Dr. Sharon Mitchell Discusses AIM on NPR's 'Weekend Edition'

CHATSWORTH, Calif. - Adult Industry Medical (AIM) Healthcare founder Dr. Sharon Mitchell was interviewed Saturday on the National Public Radio (NPR) program 'Weekend Edition' about starting the foundation and how it has aided the state of the adult industry population's health.

Speaking to NPR's Scott Simon, Mitchell said that performers today are much more at risk for STDs than in her heyday, due to both the extreme types of acts found in contemporary porn and the glut of people making it, especially on the pro-am level.

She also stressed that her biggest concern is making the young women entering the business fully aware of what they're getting themselves into.

"If you don't want your family to know, if you're going into the area of teaching school, really think long and hard about this," Mitchell told Simon, "because this is something that will follow you around, so be prepared for that."

Mitchell went on to discuss the factors that prevent condom use from being enforced in adult movies, and the first HIV outbreak that precipitated the formation of AIM in 1998.

"Denial is the backbone of pornography when it comes to healthcare," she said. She also asserted that she feels AIM has saved the lives of many girls who would have been crushed by the industry otherwise.

To hear the whole interview, click here.