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TTS Announces New Performer Testing Protocol

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153111_r3Talent Testing Service announced the following on its official website today:

On September 1st, 2013 Talent Testing Service, Inc. (TTS) will be introduce a new comprehensive testing protocol called the “Gold Standard Panel” (GSP). This GSP will replace both the Basic and Full Panels currently offered by consolidating the latest testing methodologies into one comprehensive product and furthermore strengthen Primary and Secondary testing algorithms for the detection of STD’s in the adult industry.

The GSP will be comprised of the following EIGHT tests:

1. HIV-1 NAT
2. HBsAg
3. Anti-HCV
4. Chlamydia
5. Gonorrhea
6. Trichomonas Vaginalis AND
7. Two Syphilis tests:
o RPR
o TREP-SURE EIA – Treponema pallidum Antibody, IgG by ELISA

Please note that all molecular tests are performed based on single test / single talent testing protocols. Pooling of material is not a standard practice at TTS.

Improved Test Results Delivery Times

TTS will also be providing its clients test results TWICE a day: at 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST and 6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST, Monday through Friday. If you test at our LA office on Monday by 5:00pm PST, your results will be ready by 10:00am PST the next day.

“These changes come after consultations with Talents, Agents and Production companies throughout the industry.” said Sixto Pacheco, President & CEO of TTS. “TTS prides itself at being at the forefront of industry leading testing protocols. The GSP and additional results availability times are in line with our commitment to continuously improve the available safeguards directed at the health of the Talent and the industry as a whole” Pacheco continued.

Clearance Issues on FSC/APHSS/PASS System

TTS believes there is a testing loophole in the FSC/APHSS/PASS Clearance database. “As we have previously stated to FSC/APHSS/PASS, we have strongly recommended that the facility issuing a Non-Clearance to a talent into system must also be responsible for issuing the follow up clearance.” Pacheco said. “At this time, some talents that are not cleared by TTS, due to more rigorous testing protocols in place, shop around for a less stringent panel in order to obtain a follow-up clearance.” Pacheco continued. “This simple change in policy will have an enormous positive impact on the clearance system”.

The Free Speech Coalition issued the following statement to Adult Video News in response:

CANOGA PARK—The Talent Testing Service press release dated August 30, 2013 appears to be an attempt by Talent Testing Services to gain financial advantage over his competitors by providing misleading information. This is most disappointing. The current test panel was created and approved by the PASS Medical Advisory council which includes Dr. Darcy and Dr. Smith–doctors associated with and/or recommended by TTS itself. Moreover, the PASS panel is no different than Talent Testing’s “GSP” with the exception that the PASS panel’s TrepSure test cascades to the RPR test. This means, if there is a positive TrepSure, an RPR will be run to determine if the TrepSure is a false positive. Consequently, Talent Testing’s panel provides no additional protection for the performer.

As far as the concern expressed in the press release that performers “shopping around” might evade the protections offered by PASS, we did develop a policy when TTS offered Hepatitis testing prior to it being added to the test panel. If a testing facility has a medical issue with a performer with which they were concerned, the doctor associated with that facility would contact PASS and we would contact the physicians from the other testing facilities and ask them to red-flag that performer until he or she had resolved the issue with the doctor from the original facility. TTS was made aware of this policy as was its doctor.

The real danger here is Talent Testing’s attempt to undermine the industry’s Performer Availability Screening Services. It is time–once and for all–for Talent Testing to decide if it wants to be part of the program or not. If it does, then the appropriate means to determine what is medically necessary, and ultimately what is best for performer safety, should be determined by the doctors and not used as a marketing tool for the benefit of one testing facility over another.

Written by Adam Wilcox

August 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Posted in News

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