NMDOH: 2 former spa clients confirmed to have HIV

Two clients contract HIV following procedures at New Mexico spa as DOH warns of risk from ‘vampire facial

In a Monday statement by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), officials encouraged clients of the VIP Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to get free and confidential testing for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C at testing sites after two cases of HIV infections among the spa's clients came to light.

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 treatment called a vampire facial.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is urging people who visited a now-closed Albuquerque spa to get themselves tested for HIV after two people contracted the virus following a so-called 'vampire facial'.

Kathy Ortiz, the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department's deputy director of boards and commissions, said the spa's owner didn't have a licence and they ordered a cease and desist order on the business. The DOH conducted the inspection after learning a spa client had developed an infection that may have resulted from the procedure.

Kathy Kunkel, the NMDOH's cabinet secretary, said more than 100 clients of the VIP Spa have already been tested.

The spa typically provided vampire facials where the client's own blood is injected into the face to replenish the skin.

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Infections could occur if micro-needling tips or syringes were reused, or if another patient's blood was used to perform the facial, for instance.

VIP Spa was shut down by the NMDOH in September after an investigation found unsafe practices that could potentially spread blood-borne infections like HIV, and hepatitis B and C.

The New Mexico Department of Health noted on Monday that anyone "desiring cosmetic services involving needle injections should verify the services are being provided by a licensed medical provider".

"I want everybody to be sure, everybody to be happy, and to know they don't have anything", she said.

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