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Is California Trying To Shut Down The Porn Industry’s Go-To HIV Testing Clinic?

After being told it needed a license to continue operating, the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (or AIM) — which administers HIV testing for much of the porn industry and was at the center of controversy when it identified “Patient Zeta,” Derrick Burts, as testing positiCalifornia Department of Public Health — applied for one. The California Department of Public Health has responded: you’re not getting it.

The LAT reports on the health officials’ decision:

California Department of Public Health officials have notified the San Fernando-based health clinic that serves the porn industry that its application to operate as a community clinic has been denied, according to department officials. It was unclear late Wednesday what effect the state’s denial would have on the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, known as AIM, which producers of straight porn rely on to test performers for sexually transmitted diseases before filming begins. The industry began voluntary testing in an effort to keep state regulators appeased and avoid further regulations.

Clinic officials had applied for a license in June after authorities told them they needed one to continue operating, said Al Lundeen, a department spokesman. He said the clinic was notified of the state’s decision Tuesday. “Our staff will be in contact to discuss [the] next steps,” said Lundeen, who said as of Wednesday the clinic remained open.

It’s unclear why their application was denied, but I’m curious whether supposedly lying about how Burts contracted HIV is a factor.