Call me old-fashioned, but is anyone really surprised that some porn stars have tested positive for HIV? I mean, aside from all the sex, drug use is widespread in the industry and IV drug users tend to spread the disease very quickly.

This quote from Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health and health officer for Los Angeles County is distressing and delusional.

"I think in general, they've done an appropriate job in terms of the quarantine measures taken," he said.

However, the discovery shows that screening programs are not perfect and the only way to prevent AIDS "is not to have unprotected sex."

The risk is from the "sex" part; the "unprotected" aspect only enhances the risk, it doesn't create it. Condoms are not nearly as effective as people like to portray.
- With typical use, 14 percent of women relying only on the male condom, and 21 percent relying only on the female condom, will experience unintended pregnancy within one year. With perfect use (meaning couples make no errors in the way they use the condoms and also use condoms consistently at every act of sexual intercourse), only five percent of women relying on the male condom, and three percent on the female condom, will experience unintended pregnancy within one year.

- By comparison, 85 percent of women relying on no method of contraception will experience pregnancy within one year.

Studies show that people who use condoms regularly and perfectly have a very low chance of contracting HIV from an infected partner, but even "very low" isn't zero, and about two percent of condoms break during use. (Not to mention HPV, which apparently isn't stopped by condoms (according to the most recent studies) and is linked to cervical cancer.)

As the Center of Disease Control has said many times:

The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and you know is uninfected.
Update:
Brian Flemming has more. He thinks the problem may be a lack of regulation.
Short of a direct injection of a stranger's blood with a needle, I can't think of a method with better HIV-contraction odds than a bareback double-anal encounter.

Yet the state of California allowed a teenage girl to participate in just this activity as part of her job. No regulation was violated. No boss is likely to be held accountable.

And now the young woman, Lara Roxx, who began her career in porn three months ago, has HIV.

If people are determined to do stupid things (as Mr. Flemming agrees they are) then regulations aren't going to protect them. (HT: IP.)

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