CHATSWORTH, Calif.—The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) issued a statement Monday evening concerning the rumors of an adult performer testing positive over the weekend for syphilis. The FSC statement follows:

"FSC wishes to address rumors of a syphilis "outbreak" in the adult industry. A performer tested positive for syphilis on one type of test and negative on another, and we are awaiting the results of definitive confirmatory tests. FSC's Adult Performer Health and Safety System (APHSS.org) will follow sound medical practices for either positive or negative test results as directed by the doctors associated with the program. Only if and when a positive confirmation is received, FSC will follow the notification protocols already in place.

"Patient privacy and respect are of utmost importance to us and we encourage responsible reporting rather than the spread of misinformation by rumor mill opportunists who may take this situation as prospect for media attention."