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ASK THE DOC

 
ASK THE DOC
A major concern in the workplace for performers is their health and safety. Many performers are unaware of the sexually transmitted diseases that may be a concern when filming a sex scene. While the industry has set testing standards and protocols, we are often responsible for our own safety on set. It can be difficult for performers to know when it’s time to speak up to protect their health and safety. In many circumstances, a performer may be afraid to call out an issue because of how it may affect others on set. It is important for a performer to understand that their health and well being is more important than the concern over others “feelings.”
The best way to help a performer have a better day on set is to educate them about what to look for, which may not always seem so obvious. We’ve all heard the words ” I cut myself shaving” or “it’s an ingrown hair” when performers question a lesion or wound on their scene partners genitals. Sometimes, this is truly the case. Shaving injuries or ingrown hairs are common, but this isn’t always the truth behind the lesion.
If you are ever concerned, you always have the right to request a new scene partner, or bow out of a scene. More importantly, the producer or director should take the proper steps and replace the talent, thus providing you a SAFE working environment to keep you healthy. Contracting and spreading diseases on set is something everyone should be working to prevent. As we claim to the public and to OSHA that we police ourselves, it’s time to follow this up with due diligence on set.
With these provided concerns, the Guild has stepped up to help educate performers on how to keep themselves safe and healthy. This new section, ASK THE DOC, will offer articles and insight with different Guild affiliated doctors and therapists. The topics will range in subjects, all dedicated to keeping your body and mind healthy. We are very excited and thankful to have this as an educational resource! If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic, please contact us.
ASK THE DOC ARTICLES
Written by Dr. Jason Goldman
Written By Dr. Jason Goldman
Written By Dr. Jason Goldman
Written By Dr. Jason Goldman
Written By Dr. Jason Goldman

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