Guest Writer: J.P. Barnaby (1 of 3), “Have we failed the test?”
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“While L.A. County finally doing something by closing AIM is a good thing, we’ll see if they have the backbone to shut down productions,” said AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein, a longtime critic of AIM, who renewed his call for public health authorities to shut down productions that do not require condoms.
– Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2010*
Have we failed the test?
Six months ago, I had never heard of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation. In August, I started researching a new project which includes characters that become gay adult models. Of course, I’ve been a fan of the industry for a while. I find watching a man make himself physically, if not emotionally, vulnerable to another man incredibly erotic. That’s one of the reasons I author novels in the genre of gay erotic fiction. However, I had no idea that there was a clinic in Los Angeles dedicated to the testing of adult models until I began to follow dozens of models on Twitter and saw a tweet from Wolf Hudson mentioning it.
As I started talking to a few of these guys, I found out that testing policies range from strenuous to non-existent depending on the studio. From watching the ACS (Amateur College Sex) side of Corbin Fisher, I knew that sometimes condoms aren’t anywhere to be found. This puts a lot of pressure on the models to keep themselves tested and put their health in the hands of their scene partners. I think a database with test results for everyone involved in a shoot is a band-aid, but it’s better than fucking in the dark.
That’s why I was very surprised to see that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation was a longtime critic of the AIM testing clinic. I absolutely understand their position about requiring condoms on every shoot, but that’s not likely in a society driven by capitalism. While there are customers that want to see bareback sex, there will be studios that will produce it. The government tries to stay as far away from the stigma of porn as they possibly can. I mean, porn stars bring it on themselves don’t they? If they were worth anything, they’d find another line of work. This is another attitude that pisses me off, but that’s a post for another day.
If the goal is to minimize the new outbreaks of HIV and other STDs, how does it possibly make sense to close a facility geared toward industry performers? Consistent testing for models isn’t going to solve all of the world’s problems, but it will allow them to get treated sooner and allow reputable producers to minimize risks to other models. Of course, that’s a lot of sex to be had in the thirty days between tests and the variables are exponential, but it’s better than them not being tested at all.
I don’t know what the solution is which is why I’m an author and not a politician. It just seems to me that if the goal is to try and keep models safe and healthy, as I think it should be, they should have more options for achieving that goal, not less.
– J. P. Barnaby
Erotic fiction is more than just moans, grunts, and physical pleasure. To J. P. Barnaby, erotic fiction consists not only of the mechanics of physical love, but the complex characters and relationships that lead to those all-encompassing feelings of need and longing. Sex without context is merely sex – but sex coupled with attraction, with explosive repercussions – that is good erotic fiction.