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Condoms in Porn

Posted by Condomologist on February 19, 2009

This from a study just released at UCLA:

“We compared the prevalence of condom use during a variety of sexual acts portrayed in adult films produced for heterosexual and homosexual audiences to assess compliance with state Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations. Methods. We analyzed 50 heterosexual and 50 male homosexual films released between August 1, 2005, and July 31, 2006, randomly selected from the distributor of 85% of the heterosexual adult films released each year in the United States. Results. Penile-vaginal intercourse was protected with condoms in 3% of heterosexual scenes. Penile-anal intercourse, common in both heterosexual (42%) and homosexual (80%) scenes, was much less likely to be protected with condoms in heterosexual than in homosexual scenes (10%vs 78%; P<.001).No penile-oral acts were protected with condoms in any of the selected films. Conclusions. Heterosexual films were much less likely than were homosexual films to portray condom use, raising concerns about transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, especially among performers in heterosexual adult films. In addition, the adult film industry, especially the heterosexual industry, is not adhering to state occupational safety regulations.”

 

This is good news, I guess, for the gay porn industry, in terms of promoting safer sex — but only when compared to the straight porn genre, seriously lacking in any regard for public health. As someone who has been known to watch straight porn now and then, I quickly realized after reading this abstract that they’re just giving us what we want. There’s something about watching unprotected sex that seems more…I don’t know…sexy, intimate, dirty, just plain enjoyable — and I’m guessing I’m not alone. The question is, Do I feel this way because it’s what I’m conditioned to — we rarely watch a mainstream movie with sex in it where condoms are discussed or are present in sex scenes — or is it something inate that makes condomless sex more appealing. Regardless, apparently testing their actors for HIV every 30 days is good enough for most major studios; Vivid Entertainment rescinded its condoms-only policy to one of condoms-optional a few years back, and Wicked Entertainment remains the only major adult film company to remain condoms-only. But with so many viewers getting free porn online at Redtube or Youporn or Pornhub — none of which are affiliated with any actors, but rather show clips from a variety of sources — it’s hard to imagine the porn world (or atleast the straight one) being at the forefront of public health initiatives anytime soon. This is unfortunate considering heterosexual sex is the main form of HIV transmission worldwide and heterosexual women are the population most rapidly rising in terms of HIV acquistion. But then, I wouldn’t expect porn to be the voice of reason anytime soon. Their job is to entertain us, and they do a pretty good job at that.

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One Response to “Condoms in Porn”

  1. […] by Jonathan on February 23, 2009 I posted recently on a recent study looking at the use of condoms in porn. Chi Chi Larue, ne Larry David […]

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