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178182 HIV Risk Behaviors and Health Status in Female Adult Film Performers
Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 11:00 AM
Context: Though a large and legal industry in the United States, adult film performers enjoy little to none of the mandated protections afforded workers in other industries. Adult film performers regularly engage in sexual acts without barriers protective against STDs including HIV. Little is known about other HIV risk behaviors in adult film performers or about their health status, and how these might be similar or different from a similar population of young women in California.
Objectives: 1) To describe HIV risk behaviors and health status (physical, mental, and social) among female adult film performers 2) To identify factors associated with HIV risk behaviors and health status in female adult film performers 3) To compare HIV risk behaviors and health status in female adult film performers and a demographically similar population of women in California.
Design: A structured web-based survey based on the 2007 California Women's Health Survey will be administered to a random sample of 200 female adult film performers recruited from a performer list. Participants will be eligible if they have performed in at least one adult film released in the prior six months that is available on the Adult DVD Empire website, which represents about 85% of all adult films produced each year. Performers who are eligible to participate will be recruited using their MySpace page, an online social networking site. They will be sent an email link to complete the survey.
Results and Conclusions will be available by October, 2008.
Keywords: Sex Workers, Women's Health
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I helped conceive of the study, methods and data analysis plan as well as drafted the abstract.
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.