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L.A. porn stars have higher STD rates than Nevada prostitutes

According to a new study published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, there are significantly more gonorrhea and chlamydia cases among the adult film star population based in Los Angeles than there are in legal prostitutes working in Nevada. This is relevant news considering that California will be voting in the upcoming election on whether or not porn actors and actresses should be legally required to wear condoms during production.

Public health experts from the Los Angeles County of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California at Los Angeles tested 168 porn stars for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They discovered that 28 percent had contracted either gonorrhea or chlamydia, or both.

"The results of this study suggest that many performers in the [adult film industry] are not safe on the job from acquiring and transmitting [STDs] at multiple anatomical sites," the authors of the study concluded, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Repeated and chronic infection with [sexually transmitted infections] can lead to infertility, chronic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancies, and can facilitate HIV infection."

Between the two STDs, gonorrhea was the most prevalent among the study's participants, and the disease was most commonly detected in the oropharynx, or upper throat area. Moreover, 95 percent of the infections at this site did not cause any symptoms in patients.

The fact that some STDs can be asymptomatic poses a big problem for public health officials because affected individuals can unknowingly transmit viruses and bacteria to their sexual partners. Without symptoms, these people may be less likely to get tested, and, if left untreated, such conditions can cause long-term complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease in women and epididymitis in men, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
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