Circumcision May Prevent AIDS, But It Can Give You Herpes

In our ongoing quest to bring you the most up-to-date circumcisional developments, we bring you the latest on the controversial Hasidic Jewish circumcision practice—you know, the one where the mohel (aka foreskin-chopper) actually sucks the circumsee's wee-wee to make sure there are no traces of blood left, which has resulted in several cases of neonatal herpes from infected holy men's lips. Anyway, seems as though the New York State Health Commissioner, Antonia Novello, may have deliberately understated the risks of the procedure so that her boss, Gov. Pataki, could curry favor with Orthodox Jewish voters. The infected children were not, alas, consulted.

Doctors Say Circumcision Ritual Still Not Safe [Forward via Daily Politics]
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