Entries in Condoms (12)


Porn Industry Against Mandatory Condom Measure

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A ballot measure mandating that porn stars wear condoms in adult films passed with 56 percent of the vote in Los Angeles County this week, but the adult film industry in California says it already has a system to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases -- and it's better than latex.

The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, will require performers to wear condoms during vaginal and anal intercourse, something industry leaders and their employees think is unnecessary because studios require performers to submit to mandatory STD testing every 14 or 28 days.  If they aren't STD-free, they can't be entered into the industry-wide sexual health database, and they're banned from performing.

"The adult industry takes this very seriously.  This is how we survive as an industry," said Steve Hirsch, who founded porn production company Vivid Entertainment in 1984 and argues that Measure B is unnecessary.  "This is how these performers make a living.  We're talking about their lives."

He said Measure B is a "solution looking for a problem."

Spearheaded by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Measure B also requires adult film producers to complete a blood-borne pathogen training course, post compliance signs on set, and cover fees for periodic inspections.

The Free Speech Coalition, the adult film industry trade group, has already written a letter to Los Angeles County to say compliance with measure B has "excessive costs," is unconstitutional and should not fall to local government to decide.  The letter said FSC will "challenge this intolerable law in court," and may move its billion dollar industry elsewhere.

Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of California Los Angeles, spoke at an AHF press conference following Measure B's passage.  He said recent surveys and studies proved that adult performers are 8 to 15 times more likely to contract an STD than anyone else.  He also said current industry testing practices are insufficient because they miss herpes simplex, as well as Chlamydia and gonorrhea in the throat or anus.

"This is really a victory for common sense," said Whitney Engeran-Cordova, a senior director at AHF, during the conference.  "I hope that the production directors and performers and all of the industry realize it was not only the voters who passed this.  It was also customers."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Test a Condom, Win a Year’s Supply

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Want to be a condom tester and share your findings with the world?  You may want to hop on a plane to Brazil, where the non-profit group DKT International is hosting its fourth condom tester contest.

Participants log on to a DKT website where they note they used the group’s low-priced, Prudence brand condoms and share their experiences with the product.  The 100 best consumer stories will receive free condoms for a year.

DKT hopes nontraditional marketing efforts like the condom tester program will help counter cultural stigmas against using contraception.

“Contraception is more controversial than sex,” says Phil Harvey, founder and president of DKT International.

Those participating in the contest haven’t shied away from sharing some racy details, but if you want to read them, you’ll need to brush up on your Portuguese or use a translation tool.  [Click here to check out the site]

So far, more than 3,000 stories have been submitted from Brazil as well as other countries.  With the help of the program, DKT has sold more than one billion condoms in Brazil.

DKT markets and sells low-cost condoms in low-income countries with the help of donations from private organizations.

The group reports on the condom tester program this week at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., which it co-hosted with several other not-for-profit groups.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Intimate Moments End Too Soon, Many Americans Say

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new survey finds a majority of Americans believe a healthy sex life makes them a better, husband, wife or partner, but half of the respondents admit feeling dissatisfied with the duration of their bedroom escapades.

A survey commissioned by Durex, the condom maker, finds 37 percent of Americans admitting that their intimate moments end too quickly.  On the flip side, 14 percent of male and female respondents said their bedroom sessions last longer than they would like.

Additional findings from the Durex survey:

  • 33 percent of women fantasize about meeting for a sexual rendezvous on the Eiffel Tower, while 31 percent of men prefer the power setting of the White House.
  • 46 percent of respondents believe they are more likely to see Big Foot than “finish” at the same time as their partner.

The Durex survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted by Wakefield Research.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Condom Codes Let Users ‘Check In’ to Safe Sex

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest(NEW YORK) -- Call it the digital version of a tie on the doorknob. A new website lets the tech savvy tell the world when (and where) they’re having safe sex.

To celebrate National Condom Week (Feb. 14 to Feb. 21), Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest dispersed 55,000 condoms at community colleges and universities in western Washington. Each condom wrapper had a sticker with a QR barcode, which could be scanned with a smartphone to check in to to  let people know they’re having safe sex.

“ is like Foursquare for people who don’t want a sexually transmitted infection,” PPGNW said on its website.

