AIM Clinics Shut Down, Working With County to Reopen

Dec 9, 2010 1:00 PM PST
LOS ANGELES — L.A. County health officials shut down AIM Healthcare Foundation this morning, issuing a cease-and-desist order based on the state’s denial of the clinic’s license application.

“It means that the clinic must cease patient services, but can continue administrative duties such as informing patients of their test results,” Al Lundeen, deputy director at the California Department of Public Health, told XBIZ.

Lundeen said the department is committed to working with the facility to help it get through the application process and added that AIM had this morning already provided the additional information needed.

One of the requirements of the application process is that AIM needs to show that it has a “transfer agreement” with another facility, where patients who need more treatment can be transferred.

As of this afternoon, AIM clinic administrator Brooke Hunter said she did not have a comment, but implied that they are making every effort to comply with the application process.

Clinic officials were notified Tuesday that their license application had been denied.

The clinic applied for an application June 7, but state officials said the application was “incomplete.”

Meanwhile, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation held a press conference once again targeting AIM and applauding the county for shutting down the clinic.

“The fig leaf for the adult industry has been removed,” said Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation president.

But he said the county needs to do more to protect the public’s health.

“The adult film industry needs to be shut down, or start enforcement of condom use today,” Weinstein said.

Weinstein said that AIM and the adult industry have been breaking the law for years and that politicians have been unwilling to enforce the current law.

AIM said it will issue a statement later today.

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