The American Urological Association (AUA) has formed a Male Circumcision Task Force and is collaborating with major international health care agencies to bolster adult male circumcision services in sub-Saharan Africa to combat the spread of AIDS.

The task force, which is chaired by Ira D. Sharlip, MD, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of California in San Francisco, will create a pool of qualified volunteer surgeons and link them to ministries of health in Africa and international health agencies in need of surgical manpower.

Recent studies show that male circumcision is among the most effective medical interventions in the fight against the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, the AUA noted in a press release.

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