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California voters rejected a measure that would have mandated the use of condoms in adult films, The Doctors weigh in on the possible health risks associated with the proposition’s defeat.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says he voted for the proposition, saying, “When you start controlling what goes on in the bedroom, people don’t like it. Of course, this is a little different. This is the bedroom that everyone is watching.”
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork reminds us of the seriousness and prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, for instance, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men have genital herpes. He also goes on to point out that 25 percent of adult films stars have or have had an STD, according to a 2012 study. Another study found that adult performers have a 64 percent higher risk of gonorrhea and 35 percent higher risk for chlamydia compared with the general population.
“At the end of the day, we just want everyone to be healthy… a 5-year-old can go online and look at this stuff. I wish this would have passed because of the message you’re sending to young people…because [condoms] can protect you from a lot of things.” Dr. Stork says.
Dr. Ordon adds, “Multiple partners and you’re doing it all day long – you’re at a higher risk for contracting STDs.”
While adult films stars are tested every 14 days, there is still a health concern. “There are these windows where you become infected, it doesn’t come up positive in testing, and that’s where a lot of infections [occur],” Dr. Stork notes.
As always, The Doctors encourage everyone to know their status, get tested and practice safe sex!