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Old 06-13-2009, 09:16 AM   #1
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HIV in Adult Film workers

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Yupp - looks like someone wasn't paying attention, and Porn workers are being found to have contracted H.I.V.

That's the NewYork Times, so you may have to sign in to read it. But basically, since 2004, 22 porn workers have been found to have contracted H.I.V.

Health officials in Los Angeles said Friday that 22 actors in adult sex movies had contracted H.I.V. since 2004, when a previous outbreak led to efforts to protect pornography industry employees.

The officials accused an industry-supported health clinic of failing to cooperate with state investigations and of failing to protect not only industry workers but their sexual partners as well.

“We have an industry that is exposing workers to life-threatening diseases as part of their employment,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County. “That is outrageous and anachronistic. These infections are virtually entirely preventable.”
Makes me wonder if there's some sort of taboo about wearing a condom in a porn-flick.

This guy seems to think it doesn't matter:

“Performers have the right to choose to use or not use condoms,” Mr. Hirsch said. “They’re adults; they know what industry they’re in.”
While this guy thinks condoms whould be used more often:

“This industry has been putting actors at risk for a very long time,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. “And they’re sending a terrible message to young people that the only kind of sex that’s hot is unsafe sex.”
I confess myself not terribly surprised by this news. Though I had always thought - perhaps naively - that H.I.V and A.I.D.S checks were done as part of the job description, I mean, who would knowingly risk that many lives, just to make a porn-flick?

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Charles Darwin.
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:34 AM   #2
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Maybe it's because so many devout catholics end up doing porn.

You can always turn tricks for a few extra bucks. If looks are an issue, there's the glory hole option, but don't expect more than ... tips.
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