6. Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
1

Witnesses reported various injuries and diseases associated with the production of pornography.[818] The diseases which were reported included a variety of sexually transmitted diseases. For example, a citizen's group wrote to the Commission:

How does a three and a half year old girl learn to cope with gonorrhea of the throat and a painful vagina, stretched many times its normal size because her father used her for sexual gratification. This father was another pornography addict.[819]

A former Playboy bunny testified:

I heard a bunny I knew had her reproductive organs removed due to a venereal disease left untreated.[820]

A man who had participated in the production of more than one hundred pornographic films testified:

I decided to get out of the business because I was kind of scared about all the different diseases and stuff going on. I myself was pretty lucky to only have got gonorrhea a couple of times. I never caught herpes or nothing like that. But it was scary. The diseases are really rampant out there, and especially with the AIDS scare. You have one person that has AIDS in the industry and within six months you can really infect about half the industry because there's so much contact; you have so many different jobs, different people, each month.[821]

A woman testified:

There seemed to be a lot of venereal diseases and other contact diseases going around and I was afraid of catching something.[822]

Notes

  1. See, Chapter 12 in this Part for a further discussion of the injuries and diseases performers in the pornography industry encounter.
  2. Letter from Oklahomans Against Pornography to the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.
  3. Chicago Hearing, Vol. I, p. 317.
  4. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, p. 82.
  5. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, p. 82.