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. Mitchell co-founded the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation in , 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.
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Founded by Sharon Mitchell, former adult film performer, producer, and director, in , the foundation combated HIV and disease outbreaks within the industry. However, the organization was shut down in The foundation has consistently attempted to make condom use on-set required and enforced on state and local levels in California. However, limited manpower and oversight hinders legal efforts. The organization has also assisted in an adult film industry quarantines, such as in and , following potential HIV outbreaks caused by unprotected sex with unidentified HIV positive porn actors. A County health authorities.
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Porn Clinic AIM Closes For Good: Valley-Based Industry Scrambles to Find New STD Testing System
It has been a saga much more juicy than any of porn's non-plots. Nearly three months after reopening as a private entity, AIM Healthcare, the clinic that tests adult performers for STDs , has shut down and filed for bankruptcy, industry sources confirmed to the Weekly. We were told a privacy lawsuit challenging AIM's handling of patient records was the last straw for the clinic that was taken private and reopened in February following a December shutdown at the hands of state and county health officials. Complicating the matter:.
They allege the Sherman Oaks-based foundation that tests adult film performers for sexually transmitted diseases violated their privacy by releasing their health information online. For a year and a half, year-old Diana Grandmason worked as an adult film actress. To fulfill the requirements of production companies she wanted to shoot with, she went for HIV tests eight times at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation.