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HIV tests negative for porn stars who worked with 'Patient Zero'

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sat, Oct 23, 2010 10:40 hrs

Officials at a US clinic where a porn actor tested HIV-positive earlier this month said 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.

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," the Los Angeles Times quoted Hirsch as saying.

Hirsch said 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."

Ged Kenslea, a spokesman for Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Network, 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," added Kenslea. (ANI)




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