Porn legend Mr. Marcus (pictured) has allegedly admitted to starting the syphilis scare that has halted porn productions across the country, LA Weekly reports.
Even more troubling, the porn legend has also allegedly admitted to doctoring a positive July 12 syphilis test and performing in three porn productions after the fact.
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According to the San Jose Mercury News, as many as nine cases have been identified since news first broke about the outbreak last week. It is not known if any of those cases include Mr. Marcus or are connected to any performers with whom he has had sexual contact.
Mr. Marcus, whose real name is Marcus J. Spencer, met with representative from Adult Video News, news site XBIZ, his studio, Evil Angel, and the porn industry lobby known as the Free Speech Coalition on Tuesday and admitted to knowingly performing in sex scene with positive syphilis results, according to AVN Media Network.
The details behind the porn actor’s test results are very murky and more information behind his alleged masking of his test results are likely to come in the next few days.
NewsOne, with information from news reports and an STD expert, will piece together the story as concisely as possible.
Mr. Marcus, according to his timeline, told AVN that he went to see his personal physician on July 11 after feeling poorly. The next day, his doctor told him that he tested positive for syphilis. On July 13, Mr. Marcus got a penicillin shot and was told not to have sex for 7-10 days. He claims that he followed his doctors orders, even canceling porn shoots within that time frame.
On the eleventh day, Mr. Marcus took another dose of penicillin and performed in a sex scene. AVN reports that his physician is unaware of his porn career:
“My personal doctor doesn’t know what I do for a living,” Mr. Marcus said. “So his thing was just don’t have any sex for 7-10 days. Once I did that shot I felt pretty confident. Every doctor I talked to up to that point said ‘you get the shot. That’s it.’ If you had the syphilis in your system a lot longer than that you need three shots. But based on what he determined from my blood and looking at my symptoms, he said the one shot was good enough. So I did the one shot and I didn’t have to do anything else.”
On July 21, he went to Talent Testing Services (TTS) to be tested for STDs and received positive results for syphilis on July 23. He claims to have canceled a scene that day because he was confused as to why his tests, five in all, continued to return positive results. Three tests from TTS continued to produce positive results for syphilis.
Mr. Marcus says he then called his personal doctor to ask why the results continued to come out positive. He claims his doctor told him that “It’s in your system, it’s going to stay in your system, it’s going to read in your system because that’s how syphilis is.”
NewsOne spoke asked Keith Crawford, Associate Chief for Public Health Research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, to help explain what a kind of treatment a person who tests positive for syphilis receives. Crawford, a PhD with extensive experience in STD research, says that a patient normally undergoes a three-week long regiment that includes one penicillin shot per week.
This period is recommended because it is a reliable way to ensure that all of the syphilis-related organisms are removed from the patient’s system. But, because syphilis is such a complicated STD and patients reactions to treatment vary, Crawford says there is no direct answer to how fast it can take someone to be cleared of it.