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AIDS Activists Call On Porn Industry Health Clinic To Shut Down After California Denies Its License

Derrick Burts at a news conference Wednesday.
Derrick Burts at a news conference Wednesday.
Ted Soqui

The L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation on Thursday called on the porn industry's health-care clinic to shut down after the state of California denied its community clinic license this week.

All this comes amid allegations by an HIV-positive performer, Derrick Burts, that the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) Foundation clinic denied him treatment after he turned up positive, sending him into the arms of its nemesis, the AHF.

AIM denied those allegations, saying it offered to take care of Burts' medical needs.

As it turns out, Burts' story is a little fishy. While AIM states that he told clinic workers he got HIV from off-set sex, AHF says he got it from performing gay sex with a "known positive."

It's fishy because the gay sex scene apparently included condoms of the type AHF so desperately wants the entire porn industry to adopt. And Burts' claims to be mainly heterosexual -- and in a monogamous relationship with his girlfriend. Except that he's advertised his services on a gay sex site called Rentboy.

It's not clear if AIM will have to shut down as a result of the license denial.

AIM is not just a clinic. It's the porn industry's system for attempting to control STDs. Performers test there regularly and end up on an approved list of negative actors.

If it goes down, that system goes with it.

But AHF wants the industry to go with condoms instead. The state mandates condoms, but hasn't been able to enforce their use.

The industry has argued that the market doesn't want condoms, and that if porn producers were forced to use them production would go underground, where STDs would run rampant.


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