Old-fashioned circumcision can spread herpes

By Ben Harder, 15:51 PM April 15, 2008

Boys whose ritual circumcisions involve an ancient, and now rare, practice may acquire herpes during the operation.

Some cultures in which the penis foreskin is routinely removed by surgery have long recognized that the practice partially protects boys and men against certain infections. Recently, circumcision has been found to reduce a man's risk of acquiring HIV (SN: 4/3/04, p. 212: Available to subscribers at Better-Off Circumcised? Foreskin may permit HIV entry, infection). However, docto...

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