Condoms & Porn: should protection be required?

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The debate on whether porn producers should require actors to wear condoms has been long standing.  Even in today’s world where information on STDs is fairly well circulated and publicly available, there are people who end up with diseases, and I’m not talking about Chlamydia Pee-Wee League.  I’m talking about the HIV Major League.  For instance, porn star Rod Daily recently announced on Twitter that he was diagnosed with HIV, which occurred no less than two weeks after Cameron Bay (another porn star) announced she had a similar diagnosis.  Obviously, both stars had had unprotected sex with multiple people between the time they contracted the disease and their diagnosis; that suuuuuuuccckkkksss for those people!

To his credit, Daily has joined multiple efforts in encouraging sexually active adults to wear condoms and educate themselves on STDs.  Of all the adult production companies still churning out sex videos in the San Fernando Valley, only one requires its performers to wear condoms in the sex scenes it shoots, Wicked Pictures. The rest deem condom use “optional,” although female performers who insist upon condoms may find themselves working less than their counterparts who don’t. Generally, porn lore has it that male viewers at home don’t want to see condoms in their porn movies; theoretically, it “kills” the fantasy.

6a00d8341c630a53ef014e8b291ebc970d-600wiI do understand the idea of wanting to keep the fantasy alive.  However, at some point it becomes a matter of public health.  Recently, there have been steps toward changing the situation: a federal judge ruled that “a Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is constitutional.”   The battle is far from over as many porn producers are looking for new places to shoot their steamy scenes in order to bypass this new law.  Of course, there’s not too many places that have open arms for the adult film industry so good luck finding a new nest, pornies!

What do I think of all this?  I tend to think if you choose to be in the porn industry and not wear a condom, then you probably deserve a disease.  However, I also think we live in a society that imposes rules for the good of a larger population.  The rules aren’t always fair or even practical, but I do think they are necessary (because let’s be honest, most people are idiots and need guidance).  Do we really want people running around with AIDs just b/c they made a terrible, independent decision involving their genitals?  Your tax dollars will pay for their medical expenses; they are a drain on society.  And it’s not fair that people who want to “be safe” on the porn set are paid less or get less business.  At the very least, make incentives for the actors who want to use condoms: higher pay, free costumes, more lines, [whatever is considered good in the industry b/c frankly I don’t know].

What are your thoughts?  Strap On, then Hop On or Keep the Fantasy Alive?

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