Think about bareback porn for a moment and some of the following thoughts may come to mind: hot, risky, awesome, dangerous, natural, disease, erotic. Depending on your stance regarding bareback porn, the things that come to your mind may be quite different to what comes to another persons mind. One thought which likely comes to anyone’s mind is the element of risk that can be associated with barebacking. It’s a real shame that disease can also be connected with something so natural, but it’s definitely relevant, whether we like to think about it or not.

Wouldn’t it be great to think about bareback porn and not have to worry about some of the health related concerns which can come along with it? I think it would be awesome, providing that the element of risk was reduced or eliminated and that’s what this article is all about. Maybe I am dreaming when you see some of the things I will be considering here, but there’s no harm in dreaming, especially when there’s the possibility of improving on the existing framework which exists in the bareback porn industry.

One of the first things to consider involves the performers engaging in unprotected sex with other performers. Some bareback porn studios require mandatory HIV and STI testing, while others are more lax about testing and may simply rely on what a performer thinks his HIV status is or not even worry about it at all. This lax standard can impact poorly on the performers, studios, people the performer may have sex with in their personal lives and the list goes on. I believe that all studios producing bareback porn should require mandatory STI testing for their models prior to each filming taking place. I used the acronym STI for all Sexually Transmitted Infections and not just one. HIV is definitely one of the major STI’s to be concerned about, but there are others which can also be contracted when engaging in unprotected sex.

This is where you may begin to think that I am dreaming. I am suggesting that bareback performers regularly undertake complete STI testing prior to having unprotected sex with other performers. I know that this would involve a considerable amount of time for the performers to get tested and the cost involved would also be considerable. Something else to consider is how much is a performers health worth? I think that a performers health is worth far more than the cost of an STI test, a performers health is priceless. If a bareback performer has already tested positive, then HIV testing could be skipped in this instance because their status is already known and confirmed, but other STI tests should still be carried out. When I refer to HIV testing, I am suggesting the advanced PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, which can identify HIV in a few days rather than the several week window period delay of the ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) and Western Blot tests to provide more accurate results.

The second suggestion involves the use of sero-sorting to match bareback performers with other performers who have the same HIV status as themselves, which is a technique a number of bareback studios already implement. For this to be effective, an up-to-date HIV test result is essential so that the most accurate match can be made. Unfortunately, this is not a 100% effective technique, but it’s a process which is better than not attempting to sero-sort at all. From what I have heard from some models, they do not even know the HIV status of other models they work with, so they just trust the studios and hope for the best. I certainly wouldn’t be comfortable with this level of trust, so I think that open communication is important so that all models know that they are going to have unprotected sex with someone who has the same HIV status as themselves.

There are a number of benefits to sero-sorting. Providing that regular testing using the most sophisticated methods available along with carefully sero-sorting performers, this will help performers feel more comfortable working alongside (and inside) their on-screen partners, which could result in the sex being even hotter. Some studios resort to the archaic pull out before you cum and make sure the bodily fluids don’t enter the other person technique, which is not very effective, especially if one performer is HIV-negative and the other HIV-positive. This kind of porn climax does not make good viewing either, because a large percentage of bareback porn fans like watching guys swapping bodily fluids, whether it’s orally or anally. In saying this, the State of California is concerned about the swapping of bodily fluids, which I have just mentioned to give some balance to this article.

I also think that people are afraid to talk about HIV and other STI’s. This is another problem because sexually transmitted infections exist and should be discussed openly, rather than being hidden or dismissed. Performers should feel comfortable talking about this topic, studios should be comfortable with this discussion and viewers should also feel comfortable with this too. Discussing these important topics could be made more interesting as well. I would like to see a public service message on a video where the performers openly talk for a moment about sexually transmitted infections, rather than seeing a boring text message for a few seconds. Perhaps a couple of performers sharing their awareness about sexually transmitted infections, what to look out for and making it a short yet informative part of the bareback porn feature. If I was a bareback porn producer, I would pay my performers to appear in a public service message which is both informative, interesting and made as erotic as possible so viewers want to watch it and absorb the contents of the message.

The problem with some of these “dreams” is that in reality, the costs and time associated with doing this would be seen by many studios and even some performers as being too much and a waste of time. It’s a shame, because if a high standard of health and respect for others was developed by the whole of the bareback porn industry, then the industry would be seen in a better light than it is right now. I am a pro-barebacker and because barebacking is important to me I feel that the industry needs to stand up right now and implement some minimum standards so it will continue to exist in the future. I am also concerned about porn piracy, because with so much piracy going on, the porn studios are not receiving as much income as they need to produce their films and as a result, they are forced to reduce their costs as much as possible to stay in business. Both porn producers and consumers play an important role in the future of bareback porn.

That’s about it from me, but if you are interested in reading more, I have included a link to an interview at Dewayne In San Diego with Andy Kay in the post Andy Kay on Testing, Bareback, Condoms and Patient Zeta. Andy Kay is the Production Manager for Boycrush Studios, the company behind Bare Twinks. I found this interview full of insight and the benchmark set by Boycrush Studios is one I would like to see other studios involved with the production of bareback porn matching. If you want to read more about Andy Kay, you can check out his blog below.

References:

  1. Andy Kay on Testing, Bareback, Condoms and Patient Zeta – DeWayne in SD
    http://dewayneinsd.com/andy-kay-on-testingbarebackcondoms-and-patient-zeta/
  2. Andy Kay Online
    http://www.andykayonline.com/blog/
4 Comments
JC September 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm Reply

I am HIV poz and there is much more than just testing “HIV positive.” Sure you can test positive but the crucial thing to know is your viral load which is the amount of HIV in your blood as well as CD4 levels (low CD4 numbers are bad, your body defenses are weak against infections). I high viral count and a low CD4 count greatly increases the chances of transmission, so it is imperative the performers know what their “numbers” are – as we poz people call them lol.

Brad Berrigan September 26, 2011 at 3:38 am Reply

Hey JC, Thank you for highlighting another important consideration with regards to performers and helping to make bareback porn more responsible. The topic you have raised is something I did not touch upon in my article, but what you wrote is most certainly relevant and very important, so I thank you for including this in your response to my article. Your contribution is greatly appreciated JC and I also encourage bareback porn performers to make themselves aware of their numbers for the reasons you have stated.

Ian November 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm Reply

I don’t think a HIV test is enough to have safe raw sex… cause there is a window period, and in all of us is different. Bare sex is always risky between neg guys, we poz, what the fuck! we all already “fucked up”… But well is not all about HIV all more STD around raw sex…

Brad Berrigan November 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm Reply

I also share your concern about the window period when it comes to HIV testing, which is why the PCR test is better than the ELISA test, because the window period is reduced to days rather than weeks, but this can vary from person to person due to individual immune systems. HIV-negative performers cannot be guaranteed a perfectly risk-free experience if they perform in bareback porn, however, advanced comprehensive STD testing, combined with sero-sorting and communication can certainly help to make it a safer experience. It would be great if bareback sex could be a perfectly healthy and safe experience, but unprotected sex comes with all sorts of attachments, some good and some bad. Guys who have bareback sex need to consider all the risks before making a decision to forgo using condoms and even condom users need to be aware that condoms can break and the risks are still present when trying to negotiate a safer sex experience.

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