Former porn actresses sue clinic for releasing patient records

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Former adult film actress Diana Grandmason and her attorney Brian Chase of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Two former adult film actresses are suing the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. 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, 50-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.

Her lawsuit says the foundation offers adult film producers unfettered online access to confidential health records, but doesn't really monitor who's peeking at those records.

"There are people who take this information and release it improperly. My personal health information has been released online to a popular industry blog for everyone to see," Grandmason said.

Attorneys from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation are representing Grandmason and her daughter, Bess Garden, another former porn actress. Their lawsuit seeks class action status. It's part of the advocacy group's push to require the use of condoms in all adult films.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced Friday federal investigators are also looking into the Adult Industry Medical HealthCare Foundation clinic.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigation is in response to a written complaint from AHF alleging violations of federal patient confidentiality laws.

AHF claims AIM prohibits access to patient data to state workplace safety officials, but allows access to adult film producers.

AHF previously complained to state and county officials about health safety lapses in the adult film industry.

Wire services contributed to this report.

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