opinion

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

Diane Duke

APHSS (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.

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