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Marcus admits starting porn syphilis outbreak

Porn actor Marcus has claimed responsibility for the current syphilis outbreak that has shut down production in the San Fernando Valley.

entertainment Updated: Aug 25, 2012 11:27 IST
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Porn actor Marcus has claimed responsibility for the current syphilis outbreak that has shut down production in the San Fernando Valley.

"He believes he contracted the STD on set but admits that he altered his syphilis-positive test so that he could keep performing. His altered test was what started the scare and initiated the industry's self-imposed 10-day moratorium while actors are tested and treated for syphilis," reports Huff Post.

"I tried to cover it up… Because I said it was like the scarlet letter. It's the word. Syphilis, whoa," Marcus said to 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 web portal quoted him as saying.

The porn actor was diagnosed with syphilis on July 12 and received a penicillin shot on July 13. He joined back work 11 days later on July 24, AVN reports.

However, he still had the STD. Marcus showed a copy of the test on his cell phone so that the syphilis portion wasn't visible and the producer of the shoot didn't ask for a paper or digital copy of Marcus' STD test.