LATATA Withdraws Support of APHSS

Jun 21, 2012
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LOS ANGELES — The Licensed Adult Talent Agency Trade Association (LATATA) on Thursday announced its formal withdrawal of support from Adult Performer Health and Safety Services (APHSS), the organization set up by Free Speech Coalition (FSC).

FSC created APHSS after the closure of AIM Healthcare to carry on health and safety protocols for adult productions. LATATA said in a statement that it believes “APHSS’ position in refusing to allow Talent Testing Service (TTS) to become a member of APHSS to be a grievously wrong one.”

The full LATATA announcement follows:

“LATATA’s position is that TTS has provided the industry with reliable and good service for many years and LATATA’s hope is that may continue. Many in the industry will recall that during the time that AIM Health Care was providing testing services to the industry, Talent Testing Service was providing this service concurrently alongside them. Performers enjoyed their ability to choose which facility they wished to have provide them the industries required medical testing.

“At the time of AIM’s forced closure, after pressure and interference from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), TTS was, for a period of time, the only available testing facility to the adult industry, and the industry was immensely grateful to have TTS available as an alternate for AIM at that time. Without them, one can only wonder where performers would have turned for their testing requirements.

“LATATA firmly believes that it is imperative that the industry never again allow itself to be in such a position where its testing needs are serviced and provided by only one testing facility, and therefore, inclusion of both testing facilities that currently service the industry — Talent Testing Service (TTS) and Cutting Edge Testing (CET) — are necessary in any program that purports to provide assistance and or a framework for performers’ testing needs and related matters.

“Despite formidable effort from members of LATATA to bridge the gaps and mediate differences between APHSS and TTS, such efforts have not been successful. Absent APHSS admitting TTS to the organization, it is LATATA’s position that it can no longer support APHSS itself, and announces its withdrawal of support and participation in APHSS. LATATA continues to support TTS’ continued service to the industry and the performers within it.

“LATATA also wishes to make clear that withdrawing its support for and participation in, the APHSS program, in no way alters or changes its continued support and gratitude for The Free Speech Coalition itself and the work that it does to benefit all within the adult entertainment industry.

“As of June 2012, LATATA members are comprised of the following agencies: LA Direct Models, Spiegler Girls, Foxxx Modeling, Type 9 Models and ATMLA.”

FSC responded to the LATATA decision with a statement to XBIZ:

“The Free Speech Coalition welcomes the opportunity to have Talent Testing Services (TTS) as part of our APHSS program. FSC and TTS have come together on some issues but differ on the necessity of initial physician involvement in ordering the test and the provision of results. In the unfortunate case that a performer may test positive for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, FSC believes that it is important for a performer to be able to get immediate treatment when he or she receives his or her test results. And if a performer tests positive for HIV, FSC believes it is crucial to get that information from a physician.

“FSC supports having a broad range of providers. To date, APHSS participants include 1 clinic (St James) in San Francisco, 2 clinics (Vegas STD Testing) in Las Vegas, 1 clinic (Cutting Edge Testing) in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Advanced Medical Testing Center (AMTC) with physicians in every state and 4,000 locations nationwide.

“We encourage a continued dialogue with TTS and believe that ultimately, the health and well-being of our performers is everyone’s priority.”

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Michael Whiteacre
8 years ago

Okay, Shy Love wants TTS, FSC wants physician access for performers.

The reality is, this comes down to several business platform issues for TTS — including the fact that they don’t bill Medi-Cal.

dontbullshitus
dontbullshitus
8 years ago

You never have explained the FSC’s involvement with The Healing Wave testing facility and the abrupt disassociation with them. Lame.

Michael Whiteacre
8 years ago
Reply to  dontbullshitus

Explained its involvement? Healing Wave was a brand new clinic affiliated with Primex lab that tried to make a go of it, as an APHSS-affiliated provider.

Primex is/was a highly respected lab, but the clinic did not work out. Neither did a competing (non-APHSS) clinic run by Unilab, which opened at around the same time and closed its doors much quicker.

mharris127
mharris127
8 years ago

Michael, I understand wanting a physician on-site to write prescriptions for treatable VD and to provide counseling and start prescription therapy if the unfortunate circumstance of an HIV diagnosis. However, I don’t think Medi-Cal (Medicaid in California) billing is even an issue as most if not all active porn performers make more than the income cap to receive Medi-Cal benefits in the first place. Also I think Medi-Cal only pays for the cheaper Elisa/Western Blot series anyway unless someone has an active HIV infection that requires blood counts (Elisa/WB is actually free of charge at some charities/county health departments along… Read more »

Michael Whiteacre
8 years ago
Reply to  mharris127

No, mharris127, that’s not what I’m referring to — whether or not a clinic accepts insurance/bills insurance companies makes the difference in what regulations apply to them.

There are many interesting facets to the issue, and they’ll become apparent in coming days and weeks as this saga unfolds.

You realize that AIM never accepted insurance either — you know why?

AIM was a non-profit, and patients never actually paid for their testing. They made a $110 (later $120) donation to the non-profit, and in return they received a free HIV and gonorrhea/chlamydia test.

Anthony Kennerson
Anthony Kennerson
8 years ago

@Don’tBSUs (Monica?? Mike South??)

Well…why don’t you enlighten us on that particular episode, then??

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