Porn Stars and HIV: Are Your Favorites Wearing Condoms?

by Jamilah Lemieux

An unnamed porn performer has tested positive for HIV, causing adult film production to shut down all across Los Angeles. Certain corners of the internet have run with the rumor that Brian Pumper (best known to many of us for putting Montana Fishburne on via his abysmal “Oh, And It’s Shaved” rap debut) is the actor in question; a Google search turns up word that Pumper has been accused of faking negative HIV tests results in the past, but no verifiable sources can confirm this.

Regardless of who the performer is, the fact of the matter remains grim: this person has put many others in danger, perhaps unwittingly. Co-stars, their co-stars, their spouses  and other lovers, etc. The porn world is essentially a sexual social network, one even broader than the ones we have in our communities or campuses. Yet there is a great demand for performers to have unprotected sex, largely because of porn viewers who find safe sex to be a turn-off on screen. No, really.

FAIR (the organization For Adult Industry Responsibilty) lobbied for the production shut down and will notify porn stars who have performed with the actor in question. The organization recently launched a database for performers to see results from varying testing centers; industry standards require that porn actors are voluntarily tested every thirty days.

Whether sex is your businsess, your hobby or your sport, you need to be wearing a condom if you are having multiple partners. PERIOD. DOT. What blows my mind is the callous disgregard for the lives of porn actors from audiences and producers who want to see that raw sex on film. I don’t want or need someone to get sick to entertain me and since it is virtually impossible for us to stop HIV while allowing a large group of people to have promiscious unprotected sex, it is absolutely unconscionable that anyone would advocate that a porn actor put his or her safety in jeapordy so that some jacka$$ at home can have a higher quality jerk off session. Yes, I am clearly pissed off about this. And for those of you riding your high horse above the porn actors, just know that unless you remain celibate for the duration of your life, you don’t know who your partner has been with. It’s not always about who you choose to sleep with, but who they chose before you.

For those of you who watch porn, how often do you observe condom usage? Is it the norm? Do you feel like it kills the fantasy? If so, do you also feel that way when you are having sex?

PS: peep “AIDS (America Is Dying Slowly)”, classic Wu-Tang joint from 1996. Fifteen years ago…BECAUSE PEOPLE STILL DON’T GET IT, APPARENTLY

  • lee

    I only watch soft porn and you usually don’t see the man’s package. I think one of the sexiest things is to watch a man putting a condom on. The anticipation is priceless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Sykes/1065177536 Ashley Sykes

    omfg why the hell is this allowed to go on? no shyt you’re gonna catch something if its your job to literally have sex with a bunch of different people, unprotected EVERY DAY. gosh people are so stupid. im so sick of the human race and its stupidity. wtf do did you think was gonna happen? hell even when you use a condom you can still catch stuff. why are ”grown ass” men and women being so damn stupid about sex? its ridiculous

    it disturbs me how in movies you never see people using condoms. they just hop in the bed with strangers in romance movies. funny how they never show the consequences.

    btw i cant stand how people on this site consider folks to be on a ”high horse” just cause they have common sense. metter of fact forget it. i AM better than the idiots because im not doing stupid stuff that i know isnt good and then getting surprised when negative things (that are pretty much inevitable) result. why is that bad? people who do smart things and things the right way should be applauded not put down. just look at the beyonce post. all the baby mamas wanna get mad now. whatever im done. this comment is probably gonna get deleted anyways..

  • Melissa

    I noticed when I watch European porn, the man has on a skintone colored condom, where it looks (light/fleshcolored) pink. When I watch ethnic porn, most of the time there is no condom useage. I would say sometimes I see a condom, and sometimes I don’t. I do not think it kills the fantasy because you can still have enjoyable sex with condoms.

  • ChezCerise

    I just don’t understand how AIDS is supposed to be eradicated in this world with the porn industry.

    There are waaaaay to many degrees of separation. Someone that is not in the porn industry can be affected by 1 person bringing an STD to their co-workers. It doesn’t just affect them.

  • ChezCerise

    I agree but men are overwhelming the majority buyers.

    Enjoyable to them is seeing a woman (or 2) with semen all over her face and not in a condom.

  • Anonymous

    AMEN! My thoughts exactly. People need to start taking responsibility of themselves and stop behaving like they have no common sense. We should not be telling people to get off their high horses for criticizing porn stars who CHOOSE money over their own well being.

  • geek chik

    ITA with your post.

  • Samira

    “it disturbs me how in movies you never see people using condoms. they just hop in the bed with strangers in romance movies. funny how they never show the consequences.”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • Clnmike

    “What blows my mind is the callous disgregard for the lives of porn actors from audiences and producers who want to see that raw sex on film.”

