AIM Healthcare announced that all performers (two generations of partners of the HIV+ patient) tested negative for HIV on two occasions using multiple testing methods. AIM has established that Patient Zero acquired the virus through private, personal activity and there was no transmission of the HIV virus from Patient Zero to any performers.
AIM released this press release:
This event affirms the efficacy of AIM Healthcare Foundation's testing protocols, as voluntarily implemented by the adult entertainment industry. It is regrettable but inevitable that people continue to acquire the HIV virus in their personal life. The protocols and other industry practices have resulted in only one incident of HIV transmission on set in more than a decade. That is a remarkable record. AIM Healthcare Foundation is proud of its contribution to the health and well-being of the adult industry and wider community.
In related news... Vivid Entertainment announced that it will resume production on Monday, November 8, 2010, after being shut down for almost a month due to health safety concerns. Vivid suspended production immediately (and voluntarily) on October 12 after AIM announced the existence of a Patient Zero.
Steven Hirsch (Vivid founder/co-chairman): "We made the decision to halt production as the health and well-being of our performers is of utmost importance to us. We can now confirm that all performers who were on the quarantine list as a result of being exposed to the HIV positive performer have gone through two rounds of testing and the results are negative. We believe that AIM acted professionally and thoroughly and proved that their system works. We will, of course, continue to require recent test results for all performers in our movies and will continue to take all necessary precautions to assure their health and safety."
Digital Playground resumed production last week.
Guyleen Rose (director of marketing and public relations for Digital Playground): "We retested all of our performers and determined they were all OK."
Hustler Video is also back in production.
Michael Klein (LFP President): "We have resumed production at our studios, continuing to make sure every precaution is taken to protect everyone involved with the filming."
Kick Ass Pictures resumed production on Thursday.
Mark Kulkis (founder of Kick Ass Pictures): "I'm glad that the AIM system worked exactly the way it was supposed to. In this case, it looks like somebody contracted HIV outside the business, and because of the testing, they were not allowed to bring it inside the business, and I think it's proof that the testing works just fine."
Wicked Pictures productions are now back on schedule as well.
Steve Orenstein (Wicked Pictures President): "Thanks to the efforts of AIM and how they handled this situation, we have now resumed our shooting schedule. Of course, continuing to use condoms like we have been for the last 11 years."