I have worked this story very carefully to get it right, because it’s an atomic bomb on PASS and The FSC. I thought about making it several posts because it raises so many problems and questions but my readers are smart and I know you guys will get it…Its a bit long but you should follow it all the way through. This is life or death, specially for performers.
This is an email that was sent back in September to a performer working with Kink. Included with the email is an attachment containing LabCorp lab results indicating the performer had tested positive for HIV. The performer tested through STD Status, which is listed as a PASS/ FSC approved testing facility.
The email contains wording lifted directly from a September 9 FSC press release with information on the second moratorium that was in place from 9/6 until 9/20.
This directly contradicts Joanne Cachapero’s statement to AVN on 9/18 that, “Performers are not informed of their HIV/STD status through ‘generic email,’ and in fact, both state law and industry practices require that any such information must be discussed with the patient in person.”
The email itself makes no mention of the performer testing positive, nor does it say anything about having the performer come in for additional testing. In fact, the email doesn’t even address the performer by name. You can’t get much more generic than that.
Now here’s the scary part: These test results were never posted to the PASS database. Not only that, but to date there has been no attempt by the FSC or PASS to reach out to the performer in question.
No phone call.
More disturbingly, there was no attempt by the FSC to identify and test potential first generation partners that may have come into contact with the performer.
Note that this test was paid for by KHS in Columbia, South Carolina.
For those who don’t remember, KHS stands for Kulbersh Health Screening Services which is owned and operated by a certain Dr. David L Kulbersh. Dr. Kulbersh just so happens to be a part of the Free Speech Coalition medical advisory board and until recently was listed as a performer on the PASS database.
The very same medical advisory board that Kulbersh sits on is also the same medical advisory board that determines when moratoriums should go into place and for how long.
The performer received these test results around the same time the FSC was denying reports of additional performers testing positive.
As late as Sept 16 – six days after receiving these positive test results – the FSC made the statement, “No additional incidences of HIV have surfaced.” Withholding evidence of another performer testing positive.
A lot of questions come to mind here, not the least being why The FSC and PASS withheld this info, made no effort at all to contact this performer for further testing and an exposure list. Why wasn’t the info updated in PASS?
Another question you should be asking is who is David Kulbersh and why is all of Kinks testing being run through and billed by a clinic on the other side of the Continent in Irmo, South Carolina? Why is Dr David Kulbersh on a medical advisory board that is overseeing the porn industry 3000 miles away from Irmo South Carolina? I tried to get answers to these questions and I got stonewalled (as usual)
If you are a performer the hair on your neck should be standing on end right now, The FSC and PASS are playing games with your lives, this is completely unacceptable at any level.
It is time the industry including performers and production companies forced The FSC to remove itself completely from the testing part of the business and turned it over to an entity that has both accountability and oversight.