Dr. Jonathan Fielding, health officer for Los Angeles County, also said then that he is troubled by the lack of condom use.
"I don't know any other people that are unnecessarily exposed to life-threatening diseases as a condition of work. People need special equipment. Can you imagine fire fighters fighting fires without protective gear or police on the beat without some way of arming themselves?" asked Fielding.
While HIV is an issue, Fielding said the more pervasive problem was sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea. He said AIM notifies the Department of Public Health of about 15 new infections a week.
"These are serious problems," said Fielding.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.