Infants Contract Herpes From Oral Suction During Jewish Circumcision

Infants Contract Herpes From Oral Suction During Jewish Circumcision


“Two New York City infants were diagnosed with herpes after undergoing a traditional Orthodox Jewish circumcision, NBC4 reports.

According to the Health Department, both babies developed lesions on their genitals shortly after having the metzitzah b’peh, a practice in which the mohel — a person trained to perform the “covenant of circumcision” — uses a direct oral suction technique to swab blood from the infant’s penis, was performed on them.

More than half of all adults carry the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) , according to Brian F. Leas, a research analyst in the Center for Evidence-based Practice at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. But the symptoms that present in those adults are oral lesions, or cold sores, and not life-threatening. In infants, however, HSV-1 can cause high fever and seizures — and in two cases since 1998, even death.” *

Cenk Uygur ( and Ana Kasparian ( discuss.

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  1. Francesco626

    That Rabbi is an embarrassment. You’ve GOT to know that 80% of adults have HPV1! How the hell could you DO that?!? You can observe tradition in a sanitary manner.

    1. clockworkgirl21

      Screw tradition. Infant circumcision is a human rights violation, especially since they’re almost never given anesthesia when a rabbi does it (and sometimes not even when a doctor does it). Tradition should never override the human rights of the child.

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