Aug 23

Confirmatory Tests Returned, Performer Tests Positive for HIV

In cooperation with ATMLA, LATATA, FSC and APHSS, we are saddened to report that the tests involving performer Cameron Bay have been confirmed as positive for HIV. Both Cutting Edge Testing (CET) and Talent Testing Services (TTS) have run separate tests and have confirmed this information.

Thus far, there is no evidence whatsoever that there has been an on-set transmission of HIV. First generation partner identification and notifications are nearly completed. As a precautionary measure, the production moratorium will remain in place until all first generation partners have been tested and cleared.

Mark Schechter, owner of ATMLA and agent for Cameron has been in constant communication with Cameron since this information surfaced yesterday. Schechter further states, “Cameron is obviously distraught over this conclusive information provided to her today, and yet she has been 100% cooperative with the medical personnel, strictly in the interest of ensuring the fastest possible partner notification for the benefit of all concerned. Cameron has been a model citizen acting responsibly at this most difficult time. Her courage should be lauded.”

Cameron has provided the following statement: “As difficult as this news is for me today, I am hopeful that no other performers have been affected. I plan on doing everything possible to assist the medical professionals and my fellow performers.  Following that, my long term plan is to take care of myself and my health.”

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.aphss.org/?p=447

Aug 16

APHSS Issues Clarification

megaphone2Some performers have contacted FSC/APHSS to clarify if tests taken previous to Monday, August 19, will still be valid.

Current tests are valid until they expire. All test taken on or after August 19 will include the new testing protocols (which include tests for hepatitis B, C and trichomoniasis. Once again, performers will be “available” with their existing tests until they expire.

For questions or more information on APHSS, please contact (818) 348-9373 or joanne@freespeechcoalition.com.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.aphss.org/?p=441

Aug 15

APHSS Announces New Protocols for Performer Testing Starting Monday, August 19

10299311-molecular-structure-of-the-hepatitis-b-virusAPHSS (Adult Production Health & Safety Services) has announced that beginning August 19, 2013, additional tests will be added to the regular STD testing panels for adult performers. These include screening tests for Hepatitis B, and C, as well as a test for Trichomoniasis Vaginalis.

“The medical advisory council that works with APHSS has recommended the addition of these tests to the regular monthly and twice-monthly tests for performers,” FSC (Free Speech Coalition) CEO Diane Duke said. “Plans to add these tests had been in the works for the past few months and were scheduled to go into effect on September 1. However, at the request of several industry stakeholders, we will start the new protocols as of August 19.”

Information submitted to the APHSS database for tests taken on or after Aug 19 will be required to include these test protocols. The added protocols are as follows:

Every 28 days, performers will be required to take blood tests for Hepatitis B and C.

Every performer panel (28 or 14 days) will require a urine sample for Trichomoniasis.

These tests are in addition to HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia tests that are the current standard.

“Trichomoniasis is a common sexually-transmitted bacterial infection,” Duke added. “The doctors on the APHSS advisory council have helped to develop protocols for Trichomoniasis – as well as Hepatitis B, and C – because these are the next steps for guaranteeing that we have a robust and comprehensive system of testing for performers.”

FSC operates APHSS in order to uphold industry health & safety protocols and standards for self-regulation. For more information on APHSS or testing protocols, please contact (818) 348-9373 or visit APHSS.org.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.aphss.org/?p=435

Aug 06

Free Speech Coalition Statement on Possible Syphilis Case

305px-SYPHILIS_CAN_BE_CURED_-_NARA_-_515520In response to media reports of a possible incidence of a positive syphilis test being returned for an adult performer, FSC (which operates APHSS.org) has released the following statement:

“FSC wishes to address rumors of a syphilis ‘outbreak’ in the adult industry. A performer tested positive for syphilis on one type of test and negative on another, and we are awaiting the results of definitive confirmatory tests.

“FSC’s Adult Performer Health and Safety Services (APHSS.org) will follow sound medical practices for either positive or negative test results as directed by the doctors associated with the program. Only if and when a positive confirmation is received, FSC will follow the notification protocols already in place.

“Patient privacy and respect are of utmost importance to us and we encourage responsible reporting rather than the spread of misinformation by rumor mill opportunists who may take this situation as prospect for media attention.”