Visitors to the site can spill the details of their latest sexual encounters -- anonymously -- providing their gender, sexual orientation, age and location at the time of their tryst.  The location can be a street address, or get somewhat juicier with such details as "Kitchen," "the Great Outdoors” or “In a hot tub.”  Visitors can also note whether they’ve talked with their partners about condom use and STDs.

The site’s interactive map keeps exact locations somewhat hidden, marking a check-in within three or four blocks of the actual location.

According to the site’s map, the condoms have already traveled from coast to coast and to six continents.

Nathan Engebretson, PPGNW’s new media coordinator, said the site has already had 65,000 visitors and 4,500 check-ins, with 20 percent of the traffic coming from mobile devices.

While the project may seem to be just another social media example of TMI, Engebretson said the point was to get people talking about safe sex, and to “normalize” and celebrate condom use.

“This isn’t about bragging. It’s not about digital notches in your bedpost,” Engebretson told ABC News. “Even if people have no desire to check in, they’re still getting the sense of how many people like them use condoms.”

PPGNW’s target audience was college students and 20-somethings, a group more likely to use social media -- and condoms. A 2010 study from sexual health researchers at Indiana University found that U.S. teenagers and young adults were more likely to use condoms during sex than Americans over age 40.

But Engebretson said PPGNW wants to know more about what makes people use condoms, or not. He said the next phase of the project would be to analyze the data from various groups and tailor a marketing campaign to work more condoms into sex for those people.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Boyfriends' Money Affects Teen Girls' Condom Use

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- Teen girls whose primary source of spending money comes from their boyfriends are less likely to use condoms, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine obtained data from an HIV prevention study that included 715 African-American teen girls in the Atlanta area.

Almost a quarter of the females, ages 15 to 22, attending family-planning centers said their primary source of spending money was from their boyfriends, rather than from their parents, grandmothers or jobs.  The teens were 10 percent more likely not to have used condoms in the previous 60 days.

Few girls reported using other methods of contraception, researchers said. Also, girls whose boyfriends owned cars were also about 50 percent more likely not to use condoms than those whose boyfriends did not own cars.

"After matching the groups on over 75 characteristics, the teens whose primary source of spending money was their boyfriend were still 50 percent more likely not to use condoms, and they were less likely to respond to the HIV prevention intervention," said Janet Rosenbaum, lead author of the study and research faculty at the Maryland Population Research Center in College Park.

Women with less relationship bargaining power -- and hence limited ability to insist on safe sex -- are particularly at risk of condom non-use, the authors wrote.

In a way, these girls are trading unsafe sex for money, Rosenbaum said, even though most of them reported being in long-term and monogamous relationships.

"Medical interventions alone will not cure or solve the problem of nonuse of condoms," said Dr. Paula Hillard, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford School of Medicine.  "We need societal changes and changes in the messages we provide to adolescent girls. ...We need to provide alternative messages about power and self-efficacy that will counter the tendency to succumb to coercive relationships and unsafe sex."

To counter these societal norms, Rosenbaum said clinicians must consider teens' economic circumstances when conducting safe sex interventions.

"Teens may act unwisely in order to meet their material needs and wants," Rosenbaum said.  "Interventions and clinicians may need to concentrate not just on safe sex behavior but also on helping teens to evaluate their needs versus wants."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


L.A. Votes to Mandate Condom Use in Porn

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles city lawmakers voted Tuesday 11-to-1 to require condoms for people who work in the City of Angel’s prolific porn industry.

If the preliminary ordinance is confirmed, porn stars must wear proper protection and film companies will have to pay a fee to cover the costs of enforcement and inspections.

The council also plans to gather a group from local law enforcement, workplace agencies and the city attorney’s office to decide on how to implement the new regulation.

The issue came up last month when the AIDS Healthcare Foundation collected more than 70,000 signatures (41,000 were needed to have the measured considered) to propose a citywide vote, or a decision from the city council, on mandatory condom use.

Existing rules required porn stars to test negative for HIV and other STDs within 30 days of filming. Many people argued that such standards were not enough, especially because HIV often does not show up in tests until months after a person contracts the virus.

Many people in the adult entertainment industry argued that mandatory condom use would destroy the fantasy associated with pornography.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Mandatory Condom Use for Porn Stars?

