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Porn Star Mr. Marcus Hides STDs from Working Actors, Industry Shuts Down

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A nationwide moratorium on adult film shooting took place days after it was revealed that an adult film veteran, Mr. Marcus, knowingly hid his syphilis-positive status. Instead of informing his partners, Marcus elected to stay quiet because he was "embarrassed."

The news was broken by XBIZ on August 16, then leaving the identity of the performer under wraps. Mr. Marcus broke the silence with an interview with the Daily Beast, recalling the moments prior to and after the moratorium.

According to the actor, being diagnosed with syphilis was one of several obstacles he encountered during mid June. After losing a potential contract with a male enhancement product company, the actor faced losing work due to the mandatory 10-day waiting period after receiving the syphilis treatment.

In the interview, the actor mentions failing to contact previous partners due to embarrassment and “not [being] a performer who dwells on my scenes.”

Mr. Marcus jokes about banter between the veteran performers, that due to their line of work, STDs don’t pose much of a threat and are usually purged from their bodies without medical help.

The adult film veteran says that he couldn’t have been with more than 10 individuals. Of the people he’s been with, no one has reported positive for syphilis.

In the end, the actor wishes for everyone to be clean and recognize that human beings make mistakes.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Mr. Marcus was asked about the situation.

Q: If this isn’t too general, can you tell me how this situation started and when things started to go wrong here for you?

A: I started unraveling around mid-June. There was a contract I had with a company for a male enhancement product, and they were going to pay me monthly, but they decided to pull the contract. I was like “Ah!” I was going into July, and then I got this positive on the syphilis test. It was just slam, slam, slam, and then wham. It was like, how do I deal with this? The doctor was like, get a shot; it’s curable; it’s not as bad as it sounds. I went and got the shot, and I was told to wait seven to 10 days before you do anything sexual. I had to cancel work, which just added more pressure and compounded things even further. I am trying to move forward, trying to do business, trying to get things off the ground, but seems like I couldn’t do it. It was just like every time I tried to do something, there was an obstacle. Then this happened. I don’t think my decision making was right around that time, but I was determined to just get back to work, get back to shooting. And that was when everything started to go wrong.

Q: So, you didn’t try to contact any of the people who you might have gotten it from or those you might have exposed to syphilis?

A: Nope. I mean there was a girl who I was hanging out with at the time I got diagnosed, and I told her she needed to go get checked. Maybe that distracted me from thinking about my past. I am not a performer who dwells on my scenes. It didn’t dawn on me until all this hell broke loose. [Porn star] Kristina Rose pointed it out. She was like, “Once you found out, if you had just contacted everyone you worked with, you would have been looked at as a good example and probably be commended.” But instead I did the opposite. I made it very personal, and I kept it to myself, because it was syphilis and I didn’t know much about it. I was just embarrassed. That’s why we don’t talk about STDs, because you caught something in an intimate situation. With the mindset I was in, it just compounded the situation.