Syphilis In Porn? No Big Deal

August 24, 2012 7

I’m sure the hardcore fans have heard about the syphilis outbreak in Los Angeles. This annoying STD is causing a film stoppage nationwide as the Free Speech Coalition (the porn trade group) suggests everyone stop and get tested.

The stoppage is voluntary for our industry. But California has laws that mandate the use of condoms by porn performers. Those laws are often sidestepped since they aren’t aimed specifically at the porn industry.

The nonprofit AIDS Healthcare was responsible for persuading Los Angeles city officials to adopt the condom requirement. Now, AIDS Healthcare is putting even more pressure to get officials to step up their requirements.

A ballot initiative will take place in November to require county officials to impose requirements for condoms on porn sets. This would apply to studio sound stages (since the current law does not).

Does this seem excessive to you? I understand the concern of AIDS Healthcare, but they’re really going overboard trying to impose a mandatory condom law on us. Since the sign of the first outbreak, our entire industry volunteered to stop production and get everyone tested. If you know anything about the industry, you know that’s costing us a lot of money. It wasn’t a light decision.

But no one is complaining because we’re happy to get rid of this syphilis crap. It’s an unfortunate consequence of what we do for a living, but it’s not unforeseen. We’ve dealt with STD’s before. Last year, production stopped for nearly a week after a performer tested positive for HIV.

In 2010, production was halted after Derrick Burts was diagnosed as HIV-positive. And back in 2004, five performers tested positive for HIV as well.

Each time something is found, we stop production and deal with the issue.

A requirement for wearing condoms is the first step in taking away our liberties. You mean the government is now going to tell us how we’re allowed to fuck?! 

C’mon. That’s not the America I know. The America I know has the freedom to let 2 (or more) consenting adults do whatever makes them happy. And if one of those adults contracts a disease from the escapade, it’s not another adult’s place to say “You need to wear a condom!” Really man, fuck off. Its no ones business but my own if I have an STD.

I could understand if porn actors were going around spreading it to everyone. But they’re not. We’re not. We’ve stopped a nationwide, multi-billion dollar industry in its tracks until the problem is fixed. It’s pretty self-righteous of organizations like AIDS Healthcare to tell grown consenting adults how to have sex.

Back off. Let us fix it. And wait for the porn to start up again.

 

PS: As my coworker B Nasty says, syphilis was only a big deal in the 19th century 😉

 

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