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Porn Remains Mostly Condom-Free

Posted by Condomologist on May 19, 2009

ABC News revisits the question of condom use in porn during this year’s Adult Entertainment Expo. The story makes clear that most studio porn video releases will remain condom-free to cater to an audience that shuns protected sex, but at least the industry has greatly stemmed the tide of HIV transmission with regular PCR/DNA HIV tests of its performers that can detect the virus far sooner than typical HIV antibody tests — generally in about 2 weeks after one contracts it. Two things that struck me were the general disregard — especially amongst entertainers — for other STDs that can be contracted not using condoms (chlamydia and gonorrhea, in particular) and the failure to mention that a good deal of porn being made today comes from outside the California industry — at least a lot of what I come across in my “studies.” The awareness is apparent, but the unwillingess to increase condom use in porn is just one example of the fact that we in the sexual health field must understand that increased condom availability is just one piece of the puzzle; a good many everyday citizens also know full well the risks they’re taking with unprotected sex and simply decide, for many different reasons, that rubbers just aren’t their thing. In porn, they’re just not very realistic, so better to focus on the best testing methods and other forms of risk reduction — such as withdrawal — when it comes to pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

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