The New York Times on Monday profiled Sharon Mitchell, former pornographic film actress and founder of the California-based Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation , which each month tests approximately 1, adult film performers for sexually transmitted diseases. Five adult film actors in the last month have tested HIV-positive, and four of the cases have been linked. Following the detection of the first two cases, 53 workers who may have had unprotected sex with one of the actors or one of their sex partners agreed to a voluntary work quarantine. About 12 companies agreed to a day production moratorium until HIV testing of the actors is completed, according to industry experts. Mitchell said that all of the actors who may have been exposed to the virus will be tested at least three times over two months, according to the Times. Although some adult film actors "were casual, at best, about getting checked for HIV years ago, the situation seems markedly improved under the monthly checkups instituted by Dr. Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.
Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV in the Adult Film Industry
Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation - Wikipedia
So it made sense when a spate of HIV cases allegedly linked to the industry prompted California lawmakers to pass a mandate for condom use in porn. Yet porn stars are already frequently tested for STDs. What gives? Can mandated statewide condom use really have an impact on porn stars' health? Among these were veteran porn star Mark Wallice, a known intravenous drug user, who had reportedly hidden his HIV-positive status for two years.
Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation
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.
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:.