SHERMAN OAKS—On Tuesday, December 7, the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM) was denied a license due to allegations that its procedures caused one client to contract HIV. AIM is denying wrongdoing.
Derrick Burts, 24, previously known as “Patient Zeta,” came forward to condemn the medical practices of AIM, alleging that due to inconsistent testing and application of results, he was infected with HIV disease. Burts communicated his feelings during a Wednesday press conference at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation where Burts sought help following his experience with AIM.
“It’s a sad thing. This is very hard,” said Burts choking back tears. “You know, this multi-billion dollar industry that can’t get it together to help their performers; that’s really hurt me and it let me down,” Burt said.
Burts is pressing to force all adult performers to wear condoms when filming, explaining that current practice allows straight performers to forgo condom use.
Adult industry entertainers who work in “straight” porn are required by law to get tested there before filming, purportedly to prevent the spread of STDs. At least in the case of Burts, this testing requirement did little to help him, since he was paired with what AIM officials have described as a “known positive.”
At present, AIM is refusing to provide more details about the incident on grounds of patient privacy. In a general release, AIM official Jeffrey J. Douglas stated, “AIM’s statements made to the media and every report to the California Department of Public Health were based upon the information provided by Patient Zeta to AIM.” Douglas attempted to counter claims that AIM had failed to provide the proper services. As Douglas noted, “As part of AIM’s standard protocols, Patient Zeta was offered counseling, documentation of test results, and information and direction regarding resources and treatment. Any statements made by Patient Zeta which portray AIM as not providing appropriate and proper services are not truthful and are self-serving.”
At this point, it is unclear how state denial of a license will affect AIM, but for the time being, AIM is remaining open.