Spa’s ‘vampire facial’ tied to 2 HIV cases, health officials say

Spa’s ‘vampire facial’ tied to 2 HIV cases, health officials say

Spa’s ‘vampire facial’ tied to 2 HIV cases, health officials say

The New Mexico Department of Health said in a news release Monday that two clients of VIP Spa in Albuquerque who received "vampire facials" past year were recently diagnosed with the same HIV strain.

The clients who contracted HIV had received a vampire facial at the spa, which involves injecting a person's blood into their own face to improve the skin.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is urging people who visited a now-closed Albuquerque spa to get themselves tested for HIV after two people contracted the virus following a so-called 'vampire facial'.

The New Mexico Department of Health said Monday they fear the unnamed customers may have been infected by syringes and needles used to perform the anti-ageing procedure.

Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said Monday that more than 100 clients of the spa have already been tested, but that the department wanted to ensure everyone was aware of possibility of infection.

The New Mexico Department of Health began offering free HIV and hepatitis B and C testing shortly after VIP Spa's shuttering, as well as counseling.

Vampire facials gained popularity after Kim Kardashian West posted an Instagram photo of herself after undergoing the facial in 2013 at a different spa facility.

Casa de Salud Family Medical Office - 1608 Isleta Blvd. If the micro-needling pen, for instance, isn't properly sterilized between multiple clients' procedures, then customers could be exposed to blood-borne diseases.

VIP Spa was shut down by the NMDOH in September after an investigation found unsafe practices that could potentially spread blood-borne infections like HIV, and hepatitis B and C.

"The likelihood that these resulted from a procedure at the spa are high", Dr. Tierney Murphy, a medical epidemiologist with the health department, told local television station KRQE News 13.

"Check the certification. Make sure they are using proper technique", Bair warned.

The spa's owner previously told KOAT Action News that she is cooperating with health officials and that she only uses disposable needles.

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