Sunday, April 7, 2013
NEW YORK: Two More Herpes Babies, One With HIV
Two more baby boys have contracted herpes via ultra-orthodox Jewish practice of metzitzah b'peh, or sucking a newly circumcised child's penis with the mouth.
This time, one tested positive for HIV-1.
The New York City Department of Health deputy commissioner said it was "too early to tell" if the babies would suffer long-term health consequences from the infection.
I'm not sure what else to say.
The child in question did NOT contract HIV-1 as reported by Medical Daily. It was a misprint, as the child tested for HSV-1, which is the herpes virus.
The original report can be read here.
The Medical Daily article which has now been corrected can be read here.
This misprint is no excuse to ignore the incident; herpes being deliberately transmitted to children by otherwise intelligent adults is still a problem, and the New York City Health Department needs to stop shirking their responsibilities.