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Mar 10 2010

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Protest: AHF Takes Aim at Porn Clinic—“A Fig Leaf for the Porn Industry”

Protesters Wearing Nude Leotards and Fig Leaves will expose the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) HealthCare Foundation HIV Testing Clinic in Sherman Oaks as a Fig Leaf for Porn Industry

By: AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Los Angeles, CAMarch 3, 2010

Protesters Wearing Nude Leotards and Fig Leaves will expose the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) HealthCare Foundation HIV Testing Clinic in Sherman Oaks as a Fig Leaf for Porn Industry

Industry-funded Clinic Violates Federal Patient Confidentiality Laws Via Online Database of Patient Info for Porn Producers, Yet Clinic Refuses to Share Same Crucial Public Health Data with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA

WHAT: PROTEST & PRESS CONFERENCE—Porn Clinic called out as “Fig Leaf for the Porn Industry” Despite HIV and STD outbreak in adult film community, industry clinic refuses to share patient information with LA County Dept of Public Health or Cal OSHA, yet violates patient confidentiality maintaining online database of same information for porn producers

WHEN: Thursday, March 4th —Protest begins 10:15 AM Press Conf. 10:30 AM

WHERE: In front of the AIM Healthcare Foundation ‘Porn Clinic’ 4630 Van Nuys Blvd. (between Hortense St & Kling St, just South of the 101 Fwy, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

CONTACTS: Ged Kenslea, AHF Dir. of Communications (323) 791-5526 cell, Lori Yeghiayan, AHF Assoc. Dir. of Communications (323) 377-4312 cell

B-roll: 20+ protesters with fig leaves, some wearing nude body suits, signs, a 10 ft banner: “AIM’s HIV Testing Clinic: A Fig Leaf for the Porn Industry”

As part of its ongoing campaign to require the use of condoms in porn films in an effort to reduce the spread of STDs including HIV, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will take aim at a porn industry health clinic—a fig leaf for the porn industry—during a protest and press conference tomorrow, Thursday, March 4th starting at 10:15 AM Pacific at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation’s (AIM) HIV Testing Clinic in Sherman Oaks (4630 Van Nuys Blvd. 91403). 20 or so protesters will gather holding fig leaves—some wearing nude body suits—and carrying banners and signs to expose the clinic as a fig leaf for the porn industry. The protesters will also call on LA County officials to crack down on AIM clinic officials for two seemingly contradictory actions:

  • Withholding crucial data on HIV and STD infections of AIM clinic patients from County health officials who are trying to track a recent outbreak of HIV in the industry; while at the same time
  • Violating federal patient confidentiality (HIPPA) laws by providing the same crucial health information on HIV and STD infections to porn producers via an online database

“AIM testing is a fig leaf that does not protect actors from the risks of unprotected sex during filming,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “It is simply a ploy to deflect public scrutiny and government regulation – a ploy that is perpetrated at the expense of the actors’ privacy rights, which would not be violated if the industry simply required actors to use condoms.”

Last week, AHF officials sent a letter to state and federal health agencies asking for an investigation into the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation’s (AIM) routine practice of violating performers’ privacy rights by disclosing highly confidential HIV & STD test results to porn producers in order to be cleared to work. During the protest Thursday, AHF officials will highlight the contradiction between AIM officials zealously preventing release of any patient data to county and state health officials while cavalierly making this same patient data freely available to adult industry film producers.

“Must Los Angeles County health officials and health and safety investigators from CalOSHA register and subscribe to AIM’s industry database as film producers in order to access the basic public health data on HIV and STD incidence they may be required by law to track and treat?” said Whitney Engeran-Cordova, Director of AHF’s Public Health Division. “AIM simply can’t have it both ways: they can’t say on one hand that they are protecting patients’ privacy rights from the prying eyes of public health officials; while on the other hand, they blatantly violate this same confidentiality through the release of the same patient information via its online database to adult industy producers.”

Today’s action is part of AHF’s ongoing campaign to require the use of condoms in adult films produced in California. The effort has gained considerable momentum in recent months after it was reported in June 2009 that an actress working in the adult film industry had tested positive for HIV.  

This latest action has been prompted by the ongoing epidemic of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) in California’s adult film industry. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), 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. LADPH documented 2,013 individual cases of chlamydia and 965 cases of gonorrhea among workers between the years 2003 and 2007. LADPH has observed that many workers suffer multiple infections, with some performers having four or more separate infections over the course of a year. In addition, LADPH has stated that as many as 25 industry-related cases of HIV have been reported since 2004.

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