Controversial circumcision technique likely route of herpes transmission

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – – Despite a move away from the practice in the mid-1800’s, some strictly Orthodox Jews still use their mouths to suck the site of circumcision during a bris. According to a new assessment, this practice was the likely cause of infant herpes in more than two dozen reported cases. “There’s a lot of confounding things going on you can’t report for, but a lot of circumstantial factors in all or at least most of these cases point at sucking being the source of transmission,” said lead author Brian F. Leas of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that circumcision is generally very safe and has some health benefits, but specifically orogenital suction should not be done, Leas told Reuters Health by phone.
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