Stephen Sirard, owner of Next Door Studios, which produces straight, gay and bisexual porn, says he maintains a testing-and-condoms policy for good reason: In the past 10 years of routine testing for his talent pool, heâ€™s only seen one month in which no models tested positive for an STI. â€œEvery month, someone tests positive for chlamydia and gonorrhea,â€ he says.
says Next Door Studios
is the only North American gay porn company to require such a full battery of tests - for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The company is even considering adding a test for herpes.
Some object to mandatory testing because they perceive an undercurrent of homophobia. â€œA lot of times, it seems to me that this is put in place to appease those with this idea that gay men have AIDS
and that, if you have sex with a gay man, youâ€™re going to get AIDS
and die,â€ says Habib, who has written for Salon
sees it as a way â€œto pander to people who are heterosexual who are coming inâ€ to the gay side of the business, typically in the â€œgay-for-payâ€ genre.
Given that most gay companies that mandate testing also require condoms, he
doesnâ€™t see the point of testing - especially given that it comes along with discrimination and potential violation of medical privacy.
says, â€œIf you have people using condoms for everything other than oral sex, then Iâ€™m not sure how necessary these tests are in the first place.
It seems to me thereâ€™s an implicit misinformation there, like that you can easily get HIV
from having oral sex.â€ He
also points to the window period in which false negatives are a possibility.