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Porn actors have 'unacceptably' high rates of sexually transmitted infections


June 24, 2011 - Washington

A paper has reported that the rates of sexually transmitted infections -chlamydia and gonorrhea - among adult film performers in Los Angeles County are "unacceptably high."

The estimated annual risk was at least 14 percent for chlamydia and five percent for gonorrhea, based on assumptions regarding the number of adult film performers working in Los Angeles County. Risk appeared higher for female performers, who accounted for 72 percent of all reported infections.

After an initial infection, the risk of repeated chlamydia or gonorrhea infection was 26 percent. The reinfection rate was close to one-fourth higher for female performers than for males.

"[I]ndustry standards for protecting adult film performers lag far behind established worker health and safety standards," reported the study by Binh Y. Goldstein, and colleagues of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The authors believe that the reported infection rates are "unacceptably high" and that "testing alone is not sufficient for controlling the spread of sexually transmitted diseases within this industry."

They added, "Control strategies, including promotion of condom use, are needed to protect workers in this industry, as testing alone will not effectively prevent workplace acquisition and transmission."

The study is detailed in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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