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Friday
Nov092012

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

Friday
Jun292012

Man Plagued by Porn-Induced Headaches

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI, India) -- A man plagued by porn-induced headaches has to take painkillers 30 minutes before watching the X-rated movies, according to a case study. The unnamed "unmarried male software professional," 24, complained of "severe, exploding" headaches that developed gradually and peaked 10 minutes into the sexy scenes.

"Progressively, he started to refrain from viewing videos as a means of avoiding headaches," researchers from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in New Delhi, India, wrote in the case study published in the June issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.

The cause of the man's ill-timed headaches, triggered only by porn and not by sex or masturbation, is unclear.

"This guy is interesting because he's just watching porn and not actually having sex," said Dawn Buse, associate professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of behavioral medicine at the Montefiore Headache Center in New York. "But he probably still gets aroused and excited, which may be even worse than having sex because there's no release."

Buse said about one percent of the population -- mostly males -- gets headaches associated with sexual activity. But even arousal can cause changes in muscle tension, nerve sensitivity and blood flow in the brain that boost the perception of pain, she said.

"It makes sense," she said. "There's definitely blood pumping through his head and his body."

Like exercise-induced headaches, sex headaches are nothing more than a nuisance, easily negated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Buse said. But in rare cases, the pain can signal something more serious, like a brain tumor or an aneurysm.

"If someone has a stiff neck, dizziness or confusion along with the pain, they should talk to a doctor," Buse said.

The man, ready to abandon his porn-watching ways, was instead advised to take 400 milligrams of ibuprofen and 500 milligrams of acetaminophen 30 minutes in advance, to which, according to the study, "he reported significant pain relief."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May082012

Is the Internet Driving Porn Addiction Among School-Aged Kids?

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nathan Haug is an upstanding high school student, on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout.  He has a high GPA, serves on the student council and swims competitively.  But Haug had a secret he kept hidden from his family and friends during his early teen years -- he suffered from an addiction to online pornography.

This 17-year-old from Alpine, Utah, is one of eight children, and one of the oldest still living at home.  He said his habit of looking at pornography on the Internet started when he was around 12 or 13 years old.

"It was kind of there, uninterrupted," he said.  "I became almost numb to it.  It became such a part of, pretty much my daily routine.  It was automatic."

And Haug is far from alone.  There is still little research on how many U.S. kids are addicted to online pornography, but a University of New Hampshire study reports exposure begins young -- for some, as young as 8 years old.

Of course, pornography isn't new.  But it's a quantum leap from a world where pornography came in magazines and on tape, to where it's available on our smartphones and tablets -- or at the click of a mouse.

The warning signs for those who become addicted may include depression, poor school performance, self-isolation and lying.

While the American Psychological Association has not yet classified pornography as a listed addiction, some professionals working in the field are treating it as such.  Psychotherapist Matt Bulkley in Saint George, Utah, treats teenagers exclusively, some of whom have committed sexual offenses and some who are just hooked.

"A lot of times the pornography becomes a coping style," Bulkley said.  "It becomes a way that they deal with negative emotions in their life, pornography provides a euphoria.  It provides a high, of sorts."

Bulkley estimated that in the next five to 10 years, as the next generation moves into adolescence, online pornography addiction will become an epidemic.

Some studies show that seven out of 10 teens have been accidentally exposed to pornography online.  Boys are more likely to view it, but more girls are getting hooked too.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec282011

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

Tuesday
Sep062011

Porn Actor Retests HIV-Negative after Industry Shutdown

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- An adult film performer whose positive HIV test prompted the shutdown of Los Angeles' billion-dollar porn industry last week has been retested and does not have the virus, an industry trade group announced.

“This is good news for the primary patient, the industry will continue to be abundantly cautious as we try to nail down the reasons for what now appears to have been a false positive result on a previous test,” Free Speech Coalition executive director Diane Duke said in a statement.

"After discussion with our medical expert, he has advised that it would be appropriate for production to resume," she added.

HIV tests detect antibodies to the virus in a person's blood.  But because they are developed to be especially sensitive, they can sometimes generate a false positive result, according to the World Health Organization.  Therefore, positive results must be confirmed by another test method.

The HIV scare came less than one month after the Free Speech Coalition launched a new online sexual health database aimed at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among porn actors through mandatory testing.  To be listed in the database -- a requisite for getting work -- porn actors must get tested every 30 days and present a clean bill of health.  But critics say routine testing does not prevent STDs from creeping in.

"Testing is not a substitute for condom use, and it never will be," said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles.  "No test can detect HIV from the moment of infection.  There will always be a window period," which might not reflect recent infection.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is pushing for mandatory condom use in the making of adult films -- a move that's been met with strong resistance from the industry itself.

"If the market would accept condom-positive movies, that's what we would all be making.  The fact is consumers don't want that," Christian Mann, general manger of Evil Angel Productions and unpaid Free Speech Coalition board member, told ABC News when the database launched.

