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Jul 14

Thank You from CDC


ACIP Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Office of Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

July 14, 2014 Kora Peters

Dear Ms. Peters,

On behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), I would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere thanks to you for speaking during the public comment portion of our meeting on June 26. Your comments regarding the importance of hepatitis vaccination for individuals in the adult entertainment industry were much appreciated.

The ACIP’s charge is to provide the CDC Director and the Secretary of Health and Human Services with counsel to improve the health of all Americans. While much of our deliberation focuses on scientific studies and evidence, our ultimate goal is to protect all Americans from vaccine-preventable diseases. These people are not statistics – they are our sons and daughters, parents and grandchildren, friends and loved ones. We consider it a grave and profound responsibility to weigh all the evidence in order to prevent both communicable diseases and any potential adverse effects of the vaccines administered.

The ACIP truly appreciated your remarks regarding the heightened risk of hepatitis A for men and women who work in the adult film industry. This is indeed a challenging issue, and deserves careful consideration by the Work Group. You may be certain that your comments will be a part of that process.

Once again, we are grateful for your willingness to share your experiences with the ACIP. We hope you will remain connected to our activities in the future. Additional information about the ACIP, including meeting slide presentations and minutes, is available at index.html

 

 

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Jul 14

Why Does the Adult Industry Have Such Unsafe Filming Protocols?


I have often pondered just who made the protocols for filming (obviously not a woman).  Before filming each scene female stars are expected to douche, usually douche is provided by production company.  I personally have always had an issue with this and one other protocol I intend to share with y’all today, filming while on your period using makeup sponges (non sterile latex sponges).

To address the douching, this is not a safe or sanitary practice as it changes a woman’s natural ph balance and ability to fight off STIs.  Here is some information from douching.html#d

Is douching safe?

Most doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that women don’t douche. Douching can change the delicate balance of vaginal flora (organisms that live in the vagina) and acidity in a healthy vagina. One way to look at it is in a healthy vagina there are both good and bad bacteria. The balance of the good and bad bacteria help maintain an acidic environment. Any changes can cause an over growth of bad bacteria which can lead to a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. Plus, if you have a vaginal infection, douching can push the bacteria causing the infection up into the uterusfallopian (fuh-LOH-pee-uhn) tubes, and ovaries.What are the dangers linked to douching?

Research shows that women who douche regularly have more health problems than women who don’t. Doctors are still unsure whether douching causes these problems. Douching may simply be more common in groups of women who tend to have these issues. Health problems linked to douching include:

Some STIs, BV, and PID can all lead to serious problems during pregnancy. These include infection in the baby, problems with labor, and early delivery.

Now to address the other issue, filming while menstruating using makeup wedge sponges:  Can we all agree that sex anytime when there is blood involved isn’t a safe move? I thought people were fucking with me when they told me that I could film during my period using sponges, but they weren’t!  The sponges are porous and not sterilized for anyone’s safety.  Perhaps the adult industry should study bloodborne pathogens since they are working with blood, just saying! And finally, gross…Yes I said it, this shit is just nasty!! 

 

07
Jul 14

Help Prove Condomless Sex Doesn’t Have To Be Unprotected sex!


Let’s help prove condomless sex doesn’t have to be unprotected sex and help make a safer tomorrow for everyone!

As we all know the adult industry and many of their top performers have been fighting against the use of condoms in porn.  Many of the top performers have stated that they don’t want condoms in porn because they pose a health risk all their own.  So, it would stand to reason that the adult industry would be all for the use of PrEP drugs to prevent the transmission of HIV and keep performers safe.

I have emailed Diane Duke several times to no avail about the usefulness of PrEP in the adult industry as an alternative to condoms.  Since I keep getting the “dead end” treatment with Diane Duke, FSC, and PASS I am appealing to the performers themselves to step up and help prove that condomless sex doesn’t have to be unsafe sex.

We have a unique opportunity to be a part of a clinical trial for new PrEP drugs that could save the lives of millions of people, not to mention make the adult industry a safer place to work.  The ECLA is conducting clinical trials for new PrEP and needs 15 women to be a part of this exciting new study.   The study will be conducted at the UCLA CARE Center – - at 1399 S. Roxbury Drive #100 – - right on the corner of Pico and Roxbury (Century City/Beverly Hills).  Here are some links and information about the study:

http://www.nextprepstudy.org/about.html

http://www.uclahealth.org/site.cfm?id=1953

http://betablog.org/next-prep-a-new-study-of-maraviroc-for-hiv-prevention/

http://www.hptn.org/research_studies/hptn069.asp

HPTN 069 is a study for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention which is studying the safety of some alternatives to Truvada-based prep.  All the drugs are FDA approved to TREAT (fight) HIV, but only the Truvada is approved (Right now!) to prevent HIV.  It’s specifically looking at a drug called Maraviroc (Selzentry) which prevents HIV from getting into cells in the first place.  The study lasts for 49 weeks, and people are seen mostly every 2 months  while on the study (it’s more at the beginning, and then tapers off).  People take 3 pills per day (some are active pills, and some are sugar (“placebo”) pills – but each set of 3 has at least one active drug in it that fights HIV, so no one is getting NOTHING.  We won’t know and the participants wont’ know which ones are real and which are placebo until the very end of the study.  People get paid $25 per visit (once they start the medicaiton – so not at the very first “screening” visit), $100 for each of 4 cervical biopsies, and $25 for answering a week’s worth of text messages about once per month (it’s a random week each month or so while on the study).  The total amount you could make if you did all the assessments is between $800 and $900 (it’s not exact because the number of text messages is random).  The big thing to be careful about is that you can’t have sex for a week before or a week after the vaginal biopsies, which happens 4 times – - at the very beginning, at 6 months in, and TWICE at the very end.  So people would have to make sure their work schedules allowed for that.  Of course, people have to be HIV negative, and STD testing is provided as part of the study at regular intervals (treatment is NOT provided, but we have linkages with places that treat for free, so no worries about that piece).

In conclusion, female adult performers can help make tomorrow a safer place for everyone and of course be compensated for your time.  There are males in the study too but they have enough volunteers already from the men (not in our industry), so I am asking you ladies to step up and lead the way!

 

03
Jul 14

What I said at CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Meeting


I was offered the opportunity to comment at the CDC ACIP meeting last Thursday and here is what I said:

Hello, my name is Kora Peters and I am here representing adult industry performers who, as you know are at high risk for STDs.  I want to talk specifically about hepatitis A.  MSM are considered a risk group for hepatitis A, presumably because of sexual behaviors that put them at risk of infection.  But female adult performers and male performers who are not MSM regularly engage in the same high-risk behaviors as MSM. And because of this I believe ACIP should consider recommending that all adult performers be given occupational high-risk status.  Adult performers are bad about getting hepatitis A vaccination, and I believe if it were made a specific CDC recommendation they would be more likely protect themselves and each other by getting vaccinated.

We don’t know how common hepatitis A infection is among performers, because the industry doesn’t test for hepatitis A . . . although they did add hepatitis B to the test panel in August of last year.  I know ACIP requires evidence before making any new recommendations, so what I’d like to request is that the new hepatitis A workgroup take up this issue, and if studies suggest that all adult performers are at increased risk for hepatitis A, which I believe they are, then they should consider recommending the vaccine for them.  I think that would make what is a risky lifestyle choice a little safer.  Thank you for your time.