There is so much that I want to say about this new HIV case in adult entertainment but I don’t know where to start.  Everything about it is rubbing me the wrong way from the hate that I am hearing against gay performers to AHF doing everything they can to keep their name in the press.  40,000 new cases of HIV every year and they are worried about the one case that comes out of the Adult Industry this year.  What about the other 39,999 people who contracted HIV?  Aren’t they news worthy?  Aren’t they worth the time, effort and money that AHF is putting into harassing adult performers and their health care center?  So what if porn gets regulated and performers have to wear condoms.  One case of HIV or less is prevented a year while 39,999 other people are still contracting it.  I am sure that AHF has some sort of agenda and that they are focusing on the Adult Industry because as a society people tend to look down on sex workers and porn.  It’s an easy target that will get the most attention.

I am very amazed at the amount of hate and misinformation I have heard through all this.  Some performers are saying that guys who perform in gay movies shouldn’t be allowed to perform in straight movies.  It’s ironic in a way that no one has a problem with girls having sex with girls but they do guys having sex with guys.  Explain this double standard to me please in a way that I will understand it and believe it.   Anyway, some people are saying that gay studios don’t test for STD’s while others are saying they do.  I don’t know what side I believe.  What I do believe is that the larger studios, both gay and straight, who care about their talent, test.  There are always going to be smaller studios with questionable practices who are more interested in profit and will hire anyone no questions asked.  No matter what the business, there is always going to be a dark side to it that once people hear about it is going to taint it’s reputation.  Porn isn’t alone in this.  We just hear about porn more because it’s sex for money and it makes headlines.  When someone hears something about the adult industry they take notice either because they are fans or because they hope to hear something that will close it down forever.

HIV is not a gay disease.  It’s spread by contact with bodily fluids.  People get it from unprotected sex – not just gay sex – unprotected sex.  (A side note: did you know that nonoxynol-9, the most common spermicide, may facilitate the transmission of HIV?)  People get it from sharing drug needles.  People get it from unclean tattoo needles because they were too cheap to go to a tattoo studio and let a friend of a friend who works out of his basement tattoo them with needles that weren’t properly sterilized (this is also a good way to get Hep C and staph infections).  Mothers pass it on to their babies during birth or by breast milk.  In the 80’s, before blood could be tested, people got HIV from blood transfusions.

Yes, I recognize that HIV is most prevalent in the gay population.  It’s also more predominant in the black/African-American population.   I don’t hear anyone calling HIV a black disease.  Maybe because, by law, we aren’t allowed to discriminate against people because of their skin color but we can still discriminate based on sexuality.  Case in point, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy with the military.  It’s interesting to note that fewer HIV cases are being diagnosed in intravenous drug users.  They are being more responsible than those having high-risk sex.  Does anyone else find this ironic?

So, someone in porn tested positive for HIV.  Reports say that no one else has been infected.  Instead of this being good news and anyone getting praise for catching it before infection spread and using this as a learning experience to promote HIV testing, AIM and the industry as a whole are being criticized for this, that and the other.  Again we are hearing that condoms need to be mandatory in porn, that OSHA needs to get involved, that the industry needs to be regulated more.  Porn is outright being blamed for this case of HIV.  It was never said that Patient Zero caught HIV on set.  Everyone seems to forget that these people have personal lives and that they have sex outside of work.

39,999 people other than this porn performer will be diagnosed with HIV this year.  Maybe we should start regulating everyone’s sex lives.  Better yet, who remembers Demolition Man and how Sandra Bullock told Stallone that sex was outlawed because of STD’s?  If they were to have sex it was by virtual reality helmets and to have babies they had to go to special labs.  Maybe we should adopt those practices.

Seriously though, I want to know what makes a porn performer’s HIV case more special than all the other cases each year?  What I have gotten out of all this is that only 1 in 40,000 HIV cases is newsworthy.

As far as everyone saying that if condoms became mandatory in porn people would quit buying the product because it ruins the fantasy I think is a big overreaction.  Yea, there are those die-hards who want nothing to do with condoms in porn.  Chances are you couldn’t pay those people to use condoms in real life either.  Think about it a moment.  Porn allows us to be voyeurs.  If any one of us were walking in the woods and came across two people having sex and we were able to watch undetected, because we are voyeurs to some extent, we would.  We also would not walk away and not watch if one of those people pulled out a condom.  Personally, I don’t really notice if people in movies are wearing condoms or not.  It doesn’t take away from the movie or ruin a sex scene.  The only way I notice a condom is if attention is drawn to it.  In the real world some people use condoms and some people don’t.  It doesn’t change sex.

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