- by dr.mitch
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The patient zero tested on Thursday evening,6/4/09, at our Sherman Oaks Facility, at 13:43. Her specimen, along with other daily specimens, were picked up by the Laboratory Courier. Due to the fact that her test was obviously being re run for confirmation, there was no result whatsoever in our database from the Laboratory. There is no way anyone from AIM would have known the nature of the result, either detected or not detected for HIV.
Her last test had expired 5/29/09 and she chose to work regardless, without the result of the pending test. AIM does not give people permission to work, or not to work, it is our sole duty to provide accurate and early detection testing in a timely manner. Our staff does not 'guess' or give a verbal commitment unless the negative result in front of them. The young woman's test came back on Saturday, 6/6/09, by this time she had worked in the adult industry, sans current test.
AIM Healthcare Foundation is an HIV testing clinic. We serve the Adult Industry, as well as the general public. Quite often, due to the early detection nature of our testing, and the low price, and 24 hour turnaround time for results, the general public with utilize our services. If and when these patients come back positive, THEY ARE ALWAYS REPORTED TO THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN A TIMELY MANNER, AFTER CONFIRMATORY TESTS RESULTS ARE IN OUR FILES.
Also, while serving the Adult Entertainment Industry, most talent have an HIV test from AIM, to present on the set when they arrive. Typically, in the Heterosexual Porn Industry which does not utilize condoms regularly, folks who desire to be talent will not be hired with an HIV positive test. AIM, continues to follow reporting regulations and does so to the County Health Department, as well as refers Positive patients for desired treatment either private or non profit. This is why they are not "publicized" as they had never fulfilled the desire to work in Adult Entertainment, due to the positive test. These are the two categories that the "16 HIV cases since 2004" are involved. All cases were reported, and referred for treatment.