WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The New Mexico Department of Health issued a warning to people who had a procedure called vampire facial at an Albuquerque spa.
- The health officials urged all VIP Spa’s clients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis after one of its clients got an infection.
- The vampire facial involves extracting the client’s own blood, isolating the plasma and then re-injecting it into the face.
Ever heard of a vampire facial? It sure sounds scary because it involves extracting a person’s blood and then injecting it back to the face. But what’s scarier is the possibility of acquiring HIV or hepatitis from this “bloody” procedure.
Health officials in New Mexico issued an advisory to clients of the VIP Spa in Albuquerque, who had a vampire facial, to get themselves tested for HIV and hepatitis.
The warning came after one of the spa’s clients got an infection.
The New Mexico Department of Health shut down the spa for investigation on Friday after an infection was reported.
Dr. Michael Landen, an epidemiologist at NMDOH said they were bothered by how the spa stored, handled and disposed of needles.
“That’s concerning, because if needles aren’t handled appropriately, you could potentially increase the risk of a blood-borne infection,” Landen told KOAT-TV.
During a vampire facial treatment, a staff extracts a client’s blood, isolate the plasma by spinning it in a centrifuge and then inject it back into the client’s face through micro-needling. Clients swear that their skin was rejuvenated after the procedure.
The NMDOH offers free HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing as well as free counseling to those who received the vampire facial at the VIP Spa between May and June 2018.
“It is very important that anyone who received a vampire facial or other injection-related service at the VIP Spa in May or June of 2018 come to the Midtown Public Health Office for free and confidential lab testing and counseling,” Lynn Gallagher, the NMDOH cabinet secretary, said in a statement.
VIP Spa’s owner Luly Ruiz said that they only use disposable needles.
“I open them in front of my clients every time they come,” she told KOAT News.
Ruiz is cooperating with NMDOH, and also urges her clients to take avail of the free testing.
In 2013, Kim Kardashian has undergone a vampire facial while pregnant with son North at the time. She posted a photo of her bloody face on Instagram after the treatment.