A tradition, known as oral suction circumcision, that reaches back to biblical times, has created a modern-day dilemma due to diseases such as herpes. After certain rituals while performing the rite of circumcision some religious leaders use their mouth, rather than a sponge, to clean the baby’s penis of blood.

Over 3,000 babies a year are circumcised using this oral suction method for the sake of religious practice.

Health officials point to a number of factors they say have linked known cases of infant herpes infection to the ritual. More than 3.7 billion adults under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population – are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).

Oral contact with an open wound risks transmission of HSV and other pathogens. Infants have been hospitalized with brain damage after contracting herpes. Other babies developed lesions or vesicles in their genital areas about 8 to 10 days after their ritual circumcision. Newborns with HSV require hospitalization for intravenous antiviral medication for 21 days.

Are religious liberties more important than the health of babies?

 

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  1. This is so wrong. Hurting a person physically or mentally for religion proves that we don’t understand what religion is. We are just misusing it and doing what we think is right. We have to see beyond these so called traditions and look for the humanity in us that will make us stop doing such cruel things to babies.

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