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.aphss.org/?p=431

Mar 19

FSC Responds to Complaint Filed by AHF Against Immoral Productions

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Free Speech Coalition (FSC) denounces actions taken by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) as another misguided attempt to monopolize public health policy by demonizing adult industry businesses

At a press conference today, AHF announced that it has filed a complaint against adult production company Immoral Productions. In response to the latest developments involving AHF’s relentless attacks on the adult industry, FSC CEO Diane Duke has issued the following statement:

“There hasn’t been an on set transmission of HIV since 2004 – nationwide. Adult film industry protocols are highly effective, which is why it is so preposterous that AHF has spent millions on a problem that doesn’t exist. Moreover, AHF has yet to bring forth performers who are not on their payroll and now, an “anonymous” letter? Countless adult film performers have come out against AHF’s crusade as detrimental to their health and their livelihood,” Duke said.

“The bottom line is that AHF’s efforts will only diminish performer safety, drive jobs out of LA and California and spend valuable tax dollars on a non-issue,” Duke added.

As the adult industry trade association, FSC has opposed AHF’s special interest campaign for barrier protection use in adult productions since 2007.

In 2010, after a lawsuit brought by AHF delivered a crippling financial blow to the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare (AIM) clinic, which had been the primary source of healthcare services for industry performers. At that time, FSC stepped in to uphold industry-appropriate standards and protocols for production safety and developed the APHSS.org database program, to oversee performer STD testing.

In 2012, after an estimated $6 million dollars in campaign expenditures by AHF, county voters passed the Los Angeles ‘Safer Sex’ Ordinance for Adult Productions (aka Measure B) by a margin of 57% to 43%. Language on the ballot scarcely stated to voters the proposed barrier protection use, which includes condoms, dental dams, goggles and gloves. Soon after the election, Vivid Entertainment and two performer co-plaintiffs filed suit against the County of Los Angeles, in an effort to strike down the regulation. The case is ongoing.

AHF’s anti-adult industry attempts continue with Assembly Bill 332, which was to be introduced in committee today in Sacramento. The bill has been tabled by the Arts & Entertainment committee, but was handed over to the Labor Committee for further consideration.

FSC will continue to oppose AB 332 and the Los Angeles ordinance as unconstitutional and a burden on both adult industry and California taxpayers. If you would like to find out more about the Los Angeles ordinance, AB 332, or how YOU can help fight AHF’s big money, special interest campaign, contact info@freespeechcoalition.com and follow us @FSCArmy.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.aphss.org/?p=421

Mar 13

Trep-Sure No Longer Required for Active Performers

APHSS Medical Advisory Board Approves Move to RPR Testing on Performers’ Panel

Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS) and its medical advisory board has announced that, effective March 14, 2013, active performers will no longer be required to include the Trep-Sure® (syphilis) test on the STD testing panel. Instead, the Trep-Sure test will be replaced with the RPR test, a recognized standard for syphilis testing, used by clinics and hospitals.

However, first-time performers will still be required to take ONE Trep-sure test, prior to performing in their first scene. Thereafter, active talent are required to take a regular performer’s panel, which should include a RPR test for syphilis.

The change in protocol is hoped to lessen wait time for test results, as well as unnecessary testing for specific patients.

The decision comes after the first meeting of the APHSS medical advisory board, which is made up of a team of 6 doctors including infectious disease experts, pathologists, and internists that either serve in an advisory capacity, or as doctors involved with APHSS testing facilities.

“Our medical advisory board had a very substantive discussion that concluded with the revised protocol,” FSC CEO Diane Duke said. “An overwhelming majority of our medical professionals concluded that this was the best path.

“This is an impressive group and me are extremely fortunate to be able to rely on their expertise,” Duke added.

APHSS was developed by Free Speech Coalition (FSC) to uphold testing protocols for the adult production industry. One of the responsibilities of APHSS is to mandate minimum standards of performer testing, in order to comply with industry-appropriate self-regulation.

For more information on APHSS, contact info@freespeechcoalition.com.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.aphss.org/?p=415

Dec 20

Holiday Schedules for APHSS Testing Facilities

Please, make note of holiday closures and schedule your testing appointments accordingly. Also, please note that lab results will be delayed due to the holidays; if you have concerns about receiving test results from Dec 24 to Jan 2, please contact your testing facility to be advised.

We appreciate your continued support of industry performer testing. If you have questions about the APHSS program, please contact (818) 348-9373.

Wishing you a bright, beautiful holiday season and healthy New Year.

 

Cutting Edge Testing:

(Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale locations)

Dec 24 – Closed

Dec 25 – Closed

(Los Angeles and Ft Lauderdale locations)

Dec 31 – Closed

Jan 1, 2013 – Closed

CET will not be accepting any tests by mail between Dec 20-Jan 2, due ensure integrity of specimens. For more information, contact (818) 386-2132 in Los Angeles, (954) 745-6888 in Ft Lauderdale.

