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UK porn stars halt work amid syphilis outbreak in Europe

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) which can be cured with antibiotics

UK porn stars halt work amid syphilis outbreak in Europe

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Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, September 29

Amid growing concerns over reports of a syphilis outbreak in Europe, many adult film actors in the United Kingdom have stopped work.

As per a report by the Independent, adult film stars are calling for a union to be established in the UK.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) which can be easily cured with antibiotics but can trigger grave and even life-threatening issues if left untreated – with symptoms routinely mild and difficult to spot.

PASS, which runs a database of sexual health certificates for US adult actors, said they have been “informed of multiple positive syphilis tests” among porn stars in Europe – warning of the “potential for many more exposures, including among US-based performers”, reports the website.

PASS, which shared its warning about syphilis on Xbiz.Net last week, a global resource for adult industry workers, stated sexual health testing is “not standardised” in the adult entertainment industry in Europe, meaning they “do not yet know the full extent of the exposures or additional cases.”

“PASS does not officially operate in Europe, and has limited access to European studios and labs,” the organisation said in the statement seen by The Independent.

The preliminary data from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention released this month also showed there has been a 24 per cent increase of congenital syphilis, which is passed onto foetuses and can lead to birth defects and in worst case scenarios babies dying.

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