California: State Inspects Porn Industry Clinic
June 18, 2009
California health and occupational safety officials on Wednesday conducted a surprise inspection of a medical clinic that tests adult-film actors for HIV and STDs. Since the disclosure last week of a female performer's positive HIV test result, public health officials and AIDS activists have complained that the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM) was not cooperating fully in the investigation of that case. The state plans to subpoena information about 18 additional HIV diagnoses AIM has reported since 2004.
AIM founder Sharon Mitchell has told Los Angeles County health officials that the clinic is waiting for confirmatory HIV test results for the latest diagnosis. Legally, AIM has up to seven days to report the information, she said. The actress who tested HIV-positive and her two sexual partners have been barred from porn work pending additional testing. So far the partners have not tested positive, Mitchell said.
Martin said the industry standard of requiring proof of negative HIV tests before filming and retesting every 30 days is inadequate. HIV may not show up in tests for days, and the only protection is condom use, she added.
Los Angeles Times
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.