 

Talent Testing Services:

(Miami and Northridge locations)

Dec 24 – Open half-day

Dec 25 – Closed

(Miami and Northridge locations)

Dec 31 – Open half-day

Jan 1, 2013 – Closed

Test results for testing on Dec 24 will be available Dec 26. Test results for testing on Dec 31 will be available Jan 2. For more information, contact (818) 885-0812 in Los Angeles, (305) 792-2090 in Miami.

 

Vegas STD Testing:

Dec 24 – Closed

Dec 25 – Closed

 

Dec 31 – Closed

Jan 1, 2013 – Closed

Testing done Dec 19 – Dec 21 will not be reported until Dec 26, at the earliest. Results for testing done Dec 26 – Dec 28 will not be reported until Jan 2, at the earliest. Normal operating hours resume on January 2nd. For more information, contact (702) 800-2723.

 

AMTC:

Dec 25 – Closed

Jan 1, 2013 – Closed

For more information, contact (888) 511-0262.

 

STD Status:

Dec 24– Closed

Dec 25- Closed

Dec 31 – Closed

Jan 1, 2013 – Closed

For more information, contact (866)-554-4296.

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Dec 03

APHSS Testing Facilities Available Again in Las Vegas

APHSS announced the opening of new performer testing facilities in Las Vegas, NV — STD Testing Clinics. There are two locations in Las Vegas – the southeast location is at 500 E. Windmill Ln, #115, and the northwest location is at 2051 N. Rainbow Blvd, #100.

“The facilities and physicians at STD Testing Clinics are top notch,” Duke explained. “They are committed to providing quality service to our performers at a competitive price.  We want to make sure performers have a broad range of choices for testing, and STD Testing Clinics is an excellent option.” For more information about STD Testing Clinics see their website at http://www.stdtestingclinics.com.

 

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Dec 03

Double Trep-sure Testing No Longer Required by APHSS

APHSS is happy to announce that, beginning immediately, APHSS will no longer require two Trep-sure tests for performers coming into the industry. Moving forward, the Trep-sure syphilis test will just be part of the regular panel for everyone in the APHSS program.

The double Trep-sure was necessary after some performers tested positive for syphilis in August to ensure that syphilis within the industry was contained and to protect performers from contracting syphilis from new performers coming in to the industry. After discussing result trends with APHSS physicians, it was determined that two tests for new performers is no longer necessary. Feel free to email diane@freespeechcoalition.com if you have questions.

Permanent link to this article: http://blog.aphss.org/?p=402

Oct 17

FSC Announces Talent Testing Service (TTS) is Now a Fully Endorsed APHSS Provider

Availability status data submission to begin immediately

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS.org), a division of the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), is pleased to announce that Talent Testing Service (TTS) has signed on as a fully endorsed provider to the APHSS database system.

Speaking for APHSS, FSC Board Vice President Christian Mann noted, “This is in keeping with our vision of industry unity when we launched APHSS as a resource providing availability information to producers and performers in the wake of the closure of AIM. It’s great news for the adult production community here in Los Angeles and anywhere that APHSS providers perform health tests for industry performers.”

“We have always understood the importance of the APHSS program as a consolidating service between the different health alternatives that the adult industry talent has” said Sixto Pacheco, President & CEO of TTS. “I am pleased that we have been able to put our differences aside and come together with a plan that benefits the adult industry as a whole.”

The necessary adjustments required to integrate TTS as a stand-alone diagnostic facility into the APHSS system, which was originally set up as a program for clinics, have been made. TTS conforms to the same protocols of all APHSS providers.

Performers who test at TTS will be able to opt in to APHSS effective immediately.

“We are very pleased to have Talent Testing join APHSS’ other quality providers,” said FSC CEO Diane Duke. This alliance will only help with performer continuity of care.”

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 About Adult Performer Health & Safety Services (APHSS):

Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS) is a service administered by the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), in order to provide adult industry producers and performers with a reliable protocol and database for STI testing.

About The Free Speech Coalition (FSC):

The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is the national trade organization to the adult entertainment industry. Its mission is to lead, protect and support the growth and well-being of the adult entertainment community.

About Talent Testing Service, Inc. (TTS):

Talent Testing Service, Inc. (TTS) provides safe, courteous, affordable, and convenient talent testing through wholly owned subsidiaries or collaborating sites. Since 2006, TTS has provided the most advanced infectious molecular testing for the adult industry. TTS is a privately held company with headquarters in Miami, Florida and a subsidiary office in Los Angeles, CA.

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