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New Porn Healthcare Service Program, HIV/STD Database Planned for Adult Industry

New Porn Healthcare Service Program, HIV/STD Database Planned for Adult Industry

The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), a lobbying mouthpiece for the adult industry, has outlined details for a new healthcare service system to replace the AIM clinic, which closed earlier this month.

The Adult Production Health and Safety Services (APHSS) program will reportedly, among other things, provide testing facilities, health protocols and even a new test results database.

In case memory doesn't serve, the existing database managed and protected (sorta) by AIM was hacked, making the 12,000+ birth names and birthdates of porn performers - and others who tested but never officially took their pants off on camera - vulnerable to public viewing.

Porn Wikileaks founders posted enough of this personal information to spark an investigation into possible negligence on AIM's end resulting in an apparent breach of the data storage system.

Jury's still out.

Incriminating enough, AIM recently shut down following much public scrutiny as well as a persistent media attack helmed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. AIM's standards and practices have been criticized especially with relation to HIV testing procedures and keeping patients safe and informed.

But with the AIM Healthcare facility closure came the shutting down of its AIMCheck.net STD test result database, making it impossible for porn producers, directors and performers to access it for the requisite checks prior to shooting content.

Believe you me, porn production doesn't stop unless something major goes down. And it kept on going despite AIM's failure. The slightly disturbing question to ask, however, is where have the porn people turned to for testing and results confirmation in the meantime?

New Porn Healthcare Service Program, HIV/STD Database Planned for Adult Industry

We suppose that's why the sleekly acronymed APHSS is being put together, but no word yet when something solid will be in place. FSC Executive Director Diane Duke will explain the roll-out of APHSS as a board meeting today and address privacy concerns as well as health and safety issues with regards to production.

"This meeting is also important because we will have information on the CalOSHA Advisory Committee meeting to be held in Los Angeles on June 7," Duke said in a press release. "That may be the last public CalOSHA meeting to discuss adult production health and safety, before the committee makes suggestions for new regulations that are expected to be handed down in September. We encourage industry members to attend that meeting, also."

The meeting is open to industry members only, however, so all of you hoping to voice your opinion on condoms, safety and why porn is evil (or miraculous) will just have to wait to see who tweets about it first.

Most interestingly, however, is a press conference will be held immediately following the APHSS meeting allowing media reps to question the doctor who'll likely be named head medical consultant of the new health service group.

Dr. Richwald was Director and Chief Physician of the L.A. County STD Program from 1989-2000. That's a decent credential...let's hope it means something.

Also on hand will be attorney Karen Tynan who sill serve on the APHSS Advisory Board as its "workplace safety attorney." Her background is on OSHA litigation and she's already been working with some porn studios in the last two years.

The opportunity to speak with these two non-industry peeps appears as an afterthought and/or sidenote in FSC's APHSS meeting announcement, unfortunately.

We assume if you're a member of the media who'd like to ask Gary A. Richwald, MD MPH, how he plans to operate APHSS differently from AIM, you just gotta sit and wait outside the venue until around 3:30 this afternoon.

Then presumably you're welcome to enter and let the skepticism fly.

Head over to the Sportsmen's Lodge at 12833 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City to do your thang.