Vampire facials at a New Mexico spa led to 2 people getting infected with HIV

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • A spa in New Mexico closed in September after two of its clients were reported to have been infected with HIV after receiving injections during a facial treatment.
  • The spa in question was also found to be potentially spreading diseases that are blood-borne like HIV and hepatitis B and C.
  • The 2 clients received a ‘vampire’ facial, a trendy procedure that isolates platelet-rich plasma from a person’s own blood that is injected back to their skin using a method called microneedling.

Two clients of a spa in New Mexico were confirmed to have become infected with HIV after getting vampire facials, prompting free testing for the spa’s former clients by the state health department.

The New Mexico Department of Health has revealed that the agency is examining two HIV cases among the customers of the VIP Spa, which was closed down in September after it was found to be spreading blood-borne diseases such as HIV or hepatitis.

According to additional lab tests on specimens from the two clients, there were no other possible exposures to the HIV virus indicated other than their injection-related procedures at the VIP Spa. Furthermore, the health department said that the two HIV-infected individuals received their injections between May and September 2018 at the spa.

Vampire facials have become popular after celebrities like Kim Kardashian have promoted the trendy treatment. It involves isolating a person’s blood to get plasma that is rich in platelets which are injected into that person’s skin through a process called microneedling.

However, spa owner Luly Ruiz told Albuquerque’s KOAT-TV on September that she only used disposable needles during injections. At the time, Ruiz claimed that she usually opens the needles right in front of her clients every time they come for treatments.

Meanwhile, state health officials are announcing free testing for all former clients of the spa for HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

In a statement, cabinet secretary Kathy Kunkel of the health department said: “While over 100 VIP Spa clients have already been tested, NMDOH is reaching out to ensure that testing and counseling services are available for individuals who received injection-related services at the VIP Spa.”

She also recommended to everyone to go for treatment because there are already available and effective treatments for HIV and hepatitis infections.

 

Source: USA Today

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