the general population and it'd be odd if there was absolutely *no one* in the porn industry with them. Don't get me wrong, it'd be nice, it'd be ideal if no one had it in the industry (or just in the world, for that matter, lol) things would be much safer, but I know that we, unfortunately, do not live in a perfect or faerie tale world.

On the other hand: With the knowledge and preventative measures we have today, the porn industry technically *shouldn't* have cases of STDs/AIDS/HIV.

The fact is, it's unfortunately not realistic, there are just so many factors that make the precautions that the porn industry does take, fallible.
11/07/2010
Sera Sera
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Originally posted by Sleeping Dreamer
Los Angeles County health officials say there have been 22 confirmed HIV cases in industry performers since 2004. Read about it here: link
I would think that there would be a lot of outbreaks by now, yes.
11/13/2010
RosesThorns RosesThorns
I honestly think there is no reason that there should be large out breaks, there is so much we know about HIV/AIDS and STDs that its just ridiculous that people are not being safe and getting tested and the like. *le sigh*
11/14/2010
Destri Destri
I think it is just outrageous that in this day and age, the porn industry is not using condoms at all times. If they started being responsible about safe sex practices across the board, people who 'hate' seeing condoms in their porn would adjust and come around.

It sends a terrible signal to the general population to not practice safe sex within the industry. Unfortunately, there are people out there who get their sex information from porn. And they end up thinking that only a woosy uses a condom.

And, it puts all the actors at great risk besides. This is another reason why I admire Buck Angel so much. He uses condoms in every scene, including on toys.
11/14/2010
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
Quote:
Originally posted by Destri
I think it is just outrageous that in this day and age, the porn industry is not using condoms at all times. If they started being responsible about safe sex practices across the board, people who 'hate' seeing condoms in their porn would ... More
"Unfortunately, there are people out there who get their sex information from porn."

This is so true. I have NEVER seen a scene where the actors/actresses used a lube -- even for anal. Many people watching assume that this is the proper way to have anal sex. I cringe just knowing that this is how many obtain their information about sex.

Another pet peeve: going from anal directly to vaginal or ass-to-mouth. I know people who are under the impression from watching porn that "all girls" are dying to do these things (and just love them -- and should experience no negative repercussions AT ALL since the girl in the video seemed to like it); therefore, if you are not interested in doing these things you are not "normal." Or that any girl who does not want to receive a facial cum shot is a prude.

Anyway, back to the topic of discussion . . . There is no reason why condoms should not be used in pornography. As Misha's Amusements has already said, a "clean" test result does not mean that you have not been exposed to, and contracted, HIV. It just means that, at the moment of testing, there has been no seroconversion yet. Seroconversion could literally occur just days after the test while you are unknowingly infecting other people in the interim.
11/29/2010
Tidwtrguy Tidwtrguy
Testing is important in life and in the porn industry but what just happened (with the adult actor testing HIV positive) is a good wake-up call for everyone. Regular STD testing is important and can help reduce transmission but with HIV, there is a 'latent' period where a person could be recently infected but the test doesn't detect it yet (depending on the type of test). Regular testing helps prevent transmission but condoms are a must.

In so many porn movies where they use condoms, they often don't show the actors putting the condoms on. Sometimes, the guys will have their hands strategically placed so it is hard to see if he is really wearing a condom or not. Porn studios should stop that stuff and show off the condoms; make putting them on part of the film and don't be afraid to let everyone see the guys are wearing them!

People will always like barebacking but they need to know, and the industry needs to show, that sex can be great with condoms too.
12/16/2010
FaerieLove FaerieLove
This does not surprise me in the slightest considering that the porn industry really has moved backwards when it comes to safe sex. In porn today condoms don't play a role, anal to vaginal sex occurs way too often , and really it's giving viewers the impression that safe sex isn't that important. Personally I would like to see the porn industry take more responsibility for their performers health and that of their viewers because though pornography is fantasy it does have a impact on younger viewers watching, and is teaching them that it is acceptable to act out un-safe sex.
09/05/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
I meant to click yes. As we should all know, birth control such as condoms will work most of the time- not all of the time. So of course, STDs are going to still be spread, no matter how many precautions are used. However, they would definitely reduce the STDs being spread around.

We also need to remember that drug abuse tends to be a serious problem as well, so long as actors are shooting up and such, they can still make themselves available to disease, and can further endanger themselves and their fellow actors.

However, until we have a birth control method that can control disease 110% of the time, sex workers are going to be placing themselves at risk. It's a risky job and those who become a part of it need to understand the risks involved
10/23/2011
KrazyKandy KrazyKandy
I think they should ALL wear condoms and if they have sex with anyone outside of the job they should get tested prior to having sex.

The only way I think condom-less sex should be allowed is when they are both tested and sign a contract that they can only have sex with each other until contact is over.
11/06/2011
Undead Undead
Quote:
Originally posted by Sleeping Dreamer
Los Angeles County health officials say there have been 22 confirmed HIV cases in industry performers since 2004. Read about it here: link
no there shouldnt
12/31/2011
switzerland switzerland
i don't know the ins and outs of the industry, but it's clear that safe sex is not practiced in porn. i like to think that the above stats will push companies and their stars to be more safe
12/31/2011
succulenthunny616 succulenthunny616
Wow. What type of question is that?
02/25/2012
TexasBrat TexasBrat
Quote:
Originally posted by Sleeping Dreamer
Los Angeles County health officials say there have been 22 confirmed HIV cases in industry performers since 2004. Read about it here: link
I said NO due to your wording. SHOULD there be an outbreak? Why should there be, as punishment? The wording was off, IMHO.

Would it surprise me that there was one? No.

However, they do get tested once a month for STDs (I'm reading Jenna Jameson's autobiography right now). However, in between testings, and false reads, anything's possible.
04/01/2012
xxSuzakuxx xxSuzakuxx
I'm not hoping for one but if they dont take proper precautions then its going to happen
01/23/2013
Boyfriend Boyfriend
no.
01/23/2013
Paradoxica Paradoxica
Adult film actors with any reputable company, have frequent and thorough STD testing. Much more so than the general population. Although there is always the possibility of testing negative before the STD antibodies are established in the body, and I don't know that I personally would be comfortable sleeping with a porn actor, they are probably having safer sex than a lot of people not working in the sex industry.
06/28/2013
xOhxSoxScandalousx xOhxSoxScandalousx
They get tested a lot so I would think probably not
06/28/2013
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