Honors College
 

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Publication Date

5-2014

Abstract

Millions of people around the world are affected by HIV. Studies have demonstrated that the circumcision of heterosexual males leads to an approximate 60% reduction in the potential for the contraction of the virus from a female partner. Current surgical circumcision techniques are not feasible on the required scale in remote settings. An innovative solution is needed. The goal of this project is to develop a safe and effective device for large-scale circumcision efforts in remote regions of sub-Saharan Africa. This thesis will focus specifically on the analysis and optimization of the device. A full scale finite element analysis of the design has been conducted, and all performance requirements were satisfied. The optimization ensures that the design minimizes material use while maintaining performance. The device has the potential to be a useful, necessary tool for HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa.

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