"The market will always trump regulation," said Mann.  "If you make it so California-based productions cannot compete in the market, you'll just drive production out of the state."

But Weinstein insists that worker safety should not be optional.

"You can't dangle from a 30-story building from a rope; you have to wear a harness," he said.  "The idea that hurting these performers is a matter of freedom of expression is simply wrong."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug022011

Sexual Health Database Protects Porn Stars' Privacy

Comstock/Thinkstock(CANOGA PARK, Calif) -- The Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult entertainment industry, has launched an online database that lists pornography performers who are sexually-transmitted disease-free and available for work.

The database, called Adult Production Health & Safety Services, is accessible only by producers, performers and their agents. It replaces a database operated by AIM Medical Associates, which was shut down in May after the site was hacked and performers' private medical information was leaked online.

Proponents say the new database will safeguard performers' sexual health as well as their privacy. But critics say it promotes unsafe sex.
"I think the message is going out to people, particularly young people, that the only kind sex that's hot is unsafe," said Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. Weinstein's organization has lobbied for mandatory condom use in adult films despite pushback from performers who favor mandatory routine testing.

But performers say the database, requiring a negative STD test every 30 days for a listing, gives them the information they need to protect themselves.

Some production companies, however, won't hire performers that insist on condoms because consumers won't buy the product. They worry that mandating condom use would drive the industry underground and make it less safe.

For Nina Hartley, a performer of 27 years, and a sex expert with a degree in nursing, condoms make on-set sex uncomfortable and, she argues, more dangerous. But off-set it's a different story.

"I would say it's different in a civilian population," said Hartley. "But public health is not served by forcing a small group of professionals to use condoms instead of being tested."

Hartley has strong words for those who say pornography without condoms promotes unsafe sex.
"It's not the job of adult entertainers to be educating people about safe sex practices," she said, adding that the "ignorance-based abstinence-only model of sexual education" does little to promote safe sex either.

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Monday
Jul112011

Porn Addicts Find Treatment Online

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Porn is a powerful draw, for some an overpowering attraction. It has also always been a big money maker, and now, a British-based company, HeLPAddictions.org, has launched a for-pay porn addiction hot line.

The 24-hour counseling website was launched as a way to treat porn addicts through an anonymous, Internet-based self-help regimen program. The site's creators hope it will contribute to the recovery of millions of porn addicts around the cybersphere, and some experts say it could act as a good model for porn addiction counseling in the U.S.

"It's obvious to us that Internet-based addiction has become increasingly prevalent over the years," said Faye Blackwell, one of the site's three resident counseling experts. "This addiction carries extra baggage. People are embarrassed and guilt-ridden, and there aren't many places that they can go to talk about it."

Since the site launched eight weeks ago, Blackwell said there have been an "enormous amount of people" who have inquired about the site. In the past week, she estimated that 200 to 300 people have shown interest in joining the program.

Blackwell and colleagues wanted to make the program easy and accessible. After logging on to the site and paying the program fee, members receive a 5-step therapy packet, along with downloadable audio files and access to a secure online forum community. More expensive program packages include "accountability software," which allows therapists to monitor the members' porn use, and telephone counseling sessions with one of the site's addiction counselors. Treatment packages range from $145 to $565 depending on the services purchased.

Terry Gatewood, an addiction specialist at the Sexual Recovery Institute, said that the online site covers several important steps a porn addict must face, including education about the addiction and necessary changes and ultimate ways of moving past the disease.

"There is a grieving process that comes with overcoming addiction," said Gatewood. "It's going to be painful and depressing. It's like a best friend who has been holding the deepest secrets, and now they have to get through life without that best friend."

Porn addiction is much like any other addiction; here, X-rated material is used as a means to escape the stresses of daily life. While experts say there is no definitive moment that indicates an addiction to pornography, excessive use that interferes with daily life and relationships is often sign of an addiction. And, just like drugs, if a person needs more and more to get the desired high, this can also be a sign of a growing addiction.

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health estimates that 3 to 5 percent of the U.S. population suffers from some sort of sexual compulsion disorder.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb102011

XXX: Condom Ordinance for Porn Industry?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It may soon be mandatory for porn stars to wear condoms on every pornography set in the city of Los Angeles, reports the LA Weekly.

City lawmakers drafted the law last week after a unanimous vote. The L.A. Attorney's Office will look into whether such an ordinance would be feasible to enforce, and if so, they are likely to allow a vote on the issue as early as next month.

A recent HIV scare in which an industry performer tested positive for the disease has renewed concerns in Los Angeles, the porn capital of the country. Just last December, a clinic that had monitored health in the industry for the past decade closed its doors, leaving the industry to more or less police itself.
 
Porn makers, however, have said that the ordinance would cause a drop in sales and ultimately push the industry out-of-state and underground, where performers would be less safe than before.

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