.... http://nypost.com/2016/05/03/bert-and-ernie-used-in-ad-for-at-home-std-testing-service/ Iconic Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie may have a closer relationship than most people realized after all, as the two star in a new ad for an STD detection service that sees the longtime best buds analyzing the result of what appears to be their own test. In the new ad for Mately — a New York City-based service that offers discreet and convenient testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases — the two iconic puppets look over the results of what is apparently their own test for diseases. Sesame Workshop, the company behind the iconic children’s program, was apparently not amused by what it says was the unauthorized use of its characters. “The Mately ad is an unauthorized, unlicensed use of our characters. We will be contacting Mately and the appropriate parties with a cease and desist letter instructing them to take this down,” a spokesperson for the company told TMZ.