Don’t suck on a baby’s newly circumcised penis if you have herpes: report

A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision practice in which the circumciser places his mouth on a newborn’s newly circumcised penis and sucks blood away from the wound — a procedure known as metzitzah b’peh — carries a risk of transmitting the herpes virus to the baby, sometimes killing the baby.

The report is based on 11 cases in New York over the last decade in which this disgusting sacred ritual was performed, leading to the transmission of herpes. Two of the 11 infants died from the infections.

Every surgical procedure carries a certain amount of risk, and circumcision is no different. You get your appendix removed and the surgeon might leave his forceps inside your body. You get a newborn baby circumcised and an old man might suck on his penis and give him herpes.

The CDC advises parents against this practice, noting that “circumcision is a surgical procedure that should be performed under sterile conditions.” On the other hand, some of the parents didn’t even know the mohel was going to perform “orogenital suction” until it happened. Talk about a party foul.

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