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Porn Industry Testing Clinic in the Valley Reopens After Being Shut Down by County, State

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Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 6:09 AM

click to enlarge AIDS Healthcare Foundation wants condoms, not clinics.
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation wants condoms, not clinics.
The porn industry clinic that came under fire for providing the adult video business with an alternative to condom use -- a system of regular testing for performers -- has reopened under private ownership.

The Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation is now AIM Medical Associates P.C. and was taken private so that it will no longer be regulated by L.A. County health authorities, according to a statement.

The clinic gave a virtual finger to the county, which helped close it down in December for not having a state license:

"Relieved from pointless harassment that came with oversight from the County Health Department, the new AIM more appropriately is responsible to the California Medical Association. AIM plans to provide more services, both on the internet and in house, and continue its relationships with current clients while welcoming new ones," the clinic states.

The operation was shut down after pressure from AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which targeted the clinic's license, or lack thereof. The group also questioned whether it was legal for AIM to keep performers' HIV tests on file so that producers could access them.

The foundation has been on a tear against the porn industry in an attempt to make state and local authorities require condom use on-set, which the state requires but can't really enforce for lack of manpower.

Just Monday AHF hailed the L.A. City Council for voting to explore a law that would deny film permits to adult shoots that don't enforce condom use.

Even with new ownership, Sharon Mitchell, an ex-adult performer turned advocate for porn-star health, will remain as AIM's leader and take the title of CEO.

She states:

"We're up and running and here to stay! Yes, we're back and still providing the same important services for early detection HIV, STDs (testing and treatment), doctor visits, and general health check- ups. From Pap smears, to Pelvic exam, we continue to provide the same stellar service in a one-stop visit."

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