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HIV tests negative for porn actors who performed with 'Patient Zero'

October 22, 2010 |  6:23 pm

Officials at the San Fernando Valley clinic where a porn actor tested HIV-positive earlier this month said Friday that tests showed no other actors who performed with the individual have tested HIV-positive.

The actor tested HIV-positive Oct. 9 at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, or AIM, in Sherman Oaks. Afterward, clinic officials created a quarantine list of performers who had worked with the porn actor -- known as "Patient Zero" -- and began testing them.

Late Friday, clinic officials notified Vivid Entertainment co-founder Steven Hirsch that test results came back for all of the performers who worked with the porn actor, called "first-generation" exposures.

"We can confirm that all performers who have been tested as a result of being exposed have tested negative," Hirsch said.

Vivid and several other porn production companies suspended filming after reports that the actor had tested positive.

Hirsch said Friday he still planned to wait for final test results for one of the first-generation performers to come back in the next two weeks before he starts filming again. "We are just being super-cautious," he said.

Hirsch said AIM officials would not tell him how many people are on the quarantine list or how many first- and second-generation exposures there are "due to confidentiality." Clinic officials also have  refused to confirm rumors that the actor is a man who worked in both gay and straight productions.

Hirsch said he trusts the private AIM clinic to provide quality services to performers and accurate testing information to producers.

"We are certainly encouraged by today’s news," he said. "We feel very confident that this has been contained."

AIM staff did not return phone calls Friday. A spokesman for the county public health department said it had no new information Friday.

Ged Kenslea, a spokesman for Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Network, which has pushed for more enforcement of condom use, testing and other safe-sex practices in the porn industry, said he was "certainly glad that no one else appears to be infected" but that this is not the time to "let the industry off the hook for irresponsible behavior."

"I don’t know if the person was infected in or outside the industry, but I don’t think the industry should be willing to sacrifice even one person to these infections," Kenslea said.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske



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The problem with these tests is that it could take up to three to six months after infection for the tests to come back positive, so you can't say for sure all of the performers who worked with Patient Zero are in the clear.

I don't know why they just don't wear condoms? I am a porn watcher and condoms do not take anything away from excitement.

Such a nasty disgusting business all these people are in.
An "actor" who works in both gay and straight porn has tested positive and now they are testing hundreds of other "actors".
Visualize all that and the people in that business.
It's so grossly nauseating and pathetic what some people do for money.

"Patient Zero" was the male flight attendant who brought HIV to the Western World in 1978. Thank you (sic) for your ignorant and intentionally misleading headline and article LA Times. Where did truth exit the journalistic arena?

@ MBCvoice, do some homework first:
The term "Patient Zero" is now used in the media to refer to the index case for infectious disease outbreaks, as well as for computer virus outbreaks, and, more broadly, as the source of ideas or actions that have far-reaching consequences.

@Jaw..............

You're naturally entitled to your opinion but these people are providing a service to those get off from that sorta thing.

View the Award winning documentary "House of Numbers" to see why questions about this
must be raised, and why deeper issues about HIV and AIDS need to be
discussed. Lives are at risk. This is the first documentary ,with the worlds
foremost authorities, that highlights the fundamental problems with HIV
testing, science, and statistics, It sheds new light on a misunderstood
phenomenon., for which there is still no cure. GO to
ttp://houseofnumbers.com/ to see the trailer.

To: phoenixandrew

Not true anymore. For over a decade now they have had tests that are accurate after as little as a few days after exposure.

"dsinla" is David Syner, one of the producers of the AIDS denial propaganda film "House of Numbers." What Syner and the other people who made the film haven't told anyone is that it was funded by the AIDS denialist organization "Rethinking AIDS," the members of this organization are interviewed in the film but their role in making it is never disclosed. The Rethinking AIDS board meeting minutes where they agreed to fund the film are online:

http://www.tig.org.za/Minutes_RA2006.htm

"Motion on Funding: Bob Leppo moved that RA board authorize the RA foundation to make grants for a wider range of purposes, including films and video. Seconded by Charles Geshekter. Funding for each project would still have to be approved by a 2/3 majority of the board. Board members involved in a project would recuse themselves from such decisions. Unanimous agreement. Roberto Giraldo moved that the RA foundation make grants for Brent Leung’s film based on available funds. Seconded by Christine Maggiore. Unanimous agreement."

The grant to the filmmaker also shows up on their IRS 990, which is available on Guidestar (non-profits are required to file 990 forms, and they are available to the public).

People who appear in the film who were at this board meeting include: Peter Duesberg, Claus Koehnlein, Christine Maggiore, Etienne De Harven, Christian Fiala, Kim Marie Bannon, Celia Farber and Neville Hodgkinson. The film does not even inform the audience that these interviewees are connected by their membership of "Rethinking AIDS." Of the two HV+ people in this group, Maggiore has since died of AIDS and the last news about Kim Bannon that was posted online said that she is very ill and in a long term care facility.

AIM staff did not return phone calls Friday




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