A substantial marketplace is developing online for pre-owned CPAP masks and machines. Sites like craigslist and ebay offer used CPAP masks and machines at heavily reduced prices, giving many access to CPAP supplies they otherwise would not be able to afford. The benefits are undeniable, and lots of good has come from this marketplace. But I was recently talking to a good friend who is a bit of a germaphobe. You know the type --- the kind of guy who says "screw you" instead of "bless you" when you sneeze in his presence. But he raised an objection to the used CPAP equipment marketplace that I hadn't thought of, and couldn't quite rebut, at least not based on any facts at my own disposal. He thought there was a risk that Tuberculosis could be transmitted to a buyer of pre-owned CPAP equipment if the seller had contracted the disease. So I did a bit of investigation. There are a number of cleaning products for CPAP machines and masks on the market that a buyer would certainly be able to use. The Citrus II Wipes and the disinfectant Control III are among the most popular. However, my call to their manufacturers revealed that neither would kill tuberculosis. The Control III product is strong enough to kill HIV, but not strong enough to combat TB. Bleach was the solution suggested by one manufacturer. But as we all know, bleach would surely destroy the equipment.
So I raise the question not to alarm people who have benefited from pre-owned equipment, but rather to get some sort of confirmation that the chances are so slim to not even need to worry about it. Please give me the ammunition I need to rebut my friend's objection to the free and open exchange of pre-owned CPAP equipment.