Did New Mexico Spa's Vampire Facials Give 2 People HIV?
A New Mexico spa is being investigated after two people may have contracted the virus after receiving the treatment, which involves drawing a person's blood and injecting it into their face.
What should have been a relaxing day apparently turned into a nightmare for two people who officials say may have contracted HIV after receiving a vampire facial treatment at a spa.
The VIP Spa located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been closed down by health officials after it was determined two clients tested positive for HIV. Both people had visited the spa between May and September 2018 to receive vampire facials, in which a person's blood is drawn and injected into their own face to help replenish the skin.
Health officials say the spa was using unsafe practices that could potentially spread viruses like HIV and hepatitis.
The New Mexico Health Department is now offering free HIV treatment to anyone that may have received treatments at the spa.
Vampire facials have become popular after celebrities showed themselves getting the luxury treatment. Kim Kardashian and Donna D'Errico of "Baywatch" both have gone under the needle. But the celebrities went to a board-certified dermatologist for the treatment.
Some spas that now offer vampire facials, including the one in Albuquerque, don't have a license to draw blood.
“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,” said Kathy Kunkel, NMDOH cabinet secretary.
“Testing is important for everyone as there are effective treatments for HIV and many hepatitis infections.”
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