Recently the gay porn industry has seen a trend moving towards more and more bareback sex. Using web analytics, studios and directors are using technology to determine what people are downloading and watching. This dictates their decisions on where they should be investing time, money and resources. However, not all gay porn models are in favour of bareback sex and now are speaking out to advocate for safer-sex in the gay porn industry.
Bareback sex can be considered risk, especially when safer-sex practices aren’t being used. For example, the use of barriers and PrEP. Gay porn stars take their own health and safer-sex very seriously. Many porn stars have been very vocal about safer-sex including Dominic Pacifico, Chase Young and Dayton O’Connor. They know they are role models for many people. While they don’t turn a blind eye on the subject, they want people to be aware that safer sex can be fun, sexy and reduce your risk of HIV or STI’s.
“I’m personally against barebacking,” stated Canadian gay porn star and producer, Brandon Jones. “As a porn star doing this as a profession, we are an example to a lot of people. If people only see safe sex, it would be a very smart thing to do. I will only shoot safe sex. It’s important for my health, my friends, and the people I love. If I can give a good example, then I would have done my job and followed my true beliefs from the time I started, to the time I end.”
For some models, the answer is clear and simple, condoms all the way!
“Safe sex,” said Seth Knight, who is short and to the point on the subject. “That is all. Don’t risk it. I think bareback is hot, but it’s best not to put your life in danger.”
For porn stars that film scenes regularly, the risk increases because of the number of partners they will have. The easiest way to reduce their risk, in addition to regular testing, is to insist on the use of condoms for every scene they shoot.
“I personally think that bareback sex is unsafe,” said Levi Karter. “I’m not for it. I wouldn’t agree to do unprotected sex because of the risk factor. All the sudden more studios are doing it now. It’s a trend people are jumping on to. I don’t understand the trend of barebacking. I don’t like it. It’s risky enough, even for oral. Unless you are in a committed relationship and you know you both are clean, then it’s ok. We shouldn’t encourage it.”
For porn stars who have been on the set for just a few months, or for someone who has been in the industry for years, using condoms when filming a scene is part of the job for them. It’s for their personal safety.
“Porn is forever,” says Hans Berlin. “Especially with the digital age, it will never go away. So if you think about running for president in the future, think twice before you start your porn career. There is definitely life after porn though – my therapist used to be an Adult Film actor as well.”
Hans also reminds people who are interested in getting into the industry to maintain their personal integrity, because there will be a lot of things that will fuck with your mind. “Lots of crazy people and crazy situations. But also some really great fun and some of the best people you will ever meet,” says Hans Berlin.
For most models, it comes down to their personal beliefs, their morals, ethics, safer-sex education, and risk reduction.
Typically, gay porn stars that have safe sex on camera extend the policy into their personal lives too. It’s something that is important to them, and something they don’t take likely. This doesn’t mean that they haven’t had a slip-up in the past, or are against barebacking in trusting, long-term relationships, but generally speaking, their actions on set are reflective of their personal actions off-camera too.