OK, I don’t want to joke about herpes because I actually think that it’s WAY more common than anyone believes it to be, and while it would for sure be sucky if you got it, it’s not exactly a life-ruiner. Still, producers of shows like Jersey Shore and Celebrity Rehab are saying that keeping their stars from getting STDs is one of their main concerns on set.
From the NY Post:
Reality shows such as “Celebrity Rehab” and “Jersey Shore” are so worried about sexually transmitted diseases, they pass out medication “like M&Ms” to cast members, say the shows’ producers.
In a round-table discussion of reality show execs published yesterday in The Hollywood Reporter, SallyAnn Salsano, creator of “Jersey Shore,” says STDs are a constant concern.
“I do a full medical [for cast members] but I also do a lot of STD stuff,” she says.
“The network [VH1] requires me to do stuff with my patients that has no relevance to anything,” Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of “Celebrity Rehab,” says.
“Like everyone on the set has to take [herpes medication] Valtrex,” he said.
“We hand it out like M&Ms!” Salsano said. ” ‘Hey kids, it’s time for Valtrex!’ It’s like a herpes nest. They’re all in there mixing it up.”
Hey! Better safe than sorry, I guess. I think it’s more than sad that reality TV show producers are more concerned about the sexual health of their stars than the stars themselves, but at least someone they associate is aware of how rampant herpes is.