No Porn Until Actors Get Shots

Syphilis outbreak has caused the industry to stop production and order injections of antibiotics for its performers.

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    SHERMAN OAKS, CA - MAY 7: Dr. Sharon Mitchell (R) speaks to Monica Bailey, an adult film actress who goes by the stage name "Boo D. Licious" at the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation (AIM) clinic May 7, 2004 in Sherman Oaks, California.

    An outbreak of syphilis in the adult film business in Los Angeles has become large enough that the industry is requiring all of its actors to take antibiotic injections.

    MORE: Shutdown could last for months

    The medication, to be administered by prophylactically by doctors who work with the industry, was expected to be available by Wednesday, according to a trade group.

    Earlier this week, the organization asked its members to voluntarily shut down their productions until actors could be tested and treated for the sexually transmitted disease, which is easily treatable in its early stages but can be devastating if left untreated.

    "Once the performer receives antibiotics, he or she will be available to work within 10 days," the organization said on its website.

    Several adult film production companies have agreed to cover the cost of antibiotics for their performers, said the trade group, which calls itself the Free Speech Coalition. Locations for shots will be announced on the website Wednesday, the group said.

    The group also said that it is seeking a test that will indicate whether an actor has an acute case of syphilis, which might need more intense treatment.

    On Tuesday, Los Angeles public health chief Dr. Jonathan Fielding said that the number of confirmed cases of sypphilis among porn actors in the county had grown to 9. 

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