Keeping It Safe After the Clothes Come Off

Condoms may be life-savers, but inside the porn industry they are widely viewed as profit-killers.

Steve Hirsch is the CEO of Vivid Entertainment, one of the country's most prolific producers of pornography. Testing for STDs in the industry is voluntary, but Vivid requires its performers to provide a clear test from the AIM clinic every 30 days in order to work.

"The truth is that when people watch adult movies, they're watching for the fantasy, and they don't want to see condoms," said Hirsch. "It's been proven over and over and over. Condoms in adult movies just don't sell well. That's just a fact."

At a recent Vivid shoot, producer Shylar Cobi explained the process.

"I go to talent search and today we're using Nikki Jayne, so I type in her real last name and it brings up her current results and a little link to it and I can click on the button and it gives me her results. And it tells me when she was tested and when it expires, so as long as I know it's within the 30 days, it's not expired, I can use the talent."

"Nightline" spoke with Nikki Jayne about 10 minutes before she was to have sex on camera with a man she had met that day. Asked if it was weird to be having sex with a stranger, she said "No, not at all."

Jayne acknowledged that the 30-day window between tests meant that she could be working with an infected performer.

"It's not 100 percent, nothing is 100 percent safe," she said.

Does that make her nervous?

"No," she said. "It would make me more nervous probably like, getting on a plane and thinking that the plane is going to crash. I don't really think about it."

While some companies say they offer female performers the option to use condoms, inside the industry the decision to demand condom use is widely viewed as a choice to not work in porn.

"If you wanted to [use condoms]," said Jayne, "you wouldn't hardly get any work. ...The whole point of the porn industry is to see something raw, see something really sexual and it'd be all like if you'd see a condom, it all looks a little pre-, like people should be using condoms in the real life and when they see it on screen they don't really want to see that."

'You Got to Do It for Money'

Mike Weinstein runs the AIDS Health Care Foundation. He believes that the graphic nature of porn shoots invites risk.

"Well, there are definitely sexual acts that are being depicted on film, for the benefit of the fantasy of the audience, that are much riskier," said Weinstein. "Also, you may [have] multiple performers at the same time. Obviously, that increases the risk of transmission."

The AIDS Health Care Foundation is suing both the Los Angeles County's Public Health Department and major porn producers to force condom use on sets.

"I believe that every performer wants to wear condoms on set," Weinstein said. "I believe that every producer should be required to have the workers on that set, the performers on that set, just like they would on a Hollywood movie, you can't [put] people who are on a Hollywood set at risk, you can't have them do stunts without protection."

"Nightline" was there when an 18-year-old adult performer came to the AIM clinic for her 30-day STD test.

She said she was taking the testing "pretty seriously," adding that it's something she does every month.

"Because there's a risk of getting AIDs, everyone is scared of getting it, so you got to get tested every month," she said.

The performer said her work was probably not worth the risks.

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