The porn industry in California has been rocked by an HIV scare, as two performers have recently tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. As a result, adult movie production there is under a two-month shutdown.
Mary Carey, a porn star who ran for governor of California, gave an interesting quote: ‘This is kind of a wake-up call for everybody.”
The article goes on to say that the last industry HIV scare was in 1999.
Porn stars must be very optimistic people. Considering that AIDS has been around now (at least officially) for about 20 years, and that sex seems to be an effective way of spreading HIV, the very idea that adult film stars could go five years between HIV scares is amazing!
I’m sure that condoms are more prevalent in adult films these days, but I don’t watch so I wouldn’t know for sure. (At least I’d like to think so.) I’m sure that there are regular tests done to screen “actors” and “actresses.” (I’d certainly like to think this is true.)
But I’m also sure that there are plenty of sexual activities going on in which HIV could be spread because no precaution is being taken. How people in that industry aren’t “scared” every time they get undressed is beyond me.