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Monday, August 20, 2012

FSC Update on Production Moratorium

From the FSC:

As a result of a performer testing positive for syphilis, APHSS providers are administering the standard RPR syphilis test that is approved by the FDA for preliminary diagnosis. A negative test does NOT mean the performer is approved to work. 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) has called a temporary moratorium on production and asks that all producers honor this moratorium.

Syphilis is easily treatableĀ—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, will have set up a network of medical professionals to administer the shots. Locations for performers to get the shots will be announced by tomorrow, August 21. Once the performer receives antibiotics, he or she will be available to work within 10 days.


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,, 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. We greatly appreciate the cooperation and contributions of involved parties at this time.