Coronavirus and Porn

Love in the time of Corona would be less likely if you are a single individual that into arranging dates through applications or sharing intimacies now that that full caution is advised with mask use and social distancing, among other precautions. However, this does not prevent one from indulging in Netflix or porn binge (hush!), especially when the already low number of acquaintances they interact with avoid any socialization. 

What about opting for the "coronavirus porn" category, though? Shocked to learn there is any?

Well, comedian Stephen Colbert mentioned coronavirus porn in one of his monologues joking that "every time we get an epidemic, someone's gotta make pornography out of it." Then, this rapidly spreading phenomenon has been covered even by Reuters among many others. The search for "coronavirus porn" on Pornhub.com yields 1,998 results in early December, a jump from 1500 results in mid-November. These videos are one of the most sought-after virtual adventures in self-quarantine, although the actors' face masks do not help viewers get all the details. Philosophical inquiries aside, probably boredom and curiosity make the watchers probe this genre before developing a taste.

Adult Industry and (Coronavirus) Testing

However, there is another aspect of this improper story as governments and corporations switch from developing desperate reopening plans to lockdowns amid the coronavirus waves. Authorities the world over wrestle with an endless list of questions: what are the best testing methods, places, and frequencies? Additional complex issues include the privacy element, geography, politics, science, and the cost. This overwhelming picture makes one examine not only the above porn category, though - the adult movie industry can inspire ideas and guidance for patter testing practices.

When HIV infections debilitated the multibillion-dollar industry in the late 1990s, the mainstream porn community started implementing procedures that demanded all performers to be tested for HIV and a multitude of other sexually transmitted infections every fortnight so that they can be cleared to work. One single HIV-positive instance results in an urgent shutdown of all sets across the US, which can open again only after a detailed contact tracing. The industry pundits say the nationwide PASS program serves to protect thousands of performers, assures safer workplaces, and reduces the threatening spread of the disease. Sharon Mitchell, a one time actress with a Ph.D. in human sexuality and taking blood samples, formalized the rules and protocols that would transform into PASS by creating the Adult Industry Medical health care foundation when Marc Wallice, an actor, forged his HIV test in 1998.

As a matter of fact, the industry applies 4 Ts in this sensitive line of business: targeting a performer, testing to confirm, treating the patient, and tracing his/her likely partners. In May 2020, Stat News was one of the first platforms to report the suggestion of employing the adult film industry as a model. 

“I only perform on sets where the PASS system is in place,” says Maitland Ward, an adult film star with three Adult Video News Oscars and a former star on the sitcom “Boy Meets World.” “Professional porn follows very strict guidelines on a regular basis,” Ms. Ward said.

Of course, the coronavirus's incubation period means that people could have negative test results indicating it's safe to travel but be contagious by the time they get on a plane. Free Speech Coalition shares continuous updates with the adult industry as in this late November post and avises strict compliance with coronavirus measures.

The adult industry can also set an example for the movie industry, its so-called hygenic equivalent suffering from Covid-19 in billions according to a Statista report.

Not considering porn sites as a pastime platform, Thailand banned over 190 sites in November 2020.