WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- At least two clients of a New Mexico salon contracted HIV following their vampire facial appointments.
- The salon owner is now facing multiple charges, including fraud and practicing medicine without a license.
- Officials found unwrapped and unlabeled needles, syringes, and blood tubes across the salon.
Following reports of at least two clients contracting HIV after a “vampire facial,” a New Mexico salon owner has now been indicted on 24 felonies.
Among the charges that 59-year-old Maria de Lourdes Ramos de Ruiz faces as the former owner of VIP Beauty Salon and Spa in Albuquerque are fraud, practicing medicine without a license, tax evasion, racketeering, and money laundering.
Attorney General Hector Balderas declared, “Individuals who jeopardize the health and safety of New Mexican families must be held accountable. We look forward to presenting this case at trial.”
The cosmetic procedure called the “vampire facial” involves Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. It will draw the patient’s blood, spin it in a centrifuge, then inject small amounts of it under the skin through multiple, small needles. Some of the blood is also applied topically on the skin.
The business was inspected by the New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department and deputy director of Boards and Commissions back in September 2018. Officials found unwrapped needles and unlabeled blood tubes all over the salon. Unlabeled syringes were also found near food in the refrigerator and blood had been dumped into the kitchen sink. Fake documents for Botox and “vampire facial” training were displayed on the walls.
They also found evidence of inadequate disinfection and cleaning, such as tubing that was not changed nor cleaned between appointments.
An inspector wrote on a search warrant affidavit filed in 2nd Judicial District Court: “It appears VIP Spa attempted to give its clients the impression that it was a licensed, accredited medical facility.”
The owner also carried an expired cosmetologist license from 2013.
The first client was identified to have contracted HIV back in August 2018 while the second client’s infection was detected in February 2019. Both had the same strain of the virus.
The salon carried out “unlicensed and fraudulent services” for about 137 clients.
Source: FOX News