    What blows my mind is the idea that the audience and the producers are some how responsible for the actions of grown men and women. They chose to enter the industry and they chose to have unprotected sex for money. It is getting out of hand now this refusal to own the mess you make, but instead deflect blame and place it on people who have no control over your actions. Nope what people like to do is to scream bloody murder when they think they are being judged, damn right your going to be judged by the high horse riders, especially when your mess ends up spreading onto everyone else. You made your bed so sleep in it and take this lecture/judgement as a bed time story, maybe you will wake up with some sense and clean up after your self.

  • LemonNLime

    YES! I will stay up on my high horse and the hell with anyone who disagrees with it! IMO, whether people agree or not, there are instances where there are people that are better than other. This is one of those instances and I don’t feel bad for saying that I am better than them because I take responsibility for my actions and I protect myself!

    And condoms being a turn off? You know what else is a turn off? Lesions from AIDS, herpes out breaks, puss seeping from your genitals, DEATH! Seriously if people said they couldn’t get off unless people were being murdered on film would you allow it, even if the participant agreed? To me they are one in the same bc you can lose more than just your health messing with with these nasty people and putting others before your own health.

  • Saraih

    Ok I am a female and watch porn & i will say I do notice when a condom is being used vs without & for some reason it does seem “different” than watching porn actors who dont wear condoms. however i will say, regardless, me and fingers pose no threat to myself so id rather watch them with condoms knowing they were protecting themselves than without,….just my two sense.

  • new moon

    When I do watch porn… there are times when I get turned off by non condom use. I mean its just discusting sometimes. I can’t help but think about 12 degrees of separation…yeah some of those people are in the porn industry…but it seems obvious to me that those people can and do spread their diseases to poeple outside of the industry. I agree with another poster, these men and women need to take responsibility for their health…simple as that. I’m going to get on my high horse and say that obviously porn actors/actresses are the kind people who dont have much respect for themselves…so how can we exspect them to say “look, I’m not gettin down and dirty unless he wears a rubber…or I can wear a female condom”. Idk… but HIV/AIDS is only doing its job while we dp

  • JoeClyde

    I watch Home Grown porn the majority of the time. I rarely if ever see amateur couples use a condom.

  • d_nicegirl

    Sorry, but I don’t see it as my job to police the condom usage of anyone, especially sex workers. Condom usage is too personal of an issue. I can only manage my own affairs.

  • cake211

    you can’t justify being on a high horse, which a lot of yall are trying to do.
    you can’t claim to be “better” than a porn star because you’re “smart” enough to not put yourself in their predicament by being a porn star. the fact that you dont have sex with multiple sex partners for money doesn’t exempt you from suffering the same fate as a porn star. you can sit there and criticize “irresponsible people” but all it takes is just ONE irresponsible decision on your part to put you in the SAME boat. the same people always claiming to have “common sense” are the same people quick to say “it was just a mistake, i just messed up that one time.”

    secondly, the whole point of this article is that everybody wants to be on their high horse when it comes to judging porn stars, completely ignoring the fact that the adult industry is a BILLION DOLLAR industry- they accumulate more profit than basketball, football, and baseball industries COMBINED. porn stars arent the only people buying porn, obviously, the same people that have too much common sense to be porn stars are still willing to pay money to see other people risk their lives as long as they can get off.

    i’m not even trying to say porn stars aren’t responsible for their decisions, because they obviously are. but how much better is the rest of society if we’re willing to give people MORE money to kill themselves, and justify it because we’re paying for “entertainment”?

    i dont watch porn because i choose not to support an industry that values money more than the dignity and health of other human beings.

  • http://twitter.com/rastaqueen92 Shug Avery

    I agree with cake211, I read the popmpous comments shaming porn stars. Personally I don’t see anything wrong with porn and I watch it. I think that protection should be used all the time because as another commenter said, the sexiest thing is a man putting on a condom.” The difference between porn stars and porn shamers are they get paid for it, you do it behind closed doors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Sykes/1065177536 Ashley Sykes

    you know what suge. so sorry that some of us arent prostitutes and actually have some respect for our bodies. so so sorry to offend you.

    i’m sure you see nothing wrong with child prostitutes either. at least they get paid right??

