AHF on Porn/Condom Study: “Porn is Not Just A Fantasy. Performers are having actual sex; contracting STDs—and the audience knows it.”

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A groundbreaking new research study undertaken by researchers at
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (Schrimshaw
et al. 2016)
has documented a notable increase in condom use among
viewers of adult films in which the performers wore condoms.

Based on researchers’ analysis of study data (from a cohort of 265 men
who have sex with men or MSM), “…the number of condomless anal sex
encounters increased by approximately 25% for every one unit increase in
the proportion of [pornography] viewed online that featured condomless
anal sex. In contrast, the number of condomless anal encounters
decreased by approximately 38% for every one unit increase in the
proportion of [pornography] viewed online that featured anal sex with
condoms.”

According to the study’s abstract, “These findings provide important
insights for health policy and the design of interventions addressing
SEM (sexually explicit media) and condomless sex among MSM. The findings
suggest that condom use by SEM performers may benefit not only actor
health, but also have health implications for SEM viewers.”

Representatives for the adult industry were quick to try to discount any
correlation, claiming that porn is simply “entertainment.”

However, proponents of condom use in adult film production—which is
already required under federal and state OSHA statutes—were quick to
counter the adult industry’s efforts to discredit a correlation between
viewing and condom use.

“Porn is not a just a fantasy. Real life performers are having actual
sex; contracting STDs—and the audience knows it,” said Michael
Weinstein
, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). “People
emulate actions, behaviors, clothing, hairstyles and other things they
see in mainstream movies all the time—why would it be any different with
porn? From Farah Fawcett hairdos in the ’70s to kids copying Jackass
movie stunts today. Also, people need to remember that porn is a business
and as such, employers and producers in the industry have a duty and
responsibility under both federal and state OSHA statutes to protect
their employees, which in the case of adult film production, means
condoms.”

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
609,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
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