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Porn actor's HIV test results officially reported to L.A. County

October 19, 2010 |  6:05 pm

Officials at the San Fernando Valley clinic where a porn actor tested HIV-positive last week reported test results to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department late Tuesday after AIDS activists and the county’s public health director called on the clinic to cooperate more with his office.

Staff at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, known as AIM, confirmed Oct. 12 that a performer had tested HIV-positive at the clinic. That test, a PCR-DNA test, was taken Oct. 9, and on Tuesday clinic officials were awaiting results of a more comprehensive Western Blot test from an outside lab, according to Karen Tynan, a lawyer for the Sherman Oaks clinic.

It was not clear which test results clinic officials reported to the county.

Sarah Kissell, a health department spokeswoman, released a statement late Tuesday afternoon saying AIM had reported “a new case of HIV” to the department but that all reported information was confidential under state law. She said department officials had no comment.

AIM staff did not return phone calls Tuesday.

By law, healthcare providers are required to report confirmed HIV tests to the department within seven days.

Clinic 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."

But Public Health Director Jonathan Fielding said Tuesday afternoon that the Western Blot test is not required and that healthcare providers often report the initial PCR-DNA test results to the department.

"They want to do a Western Blot test to confirm it. We would prefer to have it earlier because obviously there's a lot of transmission that could occur," Fielding said. "We need a high level of cooperation to prevent the spread of HIV."

Earlier Tuesday, officials from the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation -- who have pushed for more enforcement of condom use, testing and other safe-sex practices in the porn industry -- called on Los Angeles County supervisors and the public health department to better regulate the clinic and the industry.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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