OP/ED by Cindi
Okay, so you go get tested at TTS for free, and even get a gift card too! Problem is… this is for a study, meaning they are going to compile the results and announce them. So although everyone’s STD history was protected under HIPPA, the results of the study are not private. I am sure you will sign something giving them a right to use your results. It’s doubtful they would want to put out any names, but they WILL be putting up the statistics they come up with. I’m also betting that before your "free" test you will be asked to give a sexual history of how many partners, previous STD’s etc. And I’m hearing that Adult Healthcare Foundation is involved. We know what results they WANT to find. Of course I can’t say that the results published won’t be truthful, I have no way of knowing that, but any study can be skewed toward the desired results, even in the wording of the questions asked. What I can say is that I am betting the desired results of this "STUDY" are to find the porn industry full of STDs & hundreds of partners. How will that look when it is written up for the tax payers voting on the "condom ordinance"? And when the results are slanted in a way to reflect badly on the adult industry (& I think they will be) how much more government interference will take hold in porn?
In the below press release they say they are testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. They do not mention HIV. Somehow HIV testing is also going to get into this study. I would almost guarantee it.
I have a feeling that this testing will be done with a high number of gay male talent, including those who have STD’s and/or are HIV+. (because many in the gay industry use condoms, and not testing) Do you know what kind of results that will show? There will be a huge STD numbers. And when everything is published, it won’t divide the industry into gay and straight. It will just say "porn performers", which will make the numbers look like many performers are infected with STDs and working in the porn industry.
Are Civilians reading a story in the LA Times going to say, well I bet this test used a lot of gay male performers which is why the numbers are high? No, they are going to see it as all porn being that way. And this is exactly what AHF & Weinstein want overall, to turn the regular mom & pop voters against porn and regulate it out of business.
Press release put out by TTS-
TALENT TESTING SERVICE, INC. PARTNERS WITH UCLA ON SEXUAL HEALTH STUDY. August, 9, 2012 – Miami, FL – Talent Testing Service, Inc. (TTS) announces a partnership program with the University of California, Los Angeles for a sexual health study. Conducted by UCLA researchers, the study is designed to examine the presence of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in urine, rectal and throat test samples. Any current or new TTS clients may opt in to receive the free additional testing and will be compensated $40.00 for participation and $10 for each additional person that participates via their referral. All testing is completely confidential.
Interested clients will be processed as follows:
1. Go to the Northridge, California office.
2. Opt in to participate in the study.
3. Read and sign an Informed Consent Form (ICF).
4. Samples will be collected.
5. Complete a brief electronic questionnaire on a tablet (i.e. i-Pad)
6. Receive a US $40.00 gift card.
Participants who test positive for Gonorrhea or Chlamydia will be provided with treatment supervised by a physician at no cost.
This partnership supports TTS’s ongoing commitment to the most advanced infectious molecular testing for the adult industry. Since 2006, TTS has offered testing for HIV RNA via the FDA approved PCR test that detects the presence of the HIV virus earlier than all other tests. The company offers affordable testing options including a Basic Panel (HIV, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea) for $110, and a Full Panel (HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C) for $150.
Talent Testing Service, Inc. caters to their clients by providing the most up-to-date technology. The company uses QR Codes for validating printed test results, as well as a convenient mobile page for verification of authenticity on-demand and access to actual test results. Producers/Agents as well as Talents are provided with a personal online dashboard that provides access to historical and most recent testing information. Furthermore, Talents can set up automatic reminders for next test dates.
About Talent Testing Service, Inc. (TTS)
Talent Testing Service, Inc. (TTS) provides safe, courteous, affordable, and convenient talent testing through wholly owned subsidiaries or collaborating sites. Since 2006, TTS has provided the most advanced infectious molecular testing for the adult industry. TTS is a privately held company with headquarters in Miami, Florida and a subsidiary office in Los Angeles, CA.