Ethical Treatment of Porn Models

PRINCIPLE #4

Do you have a high standard of STI testing, with shoots only proceeding with negative results?

The sexual health of models is paramount. While we all acknowledge that STI tests cannot be 100% effective in eliminating STI transmission, regular testing is a valuable tool to reduce disease spreading.

Recommendations

  • Test for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hep A, Hep B, Hep C, HIV, Syphilis, and Herpes (if lesions present)
  • Require “all clear” STI test results on-paper before shoots commence
  • Encourage models performing in a scene together to review each other’s STI test results
  • Educate staff and crew on interpreting STI confusing results (for example, testing positive for antibodies for an STI can seem like a positive result to a lay person)
  • Consider temporarily stopping producing shoots when there is a confirmed STI outbreak
  • Have a qualified medical expert on-call to interpret ambiguous results
  • Support models who test positive, to get treated and be re-tested – signpost them to local emotional support networks if needed
  • Store STI test results securely and privately

For extra credit

  • Pay up front or reimburse models for STI test results