AHF Asks Cali AG Look into Porn Clinic as LA County Seeks out Performers

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A burst of politically charged issues ignited West Coast tempers last week in the multi-million dollar adult gay film industry.

 

The industry’s gadfly, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, has alleged that a not-for-profit porn clinic, shut down last month by the state, may have reopened under false pretenses.

AHF is claiming that Adult Industry Medical Healthcare, now known as AIM Associates, may be attempting to circumvent some state regulatory guidelines. It is asking California state Attorney General Kamala Harris to open an investigation into possible violations by AIM.

The move comes weeks after the organization changed its status from nonprofit to a private-for-profit group that now has to comply with the state medical board instead of Los Angeles County’s health department.

“In a deliberate, admitted effort to avoid regulatory scrutiny by public health officials, AIM’s principals have publicly announced that they have created a new, for-profit entity known as AIM Medical Associates,” AHF President Michael Weinstein said in his letter.

Meanwhile, California officials continue to expand their investigation into the sexual contacts of ‘Patient Zeta,’ who tested positive last fall. Derek Burt’s revelation last fall shut down shooting in the industry for days.

The AIM clinic itself was closed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on December 9 after state officials denied the facility a license to operate as a community clinic. It appears AIM had been operating without a proper state license since it first opened in 1998.

In recent years, AIM and the adult film industry in California have come under fire, typically after several adult film performers tested HIV-positive, which has happened periodically since 2004.

One young man, Derek Burts, who did test positive, is now known as ‘Patient Zeta.’ He has called for porn performers to always use condoms, a practice not regularly or automatically practiced in gay adult films. Coincidentally, right after he went public, AIM was shut down due to its licensing violations.

AIM’s attorney Jeffrey J. Douglas took a position opposite the AHF claim, arguing that “clinic officials elected to sell to a for-profit medical group rather than litigate the closure.” AHF has chosen to challenge that conversion, leading to the latest legal dispute. Essentially, it is part of their broader campaign to improve worker safety in the adult film industry by requiring performers to use condoms.

AHF says its efforts have been prompted by an ongoing epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases in California’s adult film industry. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, workers in the adult film industry are ten times more likely to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease than members of the population at large.

In fact, LADPH documented 2,013 individual cases of chlamydia and 965 cases of gonorrhea among workers between the years 2003 and 2007. Additionally, they are claiming that many sex workers suffer multiple infections and a higher likelihood of contracting industry-related HIV.

The situation further ignited last Thursday when it was revealed that LA County health department officials on at least one occasion appeared at the home of an adult industry performer and demanded that the model immediately provide a blood sample. The acts were censured by representatives of the Free Speech Coalition, a California based first amendment advocacy association.


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