"Vampire facials" at New Mexico Spa may have exposed clients to HIV

"Vampire facials" at New Mexico Spa may have exposed clients to HIV

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recommends that customers who were in a particular spa in Albuquerque be tested HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, Anyone who has received any type of injection service, including a so-called "vampire facial", at the VIP Spa in Albuquerque should be tested as soon as possible, especially if they received the procedure in May or June, the Department of Health said ,

At a September 7th inspection, officials identified practices that could potentially spread blood-borne infections.

"We performed the inspection because a VIP spa patient developed an infection that may have been caused by a spa procedure," said DOH epidemiologist Dr. med. Michael Landen to the CBS subsidiary KRQE.

A "vampire facial" is a non-surgical facial treatment in which a patient's blood is aspirated and then injected into the face using micro-needles. The process was popularized by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian.

KRQE reports that a note at the spa's door earlier this week that called for a family emergency forced her to cancel appointments during the week.

"Honestly, it made me sick right away, it just struck me, the regret of not knowing someone was so familiar, just trusting that everything will be fine," a VIP Spa former customer said Station.

The NMDOH offers free, confidential HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C testing and counseling.

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