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Database to help porn industry find actors in good health

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Months after a porn industry database was shut down after allegedly revealing private medical information of adult film stars, plans are underway to launch a new site.

Porn producers and agents will be able to access information about whether adult performers are available for work, but not their specific test results, said Diane Duke, executive director of Free Speech Coalition, the San Fernando Valley-based porn trade group.

Adult film performers must be tested every 30 days and show proof of a clean test before they perform, according to voluntary industry standards.

The new database, Adult Performer Health and Safety Services, will take the place of the controversial system operated by AIM Medical Associates.

Duke estimates it will be at least two months before testing of performers is complete and the database is fully functional.

"We're vetting different sites and talking to them about how our performers should be treated, making sure the quality is there, that the standards are there," Duke said.

Earlier this year, information from AIM's database was posted online by Pornwikileaks, a website designed to identify porn performers.

Duke said computer experts affiliated with her group worked with the FBI's Los Angeles office to disable Pornwikileaks this month, and that the new database has been built to prevent such leaks.

"We're going to be very protective of our performers' rights," Duke said.

A spokesman for Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has been critical of AIM, said the group opposes the database because it is being offered as a substitute for condoms.

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-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: An AIDS Healthcare Foundation protest about a half a block away from the outside the adult film  XBiz Awards in February. The group wants the industry to use condoms. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

 
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