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Porn Stars Face New Testing For Hepatitis

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Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:03 AM

click to enlarge FILE PHOTO OF PORN'S AVN AWARDS BY NATE 'IGOR' SMITH FOR LA WEEKLY.
  • File photo of porn's AVN Awards by Nate 'Igor' Smith for LA Weekly.
Following a performer's claim that a man she was scheduled to work with might have tested positive for Hepatitis C, the organization in charge of the industry's STD testing protocols announced the addition of Hepatitis tests starting today.

That means performers who work for legit, mostly L.A.-based producers will have to submit to monthly tests for Hepatitis B and C as well as for or Trichomoniasis Vaginalis:

That's according to an announcement by the group called Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS), which runs the industry's voluntary testing protocol.

The way things work, performers will have to be tested monthly for these additional maladies on top of their normal battery of checks (for HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia).

The industry did institute Hepatitis tests previously, but apparently it was temporary. This announcement makes the Hep B and C tests a permanent part of the monthly protocol.

Trichomoniasis is a vaginal infection.

Earlier this month porn star Lisa Ann took to Twitter to call out a performer she said had an outside-the-industry test report for a scheduled shoot.

click to enlarge LISA ANN VIA TWITTER.
  • Lisa Ann via Twitter.

See also: Porn's Latest Scandal: Hepatitis.

Performers usually trade test reports before they work together. The paperwork seemed odd to Ann, and she sniffed around, ultimately alleging that the man might have Hep C.

This after the industry went through a recent syphilis scare.

See also: Porn's Syphilis Scare is Bunk, Adult Group Says.

Diane Duke, CEO of the Free Speech Coalition, the industry's lobbying group, says:

Plans to add these tests had been in the works for the past few months and were scheduled to go into effect on September 1. However, at the request of several industry stakeholders, we will start the new protocols as of August 19.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

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