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Longtime porn veteran Mr. Marcus recently admitted he contracted syphilis while filming and attempted to cover it up, putting thousands at risk. Mr. Marcus, who has been in the industry for 18 years, seems to be at the heart of an outbreak that has shut down several adult film productions in Los Angeles and triggered a 10-day moratorium while actors get tested and/or treated for the disease.

After getting treated for syphilis back in July, Mr. Marcus says he tried to hide his diagnosis because he didn’t want to be an outcast.

“I tried to cover it up…because I said it was like the scarlet letter. It’s the word. Syphilis, whoa,” he told XBiz. “Mr. Marcus, syphilis? Mr Marcus, the one I worked with? The one that everybody works with? The one that’s been in this industry forever?”

The Daily Mail gives more details:

A doctor told Mr Marcus that he would not be contagious 10 days after taking a shot of penicillin on July 13.

With that diagnosis he returned to work 11 days later, on July 24, still with syphilis.

Instead of presenting a paper or digital copy of the test results he showed the producer a copy on his phone so the details about the infection were not visible.

While filming another porn film, Mr Marcus said he folded the test to hide the syphilis diagnosis and photocopied it but a producer noticed the results were missing and questioned him about it.

Although this is an extreme example, I wondered how I would react if a partner knowingly put me at risk for a STD. While Mr. Marcus insists others shouldn’t “throw stones” at him, I can’t say I’d be too forgiving if someone I trusted put me in harms way.

What about you?

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