The Nasty Business of Porn

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I've watched my fair share of porn. I think in moderation, it does provide an outlet for those without a partner looking for a sexual release. Most agree I guess, probably why it’s a multi-billion dollar industry.

However, when you take the fantasy out of it and look at the reality of the porn business, it really is gross. I know, I’m the same guy who hosted shows on KLOL with porn stars, but I would never participate in the russian roulette of making the films! And they probably wouldn't have me.

Last week porn production in California was halted when an actor's HIV test registered positive in what has since been found to be a false alarm. Last year porn actor Derrick Burts tested positive, for real! In an interview, one porn actress said that even though performers are required to get monthly tests for the gamut of STD's possible to contract through sex, it’s not enough to ensure non-transmission to others because of lack of condom use, a performers personal life and the on-the-side escorting/prostituting many actresses do to make extra cash.

Another problem, movies featuring actors wearing condoms don't sell as well as those without. Porn will always have an audience and incidents of HIV infection will continue and become more frequent.

If you have an issue with moderation in your own porn viewing habits, next time, just think about hospitals, blood, STD's and HIV getting passed around. That ought to help you cool off a little!

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