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Feds Launch Investigation of L.A. Clinic Favored by Porn Actors
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No matter how much you bare and share while performing in an adult film, you are still entitled to you doctor-patient privilege. However, one local clinic, the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) HealthCare Foundation, is about to become the focus of a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a press release issued by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).
"The federal investigation will focus on alleged privacy breaches of clinic patients and adult film actors whose health information was routinely released to producers in the adult industry." Information about patients' HIV and STD tests and status was shared via an online database, which is a violation of "the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other federal and state laws."
This privacy risk touches on another debate currently being waged regarding the adult industry, which is the regulated use of condoms during filming. Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation explains the connection: “If the adult film industry required actors to use condoms during all filming, an action that would safeguard the physical health and safety of actors, there would likely not be such privacy violations of clinic patient data.”
Some statistics about health in the adult film industry, via 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.
--2,013 individual cases of chlamydia and 965 cases of gonorrhea among workers between the years 2003 and 2007 were documented.
--Many workers suffer multiple infections, with some performers having four or more separate infections over the course of a year.
--As many as 25 industry-related cases of HIV have been reported since 2004.