Sexual Health – What Do YOU Think?

Posted: February 27, 2014 in Sexual Health
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Hello dear readers and apologies for the brief hiatus between blog posts! I have been catching up on sleep and other trivial things after a series of night shifts. I also wanted to keep up momentum with the blog and find something to write about that would keep people interested! So I decided to write about good ol’ sexual health.

This is something I have always been quite paranoid about, since way before I got involved in adult work. I still remember to this day my very first trip to the clinic, convinced I had caught every STI under the sun only to be told that I had BV! Awkward… Not least for my poor boyfriend at the time who took extreme exception to being poked and prodded unnecessarily! But after that I developed something of a slight obsession with getting myself checked regularly. Not a bad thing I guess! I used to go even if (God forbid) I hadn’t actually had sex for ages, just to make sure that nothing had popped up unnoticed. The nurses in the local GUM clinic thought I was nuts.

But the fact is, SO many people are still worryingly ignorant or lax with their sexual health! I know people who have NEVER been tested. Ever. Can you imagine?!?! The only people who should have never been tested are virgins! We see it in the news all the time, STIs are on the up and people need to take responsibility for their sexual health and not just leave it to fate.

I actually even took the liberty to do some research for this blog entry, and have come up with some interesting statistics. Seeing as I have forgotten how to do my Harvard Referencing for an internet based document, here is the link to the Health Protection Report 2013: http://www.hpa.org.uk/hpr/archives/2013/hpr2313.pdf
This report states that:

The latest data show new STI diagnoses rose by five per cent in 2012 (up to 448,422 from 428,255 in 2011),mostly due to improved data collection.However, the continuing high STI rates in England suggest too many people are still putting themselves at risk through unsafe sex, especially young adults and men who have sex with men (MSM).

A breakdown of the different types of STI further showed:

Chlamydia remained the most commonly diagnosed STI (206,912; 46%), but considerable numbers of genital warts (73,893; 16%) and genital herpes (32,021; 7%) cases were also reported last year. New gonorrhoea diagnoses rose 21% overall (from 21,024 in 2011 to 25,525 in 2012), and by 37% in the MSM population (from 7,851 in 2011 to 10,754 in 2012 ).

Even more worryingly, it would appear that certain strains of gonorrhea are becoming resistant to antibiotics (my doctor at the private clinic I used to go to told me this well over a year ago – not long before I decided to quit porn for good):

High gonorrhoea transmission rates are concerning as the global threat of antibiotic resistance grows. Ensuring treatment resistant strains of gonorrhoea do not persist and spread remains a public health priority, and the Gonorrhoea Resistance Action Plan for England and Wales was launched by PHE to help tackle this threat in early 2013 [3].

A scary thought, no? An STI that has evolved to become resistant to treatment?! I know many people who are of the opinion that, as most STIs are easily treated, they aren’t too bothered whether they catch one of not. But if these infections are becoming harder to treat, this will have serious consequences and we have no idea what the long term effects will be – other than that people used to die of STIs. So it doesn’t bode well.

Interestingly, according to the report it was the under 25 age group that were experiencing the highest STI rates –

Those aged under 25 experienced the highest STI rates, contributing 64% chlamydia and 54% of genital warts diagnoses in heterosexuals in 2012.

Chlamydia is still the most common STI – 206,912 diagnoses in 2012 alone. I’m not going to go on about what it does, how it’s treated etc – that’s a job for the bloody schools in my opinion! Access to information of ANY kind is so simple and quick these days that in my opinion, ignorance is no excuse. I know that not all schools provide much of an education in this area but there are so many other places to get information – least of all, Google it! Google knows everything!

Sadly though this wealth of information doesn’t seem to be enough and I don’t know how to improve this situation. Adult performers are required to get themselves tested every 28 days (and should be more often in my opinion, after all, you’re fucking a bunch of people without protection on the regular – you don’t know what they’re doing off set! You don’t know that they’re not careful when they meet someone at the weekend! So many ASSHOLE performers think that just because they have a valid test they can fuck around off camera with all and sundry – NO!! THIS is where things get picked up and brought into the industry, putting everyone else in it at risk!) but even this is not a bulletproof solution. The fact of the matter is, the only way to totally avoid catching STIs is to not have sex. Now – that isn’t going to happen! So people need to THINK before they go around being irresponsible – and I don’t just mean performers and escorts, I mean EVERYONE. It’s your LIFE at the very crux of this, not to mention the lives of people you may inadvertently affect due to being stupid and irresponsible. Wrap it up before you slap it up boys, and girls, make sure he puts his raincoat on! You cannot rely on tests, as, like a cars’ MOT, it’s only actually valid the day you get it done – yet, as a porn star, you will fuck an indiscriminate amount of people without protection based on the so-called reliability of that “cert”. YOU may be careful and responsible outside of work, but you cannot trust that everyone else is – especially, when I know for a fact they are not.

There have been calls for all porn to be shot using condoms – indeed, Measure B in California stipulates this is a mandatory requirement – despite people being able to repeal it as an infringement of their human rights. I do think that this should be the case – you can’t police people’s sexual activity off camera, so this is the next best thing to keep people safe. After all, we encourage the general public to always wear condoms – do we care more about their sexual health than that of adult actors and actresses?! Of course, there is much opposition to this suggestion, so it seems no one can win.

I genuinely don’t know how to improve sexual health, or how to make people realise just how serious it is to look after your sexual health – any ideas?! All I do know is that is not just important for those who have sex for a living, but for ALL people, and the sooner that people realise this and start taking responsibility for their sexual health, the sooner those scarily huge STI figures may finally start to drop.

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