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles residents may soon vote on whether condom use should be mandatory in the City of Angels’ prolific porn industry.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an organization that spearheaded the proposal, collected more than 70,000 signatures which were certified by the city clerk on Tuesday. The number of signatures is far more than the 41,000 needed to have the issue considered for city voting.

Under current law, porn stars must test negative for HIV and other STDs within 30 days of filming. Many argue that even the current law should be modified because HIV often does not show up in tests until months after a person contracts the virus.

Many in the adult entertainment industry argue that mandatory condom use would destroy the fantasy associated with pornography.

While LA residents would vote on the issue during the presidential primary in June, the Los Angeles Times reported that the proposal still faces legal challenges. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich filed court documents earlier this month that said the state, not the city, has the only legal authority to impose condom use on porn sets.

But Ellen Widess, head of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said the proposal is a legal possibility.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Study: More Teenagers Use Condoms During Their First Experience

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- More teenage males are engaging in safer sex according to a new survey from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, which found significantly more males were using condoms during their first experience.

HealthDay reports that since 2002, there has been a 9 percent increase in young males who reported using a condom the first time they had sex, with 80 percent now taking that precaution. The survey also found a 6 percent increase in males using a condom in with a female partner on some form of hormonal birth control.

"That helps explain why the teen birth rate has lowered," said survey author Gladys Martinez, a statistician with the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. The teen birth rate hit an historic low of 39.1 births per 1,000 teenaged females in 2009 -- a 37 percent decrease from a peak rate of 61.8 births per 1,000 teenaged females in 1991.

The study surveyed adults and children, including 4,662 teenagers during 2006-10, and found that 43 percent of females who'd never been married said they'd had sex at least once, compared with 42 percent of males.

While the new numbers about safer sex practices among teenagers are promising, Jennifer Manlove, a senior research scientist with the non-profit research organization Child Trends, said "there's still room to improve," especially when it comes to consistent use of birth control.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Gay Men's Sexual Health Study Called Waste of Taxpayer Money YORK) -- A study on gay men's penis size and sexual health made headlines this week -- not because of its findings but rather its funding source: taxpayers.

The study, which linked penis size to sexual position preference as well as physical and psychological well-being, was published in the June 2010 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.  But more than a year later, the Traditional Values Coalition, The Daily Caller and Fox News condemned the study as a frivolous use of taxpayer money.

"We've got nameless, faceless bureaucrats who thought this was a good use of taxpayer money," Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, told the Daily Caller.  "But, at the end of the day, it was the NIH [National Institutes of Health] directors who signed off on it.  These nameless, faceless bureacrats [sic] seem to think the American taxpayers are a limitless ATM machine."

The NIH maintains it did not directly fund the study, nor did it approve the research.  It did, however, provide a training grant for research into AIDS and HIV prevention for the study's lead author, Christian Grov.

"This study was funded by the Hunter College Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training," a spokeswoman for the NIH told ABC News in an email.  "Dr. Christian Grov was supported as a postdoctoral research fellow at the time the research was conducted by a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded training grant, which focuses on preparing behavioral scientists, especially racial/ethnic minorities, to conduct research in the areas of drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and crime.  These funds can only be used to support expenses like stipends, tuition and fees.  These funds cannot be used to support research projects."

The training grant supported Grov while he studied a range of sexual health issues among men who have sex with men -- a group that it is disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Now an assistant professor of health and nutrition services at City University of New York's Brooklyn College, Grov defended his research, explaining that it has important implications for reducing HIV transmission.

"At the moment, the male latex condom is the best barrier to prevent transmitting HIV and [sexually transmitted infections]," he said.  "The one-size-fits-all approach to condom distribution may not meet the needs of men who fall outside the range of the typical condom."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Does Your Sex Life Measure Up?

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A new survey commissioned by the condom manufacturer Trojan claims the average American adult has sex 120 times a year.

The survey also found that Americans in the Northeast engage in sex most often, while residents in the South have sex the least often.

Additional findings from Trojan:

  • 71 percent of men say they want more sex, compared with 55 percent of women.
  • 19 percent of Americans have engaged in sexting.
  • 18 percent of Americans have had sex with someone they met online.
  • 10 percent of respondents have chatted with others about sex on Facebook, Twitter, or both.
  • Men are more likely to discuss their sex lives online than women, 15 percent to 6 percent, respectively.

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