Porn Star Outbreak: 9 Cases Of Syphilis Discovered
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The porn industry has declared a temporary cease-shooting in all filming after one of its actors reportedly hid his positive STD test from directors and subsequently infected at least nine of his co-stars with syphilis.
Two major pornography studios in the San Fernando Valley, California's famed XXX capitol of the world, have placed a temporary moratorium on filming sex scenes following an outbreak of syphilis that has reached a total of nine performers.
According to reports, a male performer in Los Angeles became infected with the sexually transmitted disease but continued to work by forging clean test results. He shot several films before a suspicious director got him to confess.
Since the news broke last week, nearly a dozen cases of syphilis gave been reported, and industry experts believe there could be many more. A porn trade union has called on other studios to stop filming until all actors and actresses have been tested.
STDs are fairly common among adult film performers. Over 3,000 cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea were documented between 2003 and 2007. However, it takes a real scare for the porn business to halt operations, like it did when an actor tested positive for HIV last year.
And since syphilis can be potentially fatal if left untreated, porn producers aren't taking any chances.
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No word yet on how the actors have reacted to having been duped by their co-star. Yikes.