Vampire facial spreads HIV in New Mexico

A widely popular skin rejuvenation therapy, Vampire Facial has gained immense popularity since Kim Kardashian recently publicly talked about its benefits. She even posted a photo of herself undergoing the procedure.

What is A Vampire Facial?

Vampire Facial

Vampire Facial

The Vampire Facial is a skin rejuvenating technique, which uses a combination of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and microneedling (Collagen induction therapy). The PRP is a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein derived from whole blood drawn from your own body while the microneedles make thousands of tiny punctures in the skin to stimulate collagen formation. The procedure uses the client’s own blood to collect Platelet Rich Plasma and have it applied on the freshly needled face. It also increases skin permeability thus allowing skin care products to enter the skin more effectively.

It requires multiple treatments spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart to achieve the desired results. However, it can be a costly procedure in the United States. Due to the high cost, many people go for highly discounted clinics and spas which can be very risky.

Health warning issued

In an unfortunate incident, a person who got a vampire facial from the VIP Spa in New Mexico tested positive for HIV. Reports state the person acquired the infection post Vampire facial treatment from the clinic.

Health officials from New Mexico have since released a statement warning all clients who got Vampire facials from the  spa to get themselves tested for HIV

SPA shut down

After the issue came up, New Mexico officials immediately had the spa shut down. The health officials also inspected the spa and discovered that the microneedling instruments had the potential to spread deadly infections including HIV and Hepatitis.

The NMDOH staffs were shocked at the unhygienic state of the spa and the unsterile storage of the needles.

In a statement published by the NMDOH, Lynn Gallagher, the NMDOH cabinet secretary stated, “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 comes to the Midtown Public Health Office for free and confidential lab testing and counseling.”

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