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Nevada Considers Making Porn Stars Wrap It Up On Set

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Last month the porn film industry announced that two male performers in Nevada tested positive for HIV, and now state health officials are considering a law that would require all porn stars to wrap it up on set.

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From The Guardian:

Nevada health officials said on Friday that they are considering strict brothel-style regulations for a booming adult film industry following the announcement last month that two male performers tested positive for HIV following a video shoot in the state.

"The potential exists to require condoms and other barrier options in all sexual contact," state department of health and human services spokeswoman Mary Woods said in a statement.

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One dude visiting last week's Adult Video News Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino doesn't like the idea:

"I prefer no condoms," said Rob Tatka, a 29-year-old tourist from Chicago who collected a bag full of posters of his favorite stars to take home. "Porn is about fantasy," he said, "and honestly, no man wants to use one in real life."

But I think it's smart. You're already seeing tons of plastic in mainstream porn, a little more won't bite you.

California passed a similar law two years ago and the industry just up and moved to Nevada. Where will nomadic adult film business go now that Nevada might join California in banning the bare d?

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violet-baudelaire
Violet Baudelaire

It's a little more complicated than what your everyday dude likes when watching porn. Most performers are against them for safety, health, and choice reasons - especially female performers. Filming scenes can take hours, and condoms increase friction, micro tears, and pain in the vagina and anus. This means female stars would be able to work less and they'd suffer more. In addition, the above (length of time and friction) and the type of moves you usually see in porn (removing the penis completely then putting it back in) mean condoms have a higher rate of breaking or failing or getting trapped in the orifice. Then the performer is worse off than ever - since the micro tears make them more susceptible to infection.

In terms of safety- the porn industry has much much lower rates of STI than they the regular population. They are tested at least every 14 days, treated immediately, and they have a complete system of information to be accessed by filmmakers to confirm results and protocol in place to share information immediately about higher risk diagnoses.

I'm not saying I'm pro or con- but I am saying that it's not a straightforward issue. And when it comes to the autonomy of someone's body, I think listening to the people actually affected is incredibly important.