When a baby is circumcised, some ritual Jewish circumcisers (mohelim) do a practice called metzitzah b’peh. Metzitzah b’peh is when the mohel uses their mouth to suck blood away from the baby’s circumcision wound as part of the circumcision ritual. After metzitzah b’peh, some babies can get an infection. Yes you read this right! Oral Sucking of a baby males penis. This practice is still being performed today, despite the denial of Jewish people that is was back in the 1800’s. This ritual is a permitted pedophilia act.
Avoiding metzitzah b’peh during circumcision eliminates the risk of herpes transmission during the bris.
If metzitzah b’peh is still performed despite this guidance, one can reduce — but not eliminate — the risk of HSV-1 infection associated with direct oral suctioning, by ensuring that mohelim rinse their mouth with alcohol-containing mouthwash (specifically, Listerine Original Gold, with 26.9% alcohol) for at least 30 seconds immediately before performing direct oral suctioning.
To protect the health of New York City’s infants, the Commissioner of Health has ordered mohelim identified as having infected a baby with HSV-1 through metzitzah b’peh to not perform this practice during the circumcision ritual.