Reader: The Real Taboo at Sex Clubs Is Frank STD Discussion

Reader: The Real Taboo at Sex Clubs Is Frank STD Discussion

Over the past few days, we've received quite a bit of feedback about this week's cover story, about the massive swinger subculture in South Florida. There have been emails, letters, and more than 50 comments between the Broward and Miami readers. We've heard from offended family members, excited swinger rookies, and plenty of religious enthusiasts ready to damn every soul in every sex club.

But perhaps the most interesting yet comes from a poster identifying as "Herpes Helen." Concerned less with the depravity and more with the possible spread of disease, Helen says:

"The REAL taboo in these clubs is not any sex act; rather, it is the free, out-in-the-open-club discussion that many of your fellow clubgoers are herpetic, for example, and not going to tell you."

This is the entire comment:

"It's not the sex that worries me, it's the diseases. Asymptomatic herpes sufferers, for example, shed the virus 24/7. Then, HSV sufferers (whether or not genital warts show) are also ready to give others another "gift that keep on giving." The list of STDs goes on and on. As described in the article, there are bodily fluids all over Trampeze's back room, and those poor Haitian cleaners should be wearing proper Hazmat suits.

"Pretending -- by the sin of STD-facts omission, as this article does -- that the sex-club goers are simply at play in different-themed venues is puerile reporting, much like discussing mammograms and never detailing the inherent radiation.

"The REAL taboo in these clubs is not any sex act; rather, it is the free, out-in-the-open-club discussion that many of your fellow clubgoers are herpetic, for example, and not going to tell you.

"Did the reporter query pharmacists in the area of each of these clubs to find out how many Valtrex prescriptions they fill in a month? No, that would take time...and the work of a professional journalist.

"BTW, one SF reporter did so, interviewing one SF pharmacist whose store fills over 6,000 Valtrex prescriptions per month.

"Enjoy the buffet!"


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