Clients of spa that offered vampire facials infected with HIV

New Mexico health officials say two people who received facial injections from the same spa are infected with HIV.

A warning has been issued about "vampire facials" after two people in the United States were diagnosed with HIV, following the controversial procedure.

Both patients contracted the virus after visiting VIP Spa in Albuquerque, which was closed last September over concerns about how it handled needles, and whether it had a licence to perform the procedures.

The New Mexico Department of Health began offering free HIV and hepatitis B and C testing shortly after VIP Spa's shuttering, as well as counseling.

The VIP Spa was closed in September of past year, according to the statement, after inspectors, "identified practices [there] that could potentially spread blood-borne infections, such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C to clients".

The VIP Spa was immediately closed following inspection, but Kathy Kunkel, the NMDOH Cabinet Secretary, said more testing needs to be done to confirm if blood-borne infection cases are limited to the two clients.

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The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Monday that laboratory tests indicated that the two clients were infected with the same virus, increasing the likelihood that the infections may have resulted from a procedure at the spa.

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The clients who contracted HIV had received a vampire facial at the spa, which involves injecting a person's blood into their own face to improve the skin. The Regulation and Licensing Department noted that the spa did not employ a licensed professional to draw blood.

The facial is also known as the PRP (platelet-rich plasma) facial. "Make sure that the place is using new equipment, changing the tips and needles".

Dr. Dean Bair, the medical director at Bair Medical Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently told KOAT News that people should only trust licensed medical facilities when receiving vampire facials or any other injection-related procedures, for that matter.

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