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Porn Industry Denies Gonorrhea Reports

Porn Industry Denies Gonorrhea Reports

File photo of unrelated adult folk by Keith Plocek/LA Weekly.

Okay, folks. We actually saved this story for after Thanksgiving. Because, you know, porn and gonorrhea are not that appetizing (though we're sure there's a niche out there somewhere).

Anyway, following a report by industry blogger Mike South (who has a decent batting average on these things) that two performers have tested positive for gonorrhea, the adult business' trade organization says it ain't so:

South (NSFW link) says a female porn star in L.A. and a male performer in Florida have come up positive for the STD.

He says the two might have exposed about 16 others and were taking antibiotics.

Porn trade group Free Speech Coalition says it's not true. In fact, the organization's CEO, Diane Duke, told LA Weekly, " I checked with all of the doctors at all of the testing facilities and the rumors are false."

See also: Porn Defends the Money Shot.

Here's FSC's official statement:

Rumors of an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea in the adult performer population are untrue and unfounded. No such cases exist in the active tested performer population, according to doctors at each of the testing facilities. That said, as always, we encourage people to vigilant in their personal lives, and to report any concerns to Free Speech Coalition or an affiliated testing facility.

The industry has been embattled of late. Last year voters approved a law, covering most of L.A. county, that requires condom use in adult video. And a few performers turned up HIV positive last summer.

See also: Porn Biz Shut Down Again Over Yet Another HIV Case.

The L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been trying to get porn to follow local and state law and adopt condom use, but the industry has been defiant:

Adult biz leaders say consumers don't want condom porn and that requiring it will force production underground, where things are less safe. Performers are now supposed to partake in costly, twice-a-month STD testing that the industry says has been effective in preventing major outbreaks.

South says the FSC should shut down production until this reported gonorrhea is contained.

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