Dr. Gail Dines was invited to speak during a plenary session on porn use and STDs at the biennial 2018 National STD Prevention conference hosted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in August. Sexual health professionals, including program staff, scientists, clinicians, youth-serving professionals, and reproductive health care providers gathered in Washington DC to explore how to build a more robust public health response to the increasing incidence of STDs.

“The more that kids use porn the less likely they are to use condoms,” Dines told the gathering during her talk titled: “Porn as Sex Education: Unpacking the Relationship Between Porn and STDs.” She added that trustworthy sex education information is difficult to find online. “When typing specific sex ed words into Google, 63 percent of pages that appeared were porn sites,” she said, citing a study published in the Health Education & Behavior journal.