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Chlamydia Epidemic in the Porn Industry

Porn industry performers engage in unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex with multiple partners to fuel the sexual fantasy of the viewers. Current industry practice does not support condom use increasing the risk of sexually transmitted infection to performers. Among the many STI Chlamydia is the most commonly reported in the porn industry. A UCLA study found that about 1 in 4 porn performers have contacted chlamydia. 15% tested positive for chlamydia and 24% tested positive for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Annual prevalence rate of chlamydia in porn industry compared to general population (18-27 years old) is estimated to be over 34 times greater. The figures are quite alarming; it only shows that there is a rising chlamydia epidemic in the porn industry.

High risk sexual practices on porn film sets include:
• Multiple partners over short period of time
• Ejaculation into the face, mouth, eye and mucus membranes
• Internal vaginal and anal ejaculation
• Unprotected extreme sex including double vaginal or double anal penetration
• Sharing sex toys
• Oral sex after anal contact
• Limited use of condoms
Exposure to blood, seminal and vaginal fluids plus limited use of condoms put the porn performers at higher risk of chlamydia transmission.

Chlamydia “the silent epidemic” is caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. It is transmitted by having unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex. This disease is asymptomatic so most of the cases go unrecognized. It present with no sign or symptoms, if symptoms do appear it is usually one to three weeks after infection. Some of the most common symptoms include burning sensation during urination, abnormal discharge from the vagina or penis, lower abdominal pain, painful sexual intercourse and testicular pain in men. Chlamydia infections are common and recurrent among porn performers. The infection rate recorded was 26.1%. Female performers were 27% more likely to be re-infected as compared with male performers.

If chlamydia infection was treated in the past, there is still a chance of re-infection if you have unprotected sex with someone who has it. Chlamydia is only identified through screening. It is very important for chlamydia to be treated. Chlamydia treatments include oral antibiotics; two of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics are Azithromycin and Doxycycline. If left untreated chlamydia can have severe sequences especially for women. Up to 40 % of women with untreated chlamydia develop pelvic inflammatory disease, and one in five women become infertile.

The current practice of STI testing in the porn industry may help detect some sexual disease early, but it does not prevent transmission. Testing only allows prompt identification and treatment of infected performers. Regular testing does not offer a safe environment for the porn performers. Condom use is still a reasonable strategy to reduce the spread of chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections. With the growing accessibility of porn in mainstream and the internet, condom use onscreen could influence condom use among viewers thereby promoting public health.