Los Angeles County public health officials served a cease-and-desist order Thursday to the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM), shutting down the facility to any new testing or procedures.
The order came two days after state health officials denied the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation‘s application to operate as a community clinic based on what regulators called “business-related issues.”
Diane Duke, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), a Canoga Park-based porn trade association, said it was her understanding that despite the order, the clinic, known as AIM, will continue to maintain its database of test results used by porn producers to check whether performers have tested negative for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Duke said performers will be tested using “satellite blood-draw services.”
“Apparently the big difference is that the main AIM clinic cannot be utilized. Therefore, I do not believe that there will be any impairment of production activities,” Duke said.
On the clinic’s website late Thursday, staff called the closure a “temporary situation” and said they were “rapidly moving forward” on completing their license application. The clinic is scheduled to be opened Friday for normal business hours and will provide performers a list of alternate testing sites. Read the rest of this entry »