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September 10, 2013  | by: Neil Protacio
Flickr (NIAIDS)Four adult performers are said to have been infected by HIV.

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Four adult performers are said to have been infected by HIV.

 

The Los Angeles Times just broke the news of a domino effect happening in the porn industry: four adult performers have contracted the human immunodefieciency virus, known gravely as HIV. This comes at the heels of a huge legal battle that stems from a similar measure enacted by Los Angeles voters last year that required performers to use condoms.

“That’s not hot and it’ll affect our business,” argued no-condom advocates. And last year, when I had the opportunity to vote this measure in, I thought so too.

But the risks obviously outweigh the benefits.

Twitter (cams_funboxxx)The adult performer who goes by the screen name of Cameron Bay was the first of four performers who contracted HIV recently.

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The adult performer who goes by the screen name of Cameron Bay was the first of four performers who contracted HIV recently.

The billion dollar industry has seen its fair share of HIV and honestly, it shouldn’t be seeing any at all. One would think the companies could band together and iron out the kinks, but this doesn’t appear to be the case. As of 2009, the Los Angeles Times has reported that there have been 22 adult performers who have tested positive for HIV within five years. Who knows what the number is now? The industry seems to be operating in full swing at the expense of their most important component: their performers.

Currently, there is a moratorium on all adult production; however, something needs to be done once production resumes. Stricter testing policies should be in place and dare I say it, yes, condoms should be used. While employing stricter procedures may seem invasive to business, it’ll, at the very least, stint the disease from reaching other actors and actresses. Let’s not forget: porn stars, especially freelancers, have a whole lot of sex, and if they’re not having sex for money, they’re probably having sex with their boyfriends or girlfriends (or both). It’s human, but there are repercussions. It shouldn’t have to end with a life threatening disease.

In that same light, let the porn industry teach our millennial generation a lesson in casual sex: use protection and get tested frequently. The Center for Disease Control recommends that people ages 13-64 should test regularly for HIV, even more so for those who are sexually active or who engage in high risk activities. Rapid testing is available for those who need their results immediately.

If there’s anything we can take away from this whole fiasco, it’s that playing sexual Russian Roulette is not the way to go.

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