Two former porn stars are planning to sue the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation (AIM) for allegedly breaching the privacy of their medical records.
Representatives of the pair were scheduled to announce the suit Monday with the help of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, which has already caused the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to open an investigation into the the Sherman Oaks-based nonprofit organization over the same basic allegations.
The foundation, which has been trying to force condoms on the porn industry, alleges that the group known as AIM has instituted a system whereby porn actors get tested at its facilities and then the results are released to adult producers for a fee.
(This system is the one that the industry points to when it states that its stars are mostly healthy so long as they abide by the industry mandated rules, which include regular tests and mandatory results disclosures on-set).
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The suit, which the foundation states will be filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, accused AIM of "unfair and deceptive business practices, violations of civil code and unlawful public disclosure of private health information."
Attorneys also seek class-action status so that the suit could be joined with other similar legal actions alleging privacy violations by the porn-industry funded AIM. The lawsuit's plaintiffs were identified as Diana Grandmason and Bess Garren.
Here's what Grandmason stated:
While working in California's adult film industry, both Bess and I were repeatedly tested for sexually transmitted diseases at AIM's clinic," said lead Plaintiff Diana Grandmason. "I was tested for HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea at AIM on nine occasions in 2008 and 2009, while Bess was tested for the same diseases on ten occasions in 2008 and 2009. We each had to sign sweeping release-of-information forms and pay AIM for this testing. AIM then made our medical test results available online to adult film producers and anyone else with a user name and password for AIM's database--something we understand is illegal under state and federal law. And despite the fact that we have each been out of the industry for more than a year, it is our understanding that our private health data still remains freely--and illegally--available online at AIM's database.