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PORN STAR STD RATES HIGHER THAN FOR NEVADA PROSTITUTES

The latest front in the great condom debate, set for Los Angeles county voters to decide next week, is a bombshell report from six public health experts, whose affiliations include the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and UCLA. “Compared with the brothel workers of Nevada, another legal sex worker population in the United States, [gonorrhea] and [chlamydia] prevalence in this study is significantly higher” among porn stars, the report said. The study was published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases on Tuesday.


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The study tested 168 adult film performers in Los Angeles County, from mid-May to mid-September 2010, and found that 28%, or 47 performers, tested positive for either gonorrhea or chlamydia or both diseases. STD infection rates among legal prostitutes, however, were “negligible,” the report said, because brothel workers in Nevada are required by state law to use condoms and are tested weekly for disease. “The results of this study suggest that many performers in the [adult film industry] are not safe on the job from acquiring and transmitting [sexually transmitted infections] at multiple anatomical sites,” the report concluded. “Repeated and chronic infection with [sexually transmitted infections] can lead to infertility, chronic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancies, and can facilitate HIV infection.”




Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner, the former director of STD prevention and control services in San Francisco who is now a UCLA professor of medicine, who was not involved in the study, added “The report clearly shows that current testing practices miss two-thirds of active gonorrhea and chlamydia infections.” “What that says is that the current testing is grossly inadequate and testing plus condoms is a reasonable strategy to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections,” Klausner said.


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The study authors also concluded that many adult film performers may not be aware of their infection. A week before Los Angeles voters decide on Measure B, the study is a pretty heavy blow to the adult industry, when it’s principal claims of testing efficacy are now in doubt.


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PORN STARS ENTER MAINSTREAM THROUGH TWITTER

Twitter is bringing porn stars mainstream, according to Dan Miller, managing editor of XBiz, an adult industry trade publication. “Twitter has opened up these porn stars fan bases like nothing the adult film industry has ever seen before,” he said. “Since most mainstream pop culture publications don’t cover the porn industry (and) porn movie reviews don’t generally appear alongside reviews of big Hollywood movies … the adult industry has embraced Twitter as a way to reach out directly to fans beyond the typical porn consumer.” Miller estimates that 90% of porn performers are on Twitter.


And like most technology, porn is using social media in a dynamic way. “Before it was about pure fantasy: you didn’t have enough information to be real fans of performers,” says Chauntelle Tibbals, a visiting scholar at University of Southern California who studies the porn industry. “But now you can become a true fan of a porn star.” Porn stars are opening up and sharing their non-professional lives with fans. “That kind of interaction is something you don’t see mainstream celebrities doing to the same degree,” according to Tibbals. “You don’t see Angelina Jolie tweeting directly to people.” More than that, “You are seeing a different kind of relationship that a viewer has with a porn performer,” Tibbals said. “One of the things that comes with social media is the deconstruction of stereotypes.”




And it’s not just porn stars, porn producers are also using Twitter. “Twitter is like an instant focus group,” explains Alexander Raymond Palumbo, a social media strategist at Digital Playground, an adult movie production company. He uses Twitter to gauge reaction to new adult film trailers, and edit to suit consumer demands. “It’s not going to go away, it is the future. From our company’s point of view, it’s pure customer service.”


The effect: Twitter is bringing porn mainstream, as stars are building fan loyalty, brand recognition and social tolerance and acceptance. Who do you follow on Twitter?


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