APHSS Releases Update on Production Moratorium, Performer Testing

Aug 20, 2012 2:45 PM PST

CANOGA PARK, Calif. — As a result of an adult performer testing positive for syphilis, Adult Production Health and Safety Services (APHSS) providers are administering the standard RPR syphilis test that is approved by the FDA for preliminary diagnosis, the organization said Monday.

A negative test does not mean the performer is approved to work, according to APHSS.

In a press release, APHSS said:

"It is important to note that this test has a large window period — as much as 90 days — and therefore cannot be relied upon to diagnose an acute (recent) syphilis infection. More importantly, a person with an acute infection can be contagious and still test negative. We cannot rely on these tests alone to determine a performer’s availability to work. This test only provides our doctors a baseline from which to base further testing or treatment options."

Free Speech Coalition (FSC), which runs the APHSS program, has called a temporary moratorium on production and asks that all producers honor this moratorium.

APHSS said that syphilis is easily treatable — it requires treatment with antibiotics. APHSS’ doctors network has determined that prophylactic treatment for syphilis for all performers is warranted. The shots have been ordered from the pharmacy and within the next couple of days, APHSS.org will have set up a network of medical professionals to administer the shots. Locations for performers to get the shots will be announced by Tuesday, Aug. 21. Once the performer receives antibiotics, he or she will be available to work within 10 days.

The APHSS announcement continued, "Finally, our doctor’s network is speaking with expert microbiologists to determine if there is a test that can be utilized to identify the presence of an acute infection of syphilis. If such a test exists, this test will be administered when the performer comes in for prophylactic treatment, in order to provide additional information."

According to APHSS, Manwin has agreed to cover cost of the shots for performers. Other producers contributing to cover the cost of treatment include Evil Angel, Girlfriend Films, Kink.com, Vivid Pictures, and Gamma Entertainment. Still more producers are offering to contribute – this is an industry-wide effort by producers to ensure the safety of the performers, the organization said, adding "We greatly appreciate the cooperation and contributions of involved parties at this time."

“I always appreciate how our industry comes together in a time of need,” said FSC Executive Director Diane Duke. “Clearly our industry’s priority is the health and well-being of our performers. Thank you to all of the producers who have and will contribute and thanks to all of you for honoring the moratorium.”

For more information on APHSS.org, contact Joanne@freespeechcoalition.com.

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