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Adult Male Circumcision Tool for Use in Traditional Ceremonies

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Kyle A. Lemmermen

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2350 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109kalemm@umich.edu

Tom F. Van Wingen

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2350 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109tvanwing@umich.edu

Craig M. Spencer

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2350 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109craspen@umich.edu

Phil J. Scott

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2350 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109pjscott@umich.edu

Kathleen H. Sienko

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2350 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109sienko@umich.edu

J. Med. Devices 4(4), 045003 (Nov 08, 2010) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4002576 History: Received January 10, 2010; Revised April 05, 2010; Published November 08, 2010; Online November 08, 2010

Public health officials are currently supporting adult male circumcision to minimize the transmission of HIV during intercourse. Estimates indicate that more than 3 million lives could be saved in sub-Saharan Africa alone if the procedure were widely adopted. Complications including infection and accidental cutting/amputation of the glans during traditional circumcision ceremonies can lead to permanent injury or death. A low cost, adjustable (one-size-fits-most), culturally appropriate adult male circumcision tool was designed for use in traditional circumcision ceremonies to increase the likelihood of safe outcomes.

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