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An STD Breeding Ground

You’d think headlines like this would come across more often than they do:

Syphilis scare halts porn industry filming in LA as health officials investigate

Yep, there’s a huge business centered around the “sex industry” that keeps on going, despite the risk of STDs. That is, until a positive STD test occurs and the industry halts production of new “material” until all actors can be notified and STD tested. Oh – and given antibiotics to kill the STD “just in case” they happen to have it.

According to CBS, this past week’s production stand-still wasn’t the first time the porn industry has halted production because of STD threats or occurrence. Over the past several years, positive HIV tests have caused a stop in production and mandated STD tests and treatment. With the nature of the industry (and without mandated use of condoms), we have a feeling this won’t be the last time this occurs.


Not a shocker: the porn industry carries a high risk of STDs

A breeding ground for STDs

We’re not out to take a position on the industry in this post – but what we will say is that the porn industry is an obvious breeding ground for STDs. The reason STDs are such a problem is because of 1) multiple sexual partners 2) lack of condom use and 3) lack of STD testing. And this industry takes all of these issues and puts them on a stage for the world to see. There’s no disguising or hiding the fact the porn actors are at risk for STDs. Our hope is that the industry makes a strong commitment to routine STD testing and takes steps toward STD prevention. Because like it or not, the world is watching.

posted in Syphilis and have Comments (7)


  1. Comment by Scott Huffman on August 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    It’s not fun to think about but it is always important to test for STD’s especially in the porn industry.

  2. Comment by Accutech on August 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    The only guaranteed way to prevent any STD’s is abstinence. Every other solution has the potential to fail, even if the chance small.

  3. Comment by The UPS Store Lenexa on August 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Yuck! Definitely something you don’t hear about but know it has to be awful in this industry!

  4. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Rock Hill on August 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Don’t hear about this kind of stuff everyday. Hope they get it under control and start taking more safety precautions for themselves.

  5. Comment by ARCpoint Fort Myers on September 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    You play with fire, you are going to get burned. Precautions need to be taken or this won’t be the last time this happens.

  6. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Miami on September 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    There needs to be strict regulations to prevent this. They know the risks, and it should be minimized.

  7. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Lansing on September 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I can’t say I am surprised. What is surprising is that we don’t hear about this type of thing more often.

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