ATMLA’s Mark Schechter Releases Statement on 3rd HIV+ Performer

From AVN, just now (September 11, 2013).

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Mark Schechter, owner of Adult Talent Managers LA (ATMLA) released the following statement Wednesday morning pertaining to the adult performer who tested positive last week for HIV, prompting FSC/PASS to call for another industry-wide moratorium on production:

As you are all aware, our industry has recently been informed of a 3rd performer testing positive for HIV. I do have some information that I am compelled to share with the entire industry that will answer many questions and shed some insight on the 3rd HIV case to affect the industry within the last 30 days.

Within 30 minutes of being informed of an HIV positive status by a medical doctor, a young and frightened performer in our industry reached out and made direct contact with me. I will not confirm any assumptions or published reports of this performer’s identity, and will continue to honor a request for personal privacy. The identity of this performer is not as important as the following information.

Though her own exposure to HIV didn’t happen while performing on set, this performer immediately gave the medical doctor full permission and authority to work directly with me in order to compile a 1st generation list to make sure no one else was exposed. I can attest to the fact that all industry related 1st generation exposures were notified immediately by this medical doctor and depending upon their individual exposure dates and subsequent testing dates they were either cleared or instructed to test immediately. As of the publishing of this statement, I can also attest to the fact that all industry related 1st generation exposures have tested out clear. I have also obtained knowledge that any non industry exposures were contacted and notified directly by this performer.

I would also like to take this opportunity to make a plea to the industry to refrain from the need or desire to identify this performer. Please have some sense of compassion and understanding and give credit to this performer for doing what was right in coming forward quickly and assisting in the identification and notifying process that is so vital to the health and safety of our entire industry. When this is over and everyone goes back to work and their everyday lives, this performer is faced with a life changing event that could have happened to any of us. This performer has every right as a US citizen to privacy and to be able to live a long life without having to endure the additional pain and suffering that goes along with being labeled as HIV+.

Our industry and the governing bodies that devote endless time and energy in developing and maintaining a health and safety policy that involves rigorous testing and verification process have successfully prevented an HIV+ performer from entering into the performer population. I think it’s important to point out and give credit to a system of protection that worked flawlessly. I also urge this entity to continue to review and revise these protocols on a regular basis for the safety and wellbeing of all performers.

Continued here.

Further, here is a statement from PASS (via AVN) issued on September 9, 2013.

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Performer Availability Screening Services (PASS) issued the following statement today to its participants regarding a third and possible fourth alleged HIV infection within the adult entertainment industry.

Dear PASS Participants, 

As promised, we are sending out updates as soon as information is available. 

First, I would like to address the rumors of a fourth performer testing positive for HIV. None of the testing facilities, nor the doctors associated with the facilities, have any results of a fourth performer testing positive. This information came from AHF who is currently trying to push regulation on the industry and has, on many occasions, reported false information to the media to advance their political agenda. Just last month AHF started a media frenzy and industry scare over false information of a positive syphilis result claiming an “outbreak” when in reality no performers were positive for syphilis. It is extremely likely that this situation is more posturing for AHF’s political agenda. Again, we have no evidence of a fourth performer testing positive for HIV. 

As far as the partner identification for the third performer is concerned, all first generation partners have been identified and have retested. Results for all of the performers but one are back and all results are negative. The final result will be back tomorrow. The doctors associated with our testing facilities will teleconference tomorrow to discuss the results and next steps concerning performer testing and the moratorium. 

More here.

I invite everyone within and interested in the adult industry to be respectful and thoughtful – ideally every day, but especially now. There is a lot going on, lives are forever changed, and an entire community (including livelihood and lifestyle) is under scrutiny.

Be mindful of where your information comes from, whose opinions may be shaping that information, and the impact your thoughts and actions may have on others.

 

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