September 6, 2011

September 6, 2011
HIV Shuts Down Porn Industry

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you had a safe and great Labor Day weekend! It was a very busy one for Dab the AIDS Bear and me as we were very busy helping a friend in her time of need.

Did you hear about the latest scandal in California involving HIV and the porn industry?

A porn actor's positive HIV test, which prompted temporary shutdown of Los Angeles' billion dollar adult film industry Monday night has reignited the debate over mandatory condom use in X-rated productions.

The HIV scare comes less tan one month after the launch of a new online sexual health database aimed at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among porn actors through mandatory testing. To be listed in the database - a requisite for getting work - porn actors must get tested every 30 days and present a clean bill of health. But critics say routine testing does not prevent STDs from creeping in.

Testing is not a substitute for condom use and it never will be. No test can detect HIV from the moment of infection because there will always be a window period which will not reflect recent infection.

The Free Speech Coalition, the industry trade group behind the database, announced the positive HIV test and requested the voluntary production moratorium Monday.

The positive test results will be confirmed by more sensitive testing methods, but details of the case, including the performer's name, age and sex, will not be released. It is also unclear how many sexual partners might be at risk.

The average American male has seven female sexual partners in a lifetime. Bit it is possible for a male to have seven sexual partners in a single day on a porn movie set. Because this is a network that is kind of inbred, the spread of disease could be exponential.

There is a push for mandatory condom use in the making of adult films. It is a move that is met with strong resistance from the industry itself.

If the market would accept condom positive movies then the companies say they would be making them. They say the fact is consumers do not want that.

The market will always trump regulation. If you make it so California based productions cannot compete in the market, you will just drive the productions out of the state.

So what do you think on this issue? Drop me a line and let me know.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab