Friday, May 20, 2011

Prevent STDs like a porn star



Via CNN:

"When I'm with someone new, my primary bit of nervousness is I have no idea if they'll like me, or be attracted to me, or be interested in me," Ryan says. "It's sort of akin to a first date situation."

But this wasn't a first date -- it was strictly business. After chatting, Ryan and Wylde got to work, which in their case meant having sex. Ryan and Wylde (their stage names) are adult performers.

While hooking up with a new co-star can provoke some anxiety, there's one thing they're usually not anxious about: getting a sexually transmitted disease from their co-star, since both get tested for STDs at least once a month.

"Before you start shooting, you go online to see the other person's test results," Wylde explains. "Or sometimes on set, before you start, they show you the results on paper."

Such diligence about STDs is a good idea for anyone having sex with a new partner, even if you're not a porn star, says Dr. Craig Strafford, director of clinical research at the Holzer Clinic in Gallipolis, Ohio.

"It really shows they're thinking conscientiously," Strafford says. "I think it really works."

Talent Testing Service, which does STD screenings for adult performers, routinely tests for HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, according to Sixto Pacheco, president and CEO of the service. In addition, some performers opt for an additional panel of tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis.

So far, Ryan and Wylde say it's worked for them. Ryan says in her eight years as an adult performer -- she has about five sexual partners a month professionally -- she hasn't contracted a single STD. She says when she has sex with men outside work she always uses a condom. Wylde says about once a year he comes down with a case of chlamydia or gonorrhea.

I think this level of conscientiousness is good even for those of us who don't want to wear condoms or who may be HIV+. HIV is now considered a chronic disease but somewhat less harmful to you than, say, Diabetes. In this day and age, you most likely will NOT die of HIV.

However, there are other diseases that are either short-term yet can be rather painful (i.e. chlamydia, gonorrhea) or are chronic and painful (i.e. warts, herpes).

If you are having sex (condom or bare) with another person, I think we should quit pretending to be fainting flowers and be upfront. If you have sex with someone who is HIV+, it doesn't necessarily mean you will contract the disease (especially if that person has been on medication AND has had an undetectable viral load for 6+ months). In the same token, if you ARE having sex with someone who is HIV+ AND YOU have something, you could potentially spread that to your poz partner which will make their future treatment more precarious.

So, I guess, in all things knowledge knowledge knowledge.

Know what you have and what your partner has so you can make the right decisions for your one night together or your short or long term relationship.

2 comments:

RLH said...

Sound advice, Writer. I've had two serious, long-term boyfriends in my life, both of whom had HIV. Thankfully, I've managed not to contract it. And, I'm delighted that it's now considered a "chronic illness." I think we'll see a cure and / or vaccine in our lifetime.


Doc_Rob_59

Writer said...

I've had two HIV+ bfs as well. One was for 5 years.

I hope for a cure/vaccine but I worry that too many people make too much money by simply providing palliatives. :(