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High STD Rates: Condom Use May Become Mandatory in Porn Movies

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Pornography is a huge industry in this country. Primarily based in the San Fernando Valley in California, porn movies make far more money annually than Hollywood or made-for-TV movies. The supply of porn (either online, on DVDs or pay-per-view television) is huge because the demand is huge. Despite the controversy that the topic of porn brings, the fact remains that Americans are huge consumers of porn and their appetite is growing.

Porn generally is “bareback” – meaning no condoms are used. Consumers simply don’t want to see condoms in these movies. Porn actors are tested every month for sexually transmitted diseases and many do test positive for diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, and herpes because they have multiple partners in between tests and many of these diseases/infections take several months to show up in tests. STDs are found in about 25 percent of porn actors, which is no more than the general public, although for some unknown reason infections of gonorrhea and chlamydia are huge – seven times more than the general population. So no matter the testing, these two diseases are running rampant in the industry. Testing doesn't stop the spread of STDs - it merely does its best to diagnose them.

An HIV diagnosis in the porn industry usually brings filming to a temporary standstill in the studio/s involved, while partners before, during and after the diagnosis are found and tested. But within a few months, it’s back to business as usual. An HIV diagnosis is now rare in the porn industry, with only five documented cases since 2004. Before 2004, many cases of HIV were documented, particularly in women.

The last case of HIV caused the closing of a main testing clinic in the San Fernando Valley, causing actors to test in other places, and tracking of results has become more difficult. Local government has now decided that the high rates of STDs in the industry are unacceptable and is fighting to enforce condom use in porn.

Condom use has been a controversial topic for many years in the industry.

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I just want to tell the people that you are not alone even when you have an STD! There are so many people who have the same situation as you.

Also, there are many online communities for you to find support and dating! I recommend you to read the STD inspirational stories on the largest STD support and dating site STDslove. com. Hope that you find the stories helpful and informative.

February 15, 2011 - 4:28am
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