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FSC Announces New Members to Board of Directors

December 27, 2013 - FSC is proud to announce new members to its Board of Directors. The Board election was open to all active FSC members and was held during the month of December.

Incumbent board members that were re-elected include Bob Christian, Larry Garland and Christian Mann.

Mark Schechter owner, ATMLA (Adult Talent Managers Los Angeles), was one of two newly elected board members.  "I am honored to be elected to the Board of Directors of the FSC.  I am excited with the opportunity to contribute to the FSC organization and have a positive effect onto the Adult Industry and the people who are a part of it,” Schechter commented. 

Also newly elected to the Board was adult content producer and photographer Mo Reese, who voiced his appreciation, “I would like to thank FSC members for their support - it is an honor to have earned a seat on the board of directors. I look forward to taking a more active role in helping our industry move in a positive, productive direction.”

Members of the board in good standing include Peter Acworth, Jeffrey Douglas, Alec Helmy, Marci Hirsch, Joel Kaminsky, Mark Kernes, Reed Lee and Lynn Swanson, bringing the total number of seats to thirteen.

“FSC is fortunate to have a group of highly intelligent, energetic and inspirational people to lead our organization,” said Diane Duke Free Speech Coalition’s CEO.  “Looks like 2014 will be a great year!”

 

FSC Supports the Fight Against ISP Blocking in the UK

The Free Speech Coalition is pleased to be able to join with the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) at the UK’s Authority of Television On Demand (ATVOD) conference: “For Adults Only — Protecting Children From Online Porn”

The two organizations reinforced their common purpose to protect children online and have called for a public education campaign as the only viable alternative to blanket censorship, such as ISP blocking, based on the findings of their report ‘Protecting Children in the Digital Age.’

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ADULT PRODUCTION MORATORIUM LIFTED

Final Test Results Come Up Negative; Performers May Return to Work After Retesting

 

Dec 12, 2013 - The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and the Performer Availability Screening Services (PASS) announced today that all first-generation partners of the the performer who tested positive last week have been completed. There have been no further positive HIV tests within the performer pool. Production can resume on December 13.

 

The last at-risk interaction between the performer who tested positive and another performer occurred three weeks ago, on November 21. The testing window for the RNA-Aptima HIV test is 7-10 days. PASS doctors have since tested and retested that performer's first generation contacts in the performer pool, on-set and off. None generated a positive test for HIV.

 

As previously announced, all performers must have retested in the PASS system on or after December 5  in order to be cleared to return to work. December 5 is fourteen days after the last at-risk interaction between the positive performer and any member of the performer pool, and beyond the 7-10 day window for the RNA-Aptima HIV test.

 

"While we understand that a moratorium is difficult for both performers and producers, it's important that we're cautious when dealing with HIV," said Diane Duke, head of the Free Speech Coalition. "For nearly a decade, the combination of moratoriums and testing have been successful at preventing HIV transmission in the adult workplace. However, we must be always vigilant, and work to improve that record."

 

The current moratorium was called on December 6, after an adult film performer came up HIV positive during a routine screening. Production was immediately halted while "first generation" contacts (those who had contact with the positive performer that could potentially transmit the virus) were tested. Adult performers are tested every fourteen days for a slate of STIs, including HIV.

 

Moratoriums are one of the most effective tools we have to protect adult performers, and allow us to stop HIV at the industry gates. We thank the performers and producers for observing the moratorium, and the performer who worked so closely with PASS to identify at-risk partners.

 

 

ADULT PRODUCTION MORATORIUM LIFTED

Final Test Results Come Up Negative; Performers May Return to Work After Retesting

 

Dec 12, 2013 - The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and the Performer Availability Screening Services (PASS) announced today that all first-generation partners of the the performer who tested positive last week have been completed. There have been no further positive HIV tests within the performer pool. Production can resume on December 13.

 

The last at-risk interaction between the performer who tested positive and another performer occurred three weeks ago, on November 21. The testing window for the RNA-Aptima HIV test is 7-10 days. PASS doctors have since tested and retested that performer's first generation contacts in the performer pool, on-set and off. None generated a positive test for HIV.

 

As previously announced, all performers must have retested in the PASS system on or after December 5  in order to be cleared to return to work. December 5 is fourteen days after the last at-risk interaction between the positive performer and any member of the performer pool, and beyond the 7-10 day window for the RNA-Aptima HIV test.

 

"While we understand that a moratorium is difficult for both performers and producers, it's important that we're cautious when dealing with HIV," said Diane Duke, head of the Free Speech Coalition. "For nearly a decade, the combination of moratoriums and testing have been successful at preventing HIV transmission in the adult workplace. However, we must be always vigilant, and work to improve that record."

 

The current moratorium was called on December 5, after an adult film performer came up HIV positive during a routine screening. Production was immediately halted while "first generation" contacts (those who had contact with the positive performer that could potentially transmit the virus) were tested. Adult performer are tested every fourteen days for a slate of STIs, including HIV.

 

"Moratoriums are one of the most effective tools we have to protect adult performers, and allow us to stop HIV at the industry gates. We thank the performers and producers for observing the moratorium, and the performer who worked so closely with PASS to identify at-risk partners."

 

 

Performer Testing Update #2

December 10, 2013

 

We spoke with the PASS testing facility doctors this morning, and want to issue an update on the current moratorium and testings. 
 
Currently, all people who have had at-risk contact with the positive performer have been retested with the RNA Aptima test. At this point, we are awaiting one final test result from a performer who went to a personal physician whose testing system does not have as swift a turnaround time as industry clinics. If the results of that final are clear, we will establish a date to lift the moratorium. Until then, it remains in place. 
 
A moratorium is only lifted after it is clear there is no threat of transmission.  Only after a genealogy of the virus is established, and all sexual partners have been tested, do the FSC and PASS receive clearance to allow performers to resume shooting.
 
If the final test comes back negative, FSC and PASS will set two dates: a date on which production can resume, and the date after which performers must show a negative test in order to be able to work. While we can not yet offer the former, we can announce the later: all performers must have a test dated December 5, 2013 or after in order to be cleared to work.
 
The HIV RNA Aptima test used by PASS has a 7-10 day window, meaning that it can identify HIV within 7-10 days of transmission. We wait at least 14 days after any possible exposure before lifting the moratorium for added accuracy, and to make sure that nothing was missed. The December 5 date is two weeks after the performer's last at-risk contact with a member of the performer pool, on November 21.
 
The HIV RNA Aptima test is the most accurate test available. Because of its specificity and sensitivity a false positive (where a performer tests positive for HIV, but does not actually have it) will occur from time to time.  We have never encountered a false negative.
 
We only lift the moratorium if there is no medical reason for it to be extended. While most studios stockpile films and can weather a longer moratorium, individual performers often have to contend with a direct loss of income once shooting stops. We know this has been a difficult time for performers, both emotionally and financially. But we will lift the moratorium only when PASS doctors, using protocols outlined above, determine a safe date for production to resume.
 
We expect to have the results of that final test in the next few days. We will let you know as soon as we hear the results.

 

 
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