Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Porn Panic 2012 (The Original Series): Finally, Some Unity?? TTS and APHSS Compromise On Testing Protocols; And APHSS Holds NO-Holds-Barred Meeting Hashing Out Testing Procedure And Condom Mandate Resistance

Wel..it seems that we may finally be turning the corner regarding the LA porn industry finally getting off their collective arses and coming together (ignore the pun) to save themselves.

The first big thaw was when Talent Testing Services and the Free Speech Coalition-backed group Adult Performer Health and Safety Services (APHSS), decided to bury their hatchets and compromise on the issue of performer testing protocols. TTS, for various reasons, had enough issues with the APHSS database system and retaining their autonomy as a seperate testing org that they had refused to join APHSS when it was originally formed last year; and APHSS had their own issues regarding some standards of TTS that didn't meet the guidelines set forth by the former.

With the help of the large conglomerate Manwin, though, a deal was reached in which TTS would retain its independence from APHSS, but their test results would be integrated into the APHSS database, allowing for industry access across the board for performers using TTS via the larger database.

Diane Duke, Executive Director of the FSC, made the official announcement Monday via XBiz.com. Some snippage:

Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS.org) today announced that it will start to receive Talent Testing Service, Inc. (TTS) data into the APHSS database via an electronic transfer protocol. While TTS is a non-APHSS provider, FSC and TTS have agreed that a comprehensive information source for performer availability is critical to support industry protocols.

Earlier it was reported that TTS did not meet all of the APHSS qualifications for performer care and therefore did not qualify as an APHSS provider. Moreover, TTS stated that they were not interested in being an APHSS provider.

This conflict posed a problem for performers and producers who wanted to utilize both APHSS and TTS.  After a number of discussions, TTS and APHSS have come to an agreement. “The electronic transfer of TTS data into the APHSS database as a non-APHSS provider seemed like the best compromise for the good of the industry,” explained Diane Duke FSC Executive Director.


“Although we (TTS) will continue to provide results via our own web portal, providing accessibility in the APHSS database benefits the industry as a whole.” said Sixto Pacheco, CCRC, President & CEO of TTS.

Currently, APHSS and TTS are working together to coordinate the technical steps for data compatibility.  As soon as those steps are worked out, TTS information will be available on the APHSS database.
Of much more significant importance, however, is that FSC and APHSS held a meeting on Monday, in which industry pros (including producers, agents, and performers) were introduced to and allowed to inquire about the APHSS database, the testing protocols, and also to update on how to best fight the proposed Los Angeles County condom mandate initiative scheduled for later this year. All of the major players were there, and there was some serious and much needed discussion happening.

Once I get approval from the FSC and APHSS to embed the video of the full meeting, I will append it to this post; in the meantime you can go here to view the meeting in its entirity.

Update: Permission was just granted...so, here you go (props to the FSC and XBiz.com):



APHSS.org Meeting Discussing Performer Testing and L.A. Porn-Condom Ordinance – July 10, 2012 from XBIZ on Vimeo.

Also...Lydia Lee (formerly Julie Meadows) was an attendee, and has posted her reflections of the meeting both at her blog and at her latest "Hanging With Lydia Lee" audio podcast.

And, XBiz has posted their recap of the meeting's highlights here. Also, AVN (via Mark Kernes). Also, Dr. Chauntelle Tibalis at PVV, here.

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