  • http://twitter.com/rastaqueen92 Shug Avery

    @Ashley

    I don’t support child prostitution but I see nothing wrong with adult entertainment. I just don’t understand why other people feel it their right to degrade someone else just because they don’t approve of their lifestyle/career choice. The fact is that a lot of porn shamers put themselves at risk, they just do it behind doors. Not all, some. But even if you have so much common sense why do you think criticizing these people on the internet will change anything? I don’t think it’s a good decision to put yourself at risk and I don’t approve of producers and adult entertainers doing such but I’m not going to call them every slut, whore and dumb a** because that’s not helping anything. Judge and you too will be judge, Im not feeling some of the pompous comments posted, that’s all.

    And it’s Shug not Suge.

  • TheBlackBelle

    Wow! You people are all perfect, huh? ^^^Lol. And before anyone goes there, no, I do not have HIV nor do I have low self esteem. I just have to be completely honest. I don’t know nor have I ever met ANYONE who has used a condom EACH AND EVERY SINGLE TIME! Not to say it doesn’t happen, but everyone has had their slip ups, which is all it takes whether its with a porn actor/actress or not. I am very much a feminine lady and highly enjoy watching porn without condom usage. Yes, it is a buzz kill for me. Majorly. Do I have to engage in these types of activities myself? Of course not! And that is the EXACT reason why the adult industry is in the billions! Those who are screaming the loudest at porn actors probably are currently engaging in unprotected activity themselves, so I can understand how it hits home. But porn actors are not to blame, my dears. Take responsibility in your OWN bedroom and the chances are less likely.

  • TheBlackBelle

    Cosign @ Shug Avery!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Sykes/1065177536 Ashley Sykes

    its not even ”pompous” though. its obvious. the article is saying that someone in porn has tested positive for HIV. okay? why is this a surprise? these people have sex with multiple people per day every day every week what do you think is gonna happen when you play around with your health like that? how the hell is me saying this pompous?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Sykes/1065177536 Ashley Sykes

    nobody is saying they are perfect. its just somebody doing something stupid thats all. if someone went to a police station and pulled out a gun as a joke and got shot and killed (which is obviously very very dumb), and you heard people saying how obviously stupid it is, would you call them pompous,perfect, and on a high horse too?

  • new moon

    I would think we are all adults, and thus understand the consequesnces of unprotected sex whether there is money involved or not. so when people are ready and willing to take those risks for a phat check…hmmm. All I’m saying is is that their self respect level is low. And yes, people who are not in the industry who consistantly have unprotected sex with numerous men/women have low self respect as well. But we ain’t talkin bout regular people…the article is about porn actors/actresses. Like I said I watch it, and hardly ever see a condom used and its desturbing sometimes. Oh and I don’t pay for porn…the ish is free. Besides I’m judging them because they put themselves out there in every way possible. I would never stoop to that level…and maybe that’s why iim intrigued by people who do.

  • TheBlackBelle

    @Ashley Sykes, Actually, most porn stars do not film every day, not even every week. They can do two or three films in one month and make three times the average paycheck, it is a very lucrative business. Even the mediocre(sp) actors don’t have to work more than that. With that having been said, it doesn’t take a lot of ppl or a lot of sex to spread a disease, which was my biggest point. It seems that the general concensus is that it takes multiple partners, when in fact, it can just take 1. Have you ever engaged in unprotected activity? Anyone you know? My point exactly. Are you somehow better than them? I def don’t think so. You have made better decisions, yes, but you as a person is no better. Yes, I still believe you believe that you are better, you are pompous, and still sittin pretty tall on your horse. You said so yourself. Just my 3 1/2 cents. I’m done.

  • http://twitter.com/rastaqueen92 Shug Avery

    @Ashley

    Ostentatious – a pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others.
    Pompous – full of ostentatious self importance or dignity.
    You were the one who said “I AM BETTER THEN THESE PEOPLE”

    Another commenter also said, “I am on my high horse.”

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    Wow you’re awfully defensive, Ms. Shug. Are you a pr0n star or something?

  • http://twitter.com/rastaqueen92 Shug Avery

    @cupcakes and shiraz

    No, I’m not a porn star but I do watch porn and I dont feel it’s my place or anyone’s right to verbally degrade adult entertainers.

  • The Comment

    I don’t think you have a high horse. I just think you haven’t had good sex yet. When you meet the man who gives it too you good; then you’ll understand HIV/AIDS, and unwanted pregnancies……..it will all make sense when you meet that one person who will make you throw caution to the wind and join the rest of society who, once upon a time, had a high horse too.

  • Jenn

    We all have some manner of choice in our actions, but the industry will bow to the will of the consumer.

    The concept is not that your responsible for each individual person (in this case porn performer) but your socially responsible choices may *change* the life of that person for the better. And demanding condom use in porn, the place where so many many youth get their sexual instructions, can help lead to social change as a whole.

