|blood pressure cuff that bit me
May 13, 2011
Hey Dr. Bob, I followed your work for going on five years and asked questions and donated in the past. Good to see your are doing well. I see you had a similar question last year, but not quite the same and I am sure others relate.
I have been using the blood pressure machine at the local pharmacy to check blood pressure regularly. I roll up my shirt sleeve for accuracy. I noticed recently that the cuff has cut into my arm a few times...not like an open cut but bright red where it appears to have been bleeding under the skin ( I guess a bruise). Can hiv be transmitted this way if someone else had recently used the cuff and gotten blood on it?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Welcome back to the forum.
Your concerns are unwarranted. As long as your skin remained intact, there is absolutely no HIV-acquisition risk from the crocodile blood pressure machine. Bruised skin is still considered intact (not broken, cut or bleeding) and is an effective barrier to HIV.
Be well. Stay well.
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