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California: Porn Actor's HIV Test Results Officially Reported to County

October 20, 2010

Following calls from the county's top health official and AIDS activists, the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM) late Tuesday officially confirmed an HIV-positive test result to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department (LACPHD).

Staff at the Sherman Oaks-based AIM conducted a PCR-DNA test for HIV on the adult-film performer on Oct. 9. Their diagnosis of HIV infection was made Oct. 12. On Tuesday, AIM attorney Karen Tynan said staff were awaiting the results of a Western Blot test from an outside laboratory.

By law, health care providers must report confirmed HIV tests to LACPHD within seven days.

AIM officials released a statement last week saying, "Under law, reporting to Los Angeles County HIV Epidemiology Program can only occur upon the return of a Western Blot test. That test was taken immediately upon the first indication of a potential infection, but the results take one week to return. Los Angeles County does not, and cannot under law, accept any other test results."

However, LACPHD Director Jonathan Fielding said Tuesday afternoon that a Western Blot is not required and that health care providers frequently notify the department of initial PCR-DNA test results in order to facilitate case management. "We need a high level of cooperation to prevent the spread of HIV," said Fielding. "They want to do a Western Blot test to confirm it," he said of the performer's diagnosis. "We would prefer to have it earlier because obviously there's a lot of transmission that could occur."

It was not clear which test AIM reported to the department.

Earlier Tuesday, the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation urged county supervisors and LACPHD to better regulate AIM and the porn industry it primarily serves.

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Excerpted from:
Los Angeles Times
10.19.2010; Jill Jones, Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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