This is kind of a funny question although I do mean it in the most serious of ways. I was just thinking about porn and the ones I have seen. In pornography none of the people involved use any protection besides condoms on a penis. And it seems to me that these people who in fact are real live people engage in many different sexual activities with many different partners. Do the companies that produce the videos/magazines etc test all of there actors before allowing them to engage in sexual acts? I was just wondering if anyone knows how that works.
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Some companies do, some don't, and this has been a huge issue in the adult industry, especially given an HIV outbreak in the US industry fairly recently.
But most porn producers do NOT require testing (and to boot, even for those who do, some of the more benign STIs would not keep a performer out, even though it poses a hazard). All the worse, most porn performers willing to do film without latex barriers get paid more than those who insist on it, so the incentive is for people NOT to be safe.
It's fairly safe to say that most porn producers are not all that concerned with public health, or for the health and well-being of their actors. They care about making money.
Most of the porn made in America is made in the San Fernando Valley (the good ol' 818). There is a nonprofit organisation in Sherman Oaks called AIM (Adult Industry Medical Foundation) and they specifically target sex workers and offer them testing and treatment. Many porn companies contract exclusively with AIM for monthly testing of actors. However, AIM isn't without its fair share of problems. Their labs are kinda slow at reporting back to us at the health department fo reportable diseases. But they're still a boon to the industry.
...just to add on to that, so it doesn't go without notice, AIM was started by a woman, Dr, Sharon Mitchell, who used to be a very visible porn actor herself, and moved into sexual health and this arena.
It has been her efforts and advocacy which has gotten adult companies to use the services of AIM at all.
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