Free Speech Coalition on HIV Positive Adult PerformerFree Speech Coalition (FSC), as administrators of the Adult Production Health & Safety Services Program (APHSS.org), would like to address recent reports that an active performer may have tested positive for HIV.

FSC was made aware of the purported incident on Saturday by a reliable industry source. Most importantly, FSC would like to make clear that these reports were not involving APHSS.org testing facilities. This fact has limited the information gathered by FSC/APHSS.org and we can neither deny nor confirm specific facts about this incident. Due to legal issues concerning patient privacy, FSC/APHSS.org, as of yet, is unable to implement exposure protocols and procedures.

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PornWikiLeaks-Closes-AIMDiane Duke explains the adult performers’ 2257 information on PornWikiLeaks, and AIM Healthcare’s closure.

During the first part of April, the Free Speech Coalition began to receive calls from worried industry members about the existence of Porn Wikileaks.

At that point, it was still unclear from where the information came, as there was what looked like medical information as well as 2257 information. Soon we learned that it was likely that AIM’s database had been hacked and that some 2257 records may have also been compromised.

Almost simultaneously, I learned, from a conversation I had with AIM CEO Sharon Mitchell, that AIM’s clinic “temporarily” was closed due to a “paper work issue.” Apparently, L.A. County had closed the clinic based on a filing technicality. I was assured by Sharon that the paperwork issue would soon be resolved, that the database was still up and the draw stations were still active. Sharon assured me that the AIM clinic would reopen.

Almost immediately thereafter, AIM was sued by two individuals for breach of medical records. I learned that the litigation expenses for individuals suing AIM were covered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

AHF has been attacking the adult industry with frivolous lawsuits, Cal/OSHA and labor complaints as well as protests and misleading inflammatory press conferences for the past two years. AHF has been especially relentless in their attack on AIM.

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In the adult entertainment world, Sharon Mitchell is known as the driving force behind creating industry standards for HIV testing among performers.

But for the last year, she believes she has become a target by a nonprofit AIDS organization and the county health department who, she says, want to see her Sherman Oaks health center shut down.

“I really can’t stress enough that this has been a conspiracy, and I don’t know if that’s the right word,” Mitchell said in an interview with the Daily News.

“We’ve functioned as a doctor’s office with no problems. We’ve had very few (HIV) positives in the adult film industry.”

Mitchell co-founded the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation in 1998, a nonprofit that provides health care for performers and others in the primarily San Fernando Valley-based adult-entertainment industry. Because of her work, every adult film actor must have an HIV test every 30 days to perform.

Last week, the state Department of Public Health shut down AIM temporarily, saying it had been operating as a doctor’s office, but was “in fact, a medical clinic and therefore subject to more rigorous standards.”

A cease and desist letter issued by the state shows that AIM‘s application for license renewal was denied because it listed the name of the clinic rather than the name of the nonprofit, a fire safety inspection request was not provided, and it did not list a hospital where patients could transfer to if needed.

A state official said last week that inspectors were tipped off about the clinic in June.

The closure came a day after adult film actor Derrick Burts, 24, criticized AIM during a tearful press conference, saying clinic operators left him untreated for a month and a half after he tested positive for HIV.

The press conference was held by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit that has loudly advocated for mandatory condom use on adult film production sets.

In 2004, an HIV outbreak among a handful of actors prompted dozens of mostly San Fernando Valley-based production companies in the multibillion-dollar industry to shut down temporarily after actor Darren James tested positive for HIV. It also led to the quarantine of more than 50 people because of possible exposure.

Michael Weinstein, the executive director for AIDS Healthcare, has said regular monthly tests are not enough to keep porn actors safe. In addition, he has said that Mitchell has not reported HIV results in a timely manner.

Mitchell said she found Burts‘ accusations unfounded and possibly prodded by Weinstein.

“We have nothing to hide,” Mitchell said. “We are not in this for politics. We follow up with HIV reporting consistently and regularly.”

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