Archive for September 22nd, 2008


Serving a Niche Market

September 22, 2008

I live just on the other side of the hill from the San Fernando Valley, porn capital of America, and yet when I find things like Talent Testing Service, I’m still a little surprised.

I guess I know that porn stars need to have clean, recently updated HIV (and other STD) reports in order to work in the industry these days, but it’s mildly shocking to realize that there are so many people having sex with other people for money that there can be a company set up just to routinely service the STD testing needs of this population.

There are a lot of ways to know that you work in a less than desirable industry (like, “do your co-workers routinely die of lung cancer?” or “is being shot to death by your competition a distinct possibility?”), but having to sign up for a service that advertises the fact that it will email the results of your genital disease testing to “anyone that you’d like” seems like a big indicator.  The dashboard for producers where you can review the results of any potential stars in your upcoming scenes is also particularly charming.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for testing/knowing/not spreading diseases, the fact that the process is so tailored for “the industry,” as it’s known in the valley, is just a little off-putting.