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More Cases of Syphilis in Porn Found by Los Angeles Inquiry

August 22, 2012

The identification of four more cases brings to nine the number of adult-film performers diagnosed with syphilis in an outbreak that health officials first reported last week. "It's not surprising in the adult-film industry that we would have transmission of all [STDs] because they're having unprotected sex, oftentimes with multiple actors," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He added that he expects the investigation to uncover more cases. All those diagnosed are in the porn business; it is unknown whether they contracted the STD at work, he said. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade group, called for a nationwide moratorium on filming while performers undergo testing. Those who are found to be infected can return to work within 10 days after receiving penicillin shots, said FSC spokesperson Joanne Cachapero.

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08.22.2012; Shaya Tayefe Mohajer




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