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Penile Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Infection Presenting Two and a Half Years After Jewish Ritual Circumcision of an Infant

Yossepowitch, Orit MD*; Gottesman, Tamar MD*; Schwartz, Orna MSc; Stein, Michal MD‡§; Serour, Francis MD‡§; Dan, Michael MD

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: June 2013 - Volume 40 - Issue 6 - p 516–517
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e31828bbc04
Case Report

The association between Jewish ritual circumcision and genital herpes simplex virus type 1 infection has been well described. We report a case of genital herpes that first presented at the age of 2½ years. We believe that the infection was acquired asymptomatically through direct orogenital suction performed during circumcision in the newborn period.

A genital herpes first presented clinically in a boy at the age of 2.5 years. We believe that the infection was acquired asymptomatically on the occasion of ritual orthodox circumcision.

From the *Infectious Diseases Unit, †Microbiology Laboratory, ‡Department of Pediatrics, E. Wolfson Hospital, Holon, Israel; and §Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Conflict of interest: None declared. No funding received.

Correspondence: Michael Dan, MD, Infectious Diseases Unit, E Wolfson Hospital, Holon 58100, Israel. E-mail:

Received for publication December 19, 2012, and accepted February 5, 2013.

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