FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2010
Lacey Dean, AUA
TASK FORCE FORMED TO PROVIDE MALE CIRCUMCISIONS, FIGHT AIDS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
LINTHICUM, MD, January 25, 2010—The American Urological Association (AUA) has formed a Male Circumcision Task Force and is collaborating with major international healthcare agencies to scale-up adult male circumcision services in sub-Saharan Africa to combat the spread of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Chaired by Ira Sharlip, MD, the Task Force has been created to help fill the shortage of surgical manpower for adult male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa.
The task force will create a pool of qualified volunteer surgeons and will link these volunteers to Ministries of Health in Africa and international health agencies that are in need of surgical manpower. Presently, the AUA is collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO), The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate, all of which are focusing their efforts to scale-up adult male circumcision in areas where the prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is high and the prevalence of male circumcision is low.
The magnitude of the AIDS epidemic is enormous but a minor urological procedure, male circumcision, can have a major impact in reducing the extent of this devastating disease. Recent studies have shown that male circumcision is one of the most powerful medical interventions in the fight against the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called these studies “compelling” and the efficacy of male circumcision “proven beyond reasonable doubt.” WHO has stated that male circumcision should be recognized as one of the key strategies for the prevention of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men in sub-Saharan Africa.
As part of its efforts to support the scale-up of adult male circumcision services in sub-Saharan Africa, the AUA is offering a training course for potential volunteers during the 2010 AUA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The course is designed for board eligible/board certified urologists and residents interested in traveling to Africa for two – four weeks to volunteer their services. This free, non-CME course will be held twice during the meeting (1-3 pm on Monday, May 31 and Tuesday, June 1) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA. You must register for the AUA Annual Meeting to attend this course. To register, go to https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=213 (course is listed under “Additional Educational Opportunities”) or email international@AUAnet.org for more information.
For more information on volunteering or to schedule an interview with Dr. Sharlip, please contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 or ldean@AUAnet.org.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.