Will the HIV scare in porn finally lead to mandatory condom use?

shut down the porn business for almost a month. When all was said and done, 14 performers were infected with HIV. In years past, these scares have caused a rash of condom use on films, and even prompted many people like Lisa Ann to leave the industry for a time. But the fears caused by these scares quickly fade. Currently the only adult company that requires condom use, though not for oral sex, is Wicked Pictures. Still, some may wonder how effective condom use during penetration will be at preventing diseases when the women receive a cum shower at the end of most scenes? Obviously protection can only go so far. Condoms can break, slip off, or not protect you completely from swapping fluids.  Just like being a part of the swinging community, if you choose to participate in porn you inherently take on the risk of exposing yourself to deadly diseases.


Sex workers and porn performers are only the most visible people susceptible to STDs. Some might even argue that pornstars have a lower risk due to the frequency of STD testing.  The reality is that anyone who has an active sex life is at risk, whether you use condoms during intercourse or not. Even though you're in a monogamous relationship remember that you're sleeping with all the people your partner has slept with, and all the people your partner's partner has slept with, and all the...


I'm not telling you to live in fear and avoid sex. Just waking up each morning carries certain risks. Sex is an important part of life and it inherently carries the risk of STDs, pregnancy, emotional trauma, etc.; but there are ways to reduce these risks. Use condoms, dental damns, and get tested every six months. The worst attitude is to think you're immune. Whether you're a serial dater, swinger, or just a casual sex enthusiast, you need to be responsible not only for yourself, but everyone you have sex with.


So, in light of this latest HIV scare, will the porn industry finally institute a mandatory condom use policy? And if so, will condom use during anal or vaginal intercourse be enough to prevent all instances of STD transmission? The problem is that porn companies argue that consumers don't want to see condoms in porn, that porn is a fantasy that for many people doesn't include condoms. I don't see what all the fuss is about. Most times you can't even see the condoms in porn, or feel them in real life. If anything, they help the men last longer and they allow both parties to relax and enjoy themselves knowing that they're being safe. If we want to live in a sexually liberated society, we must be more responsible when it comes to protecting ourselves and our loved ones. Sure porn is a fantasy, but there's no reason that fantasy shouldn't include condoms.


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Two of the biggest porn companies, Vivid Entertainment and Wicked Pictures, along with virtually every other big adult company has preemptively  stopped production for as long as a month after an unnamed adult performer tested positive for HIV Tuesday.

Actors are required to get tested for STDs at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation once every 30 days.  However, even if actors were required to test every week, the extended incubation period of some viruses like HIV may prevent accurate results. And there's always the possibility of an actor contracting the virus right before a scene.

This isn't the first time an HIV scare has occurred in the adult industry, and it won't be the last. In 2004 an HIV outbreak

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