There will be many gay fantasies spun out of Mr. Marcus going to Jail, but when it comes down to it, all the fault lies on Mr. Marcus; he knew he had syphilis, and yet he got his nasty diseased ass out of bed and went on set. If you're fucking everything with a pulse and didn't know you had an STI, you really aren't that bright. And knowing that this is your profession you should care about your coworkers enough to at least inform them, if not cancel the scene until the your body clears of the disease. After many years in the porn industry you would think he would know better. Instead, Mr. Marcus shows us the dark side of the industry from possibly it's biggest star.
More On The Mr. Marcus Story
From The Huffington Post
Mr. Marcus, whose real name is Jesse Spencer, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of exposing another to a communicable disease, according to adult entertainment site Xbix. In addition to jail time, he received 15 days of community service and three years of probation.
The case is believed to be the first of its kind, LA Deputy City Attorney Diego Edber told the Pasadena Star News.
Mr. Marcus, 42, who believes he contracted the STD on set, admitted to altering his syphilis-positive test in July so that he could keep performing.
With the altered test, he filmed sex scenes with two actresses before a producer noticed that the STD form was altered and the actresses filed a police report, NBC notes. Neither of the actresses contracted the disease.
Mr. Marcus' altered test started a syphilis outbreak scare and moved the industry to self-impose a 10-day moratorium in August while actors were tested and treated for syphilis.
In an emotional interview with XBiz in August that brought the 18-year veteran actor to tears, Marcus said that he only altered the test because his doctor told him he would not be contagious 10 days after taking a shot of penicillin.
"I tried to cover it up… Because I said it was like the scarlet letter. It’s the word. Syphilis, whoa," he said to XBiz. “I have to live with this, no one else does. I’m very sorry. I did not think that this would come out like this."
Marcus was also arrested 12 days ago on suspicion of drunk driving and was being held on $200,000 bail, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Marcus' case was used in a fierce debate last year about whether condoms should be mandated on porn sets. Despite strong outcries against it from the adult film industry, LA voters passed Measure B in November, requiring porn performers to wear condoms on set.
What Is Syphilis & Symptoms?
From The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC
Syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages.
Signs and symptoms of syphilis include a firm, round, small, and painless sore on the genitals, anus, or mouth, or a rash on the body, especially on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet.
In 2008, 63% of the reported primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases were among men who have sex with men (MSM).
During 2004–2008, rates of P&S syphilis increased the most among 15–24 year-old men and women.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum. The primary route of transmission is through sexual contact; it may also be transmitted from mother to fetus during pregnancy or at birth, resulting in congenital syphilis. Other human diseases caused by related Treponema pallidum include yaws (subspecies pertenue), pinta (subspecies carateum), and bejel (subspecies endemicum).
The signs and symptoms of syphilis vary depending in which of the four stages it presents (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary). The primary stage classically presents with a single chancre (a firm, painless, non-itchy skin ulceration), secondary syphilis with a diffuse rash which frequently involves the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, latent syphilis with little to no symptoms, and tertiary syphilis with gummas, neurological, or cardiac symptoms. It has, however, been known as "the great imitator" due to its frequent atypical presentations. Diagnosis is usually via blood tests; however, the bacteria can also be detected using dark field microscopy. Syphilis can be effectively treated with antibiotics, specifically the preferred intramuscular penicillin G (given intravenously for neurosyphilis), or else ceftriaxone, and in those who have a severe penicillin allergy, oral doxycycline or azithromycin.
Syphilis is thought to have infected 12 million people worldwide in 1999, with greater than 90% of cases in the developing world. After decreasing dramatically since the widespread availability of penicillin in the 1940s, rates of infection have increased since the turn of the millennium in many countries, often in combination with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This has been partly attributed to unsafe sexual practices among men who have sex with men, an increase in promiscuity, prostitution, and a decrease in the usage of condoms.
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