A female pornstar has tested positive for HIV, which brings back memories from 2004 when a male performer tested positive and shut the entire industry down amidst safety concerns. In actuality, the adult film industry as a hole- er, whole- has done very well with their testing programs for HIV.

The article on Poz, linked above, reports that there is concern over the high incidence of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections and how that plays into the push for mandatory condom use in all adult entertainment movies. Well, unless the industry is really covering up HIV infections, you have to take your jimmyhat off to them. Think about it- how many acts of unprotected sex have been performed by routinely (every 30 days) tested “actors”? To have one infection in 5 years is something to be applauded, not criticized.

Health officials are cracking down.  But if California is worried about sexually transmitted infections, then what’s holding them back from invading every college campus in the state?  I’m sure that all of the campuses in California combined are reporting more than 60 to 80 new cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections a month.

To me, the best thing for adult film stars is to have comprehensive education about how to protect themselves off set, when they are engaging in sexual acts with people whose jobs do not require STI testing.  And the best thing for college students? 

Take a lesson in HIV testing from a pornstar.

Positively Yours,
Shawn
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