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BelladonnaWe are huge fans of Belladonna here at Babeland. If you haven't seen Fashionistas, Fucking Girls, Girl Train, or Pirates II, you must. You can visit Belladonna at her website and follow her on Twitter to learn about her new projects.Belladonna recently shared some of her thoughts on safer sex in the porn industry (inspired by the recent HIV positive diagnosis in the industry) with the Babeland blog and we're posting them here so everyone can read them. So, without further delay, here is Bella in her first Babeland blog post!

First of all, I'd like to say that I am thankful that the adult industry has become exceptionally safer since I first started performing back in 1999. Back then, testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea was not required, which I found to be ridiculous since those were the most common STDs. However, I do believe that if the 30 day window were shortened to at MOST, 7 days, we could BETTER prevent the spread of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, not to mention HIV.

Since I started testing people that I have sex with 3 days prior to our engagement, it has been over 5 years since I've contracted Chlamydia or Gonorrhea. I knowingly caught over a handful of performers with STDs by using this rule. As a female in this industry, I can say it feels DAMN good to not have to spend every week at the doctor's office clearing up an STD and being out of work. I feel like I'm more excited about having sex and performing, knowing that I'm going to be STD free. I also think it would be smart for new performers in the business to be required to get a full panel test, prior to performing, not only for themselves to see where they stand, but for our industry as well. I think a lot of performers get into the business and already have the herpes virus and don't know about it and then try to blame it on the industry.

Performers in this business need to be safer when having sexual relations OUTSIDE of the industry. They need to be more responsible with safe sex because they DO know more than the average person when it comes to STDs and safe sex. If this were happening, the spread of STDs inside the business would be a fraction of what it is now. As for condoms, personally, I can only be as safe as I can be without diminishing the value of what I'm trying to accomplish. Condoms just don't feel good to suck on, or to take in the ass, hard and fast. If I were required to use condoms, my performance would most likely suffer, and in the end I would suffer. I'm not trying to debate with anyone here, I'm just saying, if my co-workers were more responsible, we could all make some great porn and be STD free at the same time.

To be perfectly honest, I understand my job is a high risk job, but there are many high risk jobs out there like, construction workers on skyscrapers, oil riggers, stuntmen... but when these people get hurt on the job, do you see the world turning it into something its not? No, it's just because people are not comfortable with themselves sexually and have to point fingers at us to make themselves feel better about it.

have to point fingers at us to make themselves feel better about it.