Two Test Positive for HIV After 'Vampire Facial'

Two clients contract HIV following procedures at New Mexico spa as DOH warns of risk from ‘vampire facial

Two clients contract HIV following procedures at New Mexico spa as DOH warns of risk from ‘vampire facial

The New Mexico Department of Health has issued an official warning after two confirmed cases of HIV were linked with "Vampire" facials administered at an Albuquerque spa.

Two people who received facial injections from the same spa in the U.S. have contracted HIV, health officials have announced.

It is also known as the plasma-rich protein facial (PRP) and involves injecting plasma, typically from your own blood, into the face with a micro-needling pen.

Yet if the micro-needling pen or any other equipment is not properly disposed of or sterilized between facials, that could expose patients to potential blood-borne infections, as what was seen in New Mexico, Dr. Ehsan Ali, a board-certified internal medicine physician known as the Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, said a year ago.

A spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Health said both clients contracted the same strain of the HIV virus.

The facial was made popular byKim Kardashian in 2013 after she posted a photo of her undergoing the procedure onto social media. However, experts caution patients receiving this treatment as two individuals have been diagnosed with HIV after vampire facials at VIP Spa.

Laboratory testing indicated that the clients were infected with the same HIV virus, increasing the likelihood that the infections may have resulted from the procedures.

That scare prompted the state's health department to ask anyone who received needle-related procedures there to get tested for exposure to HIV and hepatitis B and C. Those sorts of injections need to be given by a licensed medical provider, according to state officials.

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

How Can Vampire Facials Transmit HIV?

The treatment is most commonly used for to improve the appearance of pores, acne scars and fine lines.

After signing up to do it, the 38-year-old learned she was pregnant, meaning she couldn't use the numbing cream or painkiller before the treatment as doctors recommended.

"It was really rough and painful for me", she explained. "It's the one treatment that I'll never do again", she wrote.

Day advises that these kinds of procedures should be handled by medical professionals: through a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

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