  • Jenn

    Um, I use a condom every single time. There ya go. You’ve heard someone say it. My man (of four years) would never *dream* of burying it without one.

  • Jenn

    I think people are grossly misjudging how much porn performers get paid.

    Most porn performers are “in the biz” less than a year and will make only a few films in that time. And men get paid a fraction of what female performers get paid. Yes, there are porn “stars” who make big bucks, but this is not typical. Porn performers do not shoot films every day. Most don’t shoot films every week. You can compare it to main stream film making. Sure, there are a few Helen Mirren’s out there but the majority of Hollywood performers are no name extras and bit parts and thousands of people return to their hometowns empty handed when they just can’t make it in L.A.

    And as far as all of the slut shaming goes, STIs don’t magically manifest from having too much sex. They happen because someone wasn’t tested or was an asshole and spread it around. Someone with an STI could have made better choices, but they’re still the victim of someone else ego or ignorance.

  • LemonNLime

    @The Comment – Spoken like someone who lacked self-control or common sense one night and now is living with the repercussions.

  • LemonNLime

    She did not shame anyone. I think you and some of these other commentators just like to jump on anyone who believes in personal responsibility. She said this:

    “omfg why the hell is this allowed to go on? no shyt you’re gonna catch something if its your job to literally have sex with a bunch of different people, unprotected EVERY DAY.”

    Anyone with common sense can see she talking about the risky and dangerous behavior they are in engaging in NOT the people or their jobs. She didn’t say they should quit or what they were doing was morally wrong or that they would burn in hell. She is asking what do you expect to happen when you are choosing to do this because it IS a choice – no one is forcing them to do this, hell I think they even have unions. And as much as some of you don’t want to admit it, it IS dangerous behavior and they do have a choice.

    And can we get pass the “judgement” crap? Everyone judges everything that is how you determine your preferences and belief structure. Beside, if anyone is judging anyone it is YOU judging her. You are on your high horse acting trying to shame her for speaking her opinions while you are judge her!

  • http://twitter.com/rastaqueen92 Shug Avery

    @LemonNLime

    weren’t you the commenter who said, “YES! I will stay up on my high horse and the hell with anyone who disagrees with it!?”

    well, to each his/her own.

  • LemonNLime

    Yea, and your point being? I also didn’t come on here and try attack others for having a different opinion but hey “to each his/her own”.

  • annie

    I watch porn and rarely do I see condoms. I think it’s sad that porn buyers,”fans”, get turned off by condoms.

    I don’t know, if you really liked that porn actor/actress like you claim to, wouldn’t you want that person to be safe so you can continue to see his/her fine ass for as long as possible?

    I live in Montreal and I remember years back, there was this reality TV show searching for the next male/female porn actor. One of the contestant, a female, said that she doesn’t think about it (getting infected with HIV or something else). She made a comparison with firefighters, who, don’t worry about dying in a fire when on a job. Yes. I see your point, but this other girl from Montreal goes off to the States, first shoot, double anal (her first time) and ta-daa! She’s now infected with HIV.

    Furthermore, I think most of society is hypocrite. By that I mean, most people think say: ‘Porn is bad, poor girls, they must get out of it, etc.’ But when they do get out of it and find a ‘respectable’ job, as soon as it’s known that they use to have sex on camera for money, they get fired. Supa classy society!

  • au napptural

    @ The Comment

    Why is it every time somebody is responsible, someone counters with “oh you just haven’t run into certain circumstances”. If your friend stays with a cheating man, “oh girl you just ain’t felt love like this.” You choose not to have sex, “oh you ain’t met that right one.” Or maybe, that person came up against the same obstacles as everyone else and maintained their standards. Jeez, it is possible.

  • lalalalala

    @Clnmike

    very good point!

    @Jenn

    good points as well.

  • lalalalala

    “the same people always claiming to have “common sense” are the same people quick to say “it was just a mistake, i just messed up that one time.””

    umm, no. because they operate under a diff mindset they will admit that the situation they are in is a result of their own circumstances and take responsibility accordingly.

    and your 2nd paragraph, GTFOH!

  • African Mami

    @ The Comment

    Your comment literally made me fall of my chair laughing! Lawwwwd have mercy….throwing caution to the wind because of good sexing……..you made my night!

  • http://clubmagazine tj

    I dont view the actors/actresses as just your normal people, because there not!
    takes alot to take your clothes off in front of the cam everyday and do what they
    do.. with that said condoms dont bother me at all… im more into the ACT itself
    and the female… not if the guy is wearing or not… but i do believe they all should
    thats a no-brainer!!!

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