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Porn industry health clinic closes -- again

A notice on the front door of the building that houses the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation after they were closed the first time, in December.

The clinic that catered to porn performers in the San Fernando Valley has closed for a second time, this time for good, industry representatives said.

The closure of AIM Medical Associates P.C. means that for the first time since 1998, the porn industry has lost its primary industry-backed clinic. AIM held a preeminent role as a clinic for the porn industry, where performers would get checked for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV every month. Producers had access to an Internet database of porn actors' health records.

But AIM has come under heavy criticism in recent years. Critics have said AIM's mantra -- that testing will protect performers from HIV -– gives a false sense of security because performers can contract HIV in between monthly tests.

AIM's internal website, which disclosed performers' HIV status, went offline Tuesday. The clinic's final closure was first reported by an industry blog, AVN, and in LA Weekly.

Diane Duke, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, a lobbying arm of the adult film industry, said AIM could not afford to keep open its doors. "It was financial," Duke said.

She blamed lawsuits as playing a role, including one by former porn performers accusing the clinic of failing to keep patient information private.

Porn production, however, is still continuing. In the interim, producers are asking performers to show their latest test results in writing, she said.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has been critical of AIM, released a statement saying performers should be required to use condoms on all film sets, which is the only way to ensure worker safety.

in December, AIM was shut down after state health officials denied the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation's application to operate as a community clinic, based on what regulators called "business-related issues."

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-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: A notice on the front door of the building that houses the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation after they were closed the first time, in December. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

 
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So the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has "won" and now there is no testing body for adult performers. They have blood on their hands.


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