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Health clinic under fire for alleged release of porn actors' personal information

A San Fernando Valley-based clinic that caters to the porn industry is under fire this week after patients’ information allegedly appeared on a website.

Pornwikileaks.com posted the names, birth dates and stage names of more than 12,000 current and former porn performers earlier this year, information that some say could only have come from the clinic where many performers are tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases: the former Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation clinic in Sherman Oaks, now known as AIM Medical Associates P.C.

Jeffrey J. Douglas, a lawyer for the clinic, said late Wednesday that officials did not have a statement concerning the allegations but may release one Thursday.

Pornwikileaks is registered in the Netherlands. It is unclear who owns the site, and a possible owner did not return emails Wednesday.

Gawker.com posted an article alleging that information on Pornwikileaks came from AIM. That article was based largely on information from porn industry blogger Mike South and a performer.

South posted some of the allegations Monday and said he has since heard from additional performers who were convinced that the information about them on Pornwikileaks came from AIM. The performer South initially spoke with could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

Under the porn industry’s voluntary guidelines, performers must have tested HIV-negative within 30 days of filming. Porn producers and directors are allowed to access the AIM clinic’s database to check performers’ test results.

The AIM clinic opened in 1998 but was shut down in December by Los Angeles County public health officials two days after state health officials denied its application to operate as a community clinic based on what regulators called "business-related issues."

The clinic was sold and allowed to reopen last month as AIM Medical Associates P.C., part of a doctor's office regulated by the Medical Board of California, according to state officials.

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-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

 
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