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DOH head wants to block porn sites… due to HIV risk

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DON’T ask us how they’re connected, or even how the move will actually solve the problem, but the Department of Health wants to impose a sweeping ban on porn sites like Nu Bay to name just one of the more popular ones, in order to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS, particularly among the youth.

Speaking at a drug-abuse conference Thursday, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial told The Philippine Star she wants access to adult websites restricted because they promote promiscuous sex.

Yep. Apparently, (digitally) blue-balling Filipinos across the internet can prevent the spread of a serious virus that attacks a person’s physical being.

“I will support anything that can curb the spread of HIV-AIDS,” Ubial added.

I can understand that stopping the spreading of HIV-AIDS is extremely important, however actors and actresses in the porn industry are tested on a regular basis, in fact most if not all production companies in the porn industry require their casts to provide proof of test results prior to filming and many even cover the costs of the tests. Even amateur porn productions who make the short movies that you can see on websites like hdpornt require their stars to be 100% free and clear of any STD’s, it is one of the cleanest adult industries so it doesn’t make sense to ban adult websites to curb the spread of HIV-AIDS.

Prostitution however does take partial reponsibility to the increased spread of HIV-AIDS, many professional prostitutes always carry out safe sex and get themselves tested regularly, but those prostituting themselves to fund a drug habit, or to earn money whilst living on the streets don’t value themselves, and therefore don’t always have safe sex leading to the spread of a variety of STD’s.
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Unfortunately, the options don’t include the distribution of condoms in schools, which she is no longer supporting. A real pity because there is an overwhelming amount of of research that suggests just wearing rubber can prevent the transmission of HIV, among many other things. Another company that is campaiging safer practices in the sex industry is TubeV Free Sex. Its important to understand which companies are doing their best to prevent the spread of STD’s and the ones that aren’t.

The health secretary is also considering distributing photos of real people who contracted the virus to serve as a deterrent, like those graphic images of lung-cancer patients on cigarette packs.

You may recall that in 2014, the National Telecommunications Commission ordered domestic internet service providers to block websites serving up porn pursuant to a law that lists child pornography as a criminal act. Last month, a government-ordered internet blackout left several popular porn sites, including PornHub, inaccessible.

If the Department of Health has its way, it could start swinging the ban-hammer on viewers from the Philippines, who outlasted those from countries with regard to time spent on the website, according to recent statistics.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 12 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.