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August 8, 2011

MTV Not Responsible for HIV, STIs on Real World

The standard contract for cast members on MTV's reality show The Real World provides explicit references to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to The Village Voice's blog. Real World applicants must affirm that they don't have any STIs and that MTV is not responsible if participants acquire any STIs during the course of filming the show from either "consensual or non-consensual physical contact." The contract includes a laundry list of STIs to which this waiver applies, including HIV/AIDS, herpes and hepatitis.

To read the Voice blog, click here.

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Alan, Phoenix, 2011-08-10 00:39:45
Why is this even news? MTV should not be responsible for people's personal decisions. Unless there is coercion involved, why would MTV be liable if one of the cast members had unprotected sex and caught something?

J. Combs, Gaithersburg, MD, 2011-08-09 14:34:07
I quit watching MTV when the decent music video's stopped. I do believe though, MTV is putting people in harm's way. It doesn't matter about waiver's or consent, they know they are putting young peole at risk. MTV might be doing "the right thing" by education and the waiver's. But tell me, how many actually listen? How many "out here" listened, and thought it wouldn't happen to them, until it did?

MTV Get lost!, Seattle, 2011-08-09 10:53:44
That takes a lot of nerve for MTV to exclude people with HIV and AIDS from their show. Their most memorable season was San Francisco and the plight of Pedro Zamora. Glad I quit watching MTV years ago.

Harvett, East Cleveland, OH, 2011-08-09 10:18:29
MTV are not your parents nor your teachers, but then again it is called Real World, isn't that common sense.

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