USA health officials confirm two HIV cases linked to 'Vampire' facials

Grant Boone
May 2, 2019

Officials say the two people patronized the spa between May and September of 2018.

VIP Spa closed on 7 September 2018 after an inspection revealed the mishandling of practices that can cause the transmission of blood-related infections.

Their treatments took place at the VIP Spa in Albuquerque between May and September of a year ago.

The vampire facial treatment - made popular by Kim Kardashian in 2013 - involves a beauty technician taking a sample of a person's blood, and then injecting it back into their face.

Two people who received injection-related facials at a USA spa have now been infected with the same strain of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to New Mexico health officials. The two clients who are HIV positive also have the same HIV virus type, which increases the likelihood that the infections are the result of a procedure at the spa they both went to.

Ali advised patients interested in vampire facials make sure they see practitioners opening new syringes to draw blood, as well as changing the micro-needling pen before performing the procedure.

More than 130 former patients of VIP Spa in Albuquerque have been tested after New Mexico health officials confirmed a second client contracted HIV after receiving "injected-related" procedures at the facility, KRQE reported.

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She said: "While over 100 VIP Spa clients have already been tested, NMDOH is reaching out to ensure that testing and counselling services are available for individuals who received injection-related services at the VIP Spa".

The New Mexico government's investigation has not found anyone else exposed to HIV from the spa.

What is the vampire facial?

It's supposed to rejuvenate the skin.

Officially known as a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, it's when blood is drawn from a patient's arm and then spun in a centrifuge machine to separate the plasma and platelets from red blood cells. The procedure gained popularity after celebrities such as Kim Kardashian underwent the facial treatment. The plasma allegedly contains nutrients, proteins and growth factors that help with a myriad of skin issues like fine wrinkles, melasma, surgical scars and acne scarring via it's promotion of collagen growth.

The health department echoed this, advising those who opt for cosmetic services "involving needle injections" should verify that a licensed medical provider is administering the procedure.

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