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HIV Infections Linked to "Vampire Facial" & Cosmetic Services Performed at A New Mexico Spa


According to multiple news sources, some customers who received "vampire facials" and other cosmetic procedures have allegedly contracted HIV from a now-closed Albuquerque, New Mexico spa. According to CNN, "Two cases of HIV were previously linked to injection-related procedures at the spa in 2019." CNN also mentioned that "A new HIV case has been linked to a vampire facial at an Albuquerque spa that closed in 2018, the New Mexico Department of Health said. The only HIV risk that the 2023 patient reported was a "vampire facial" at VIP Beauty Salon and Spa in 2018."

The facial also known as a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) facial, has grown in popularity. Dr. Mellisa Doft told Allure magazine that Vampire facials "combine the powers of microneedling and PRP." Dr. Doft, a plastic surgeon, explained the procedure: "During a traditional microneedling treatment, needles create tiny insults in the skin, stimulating the skin to repair itself with new collagen and elastin." But in a vampire facial, this is coupled with platelet-rich plasma, which "contains growth factors to help stimulate repair."

Like any procedure, if performed correctly with properly sanitized equipment, it can be done successfully. However, CNN stated, "In June 2022, the spa owner pleaded guilty to five felony counts of practicing medicine without a license, the Department of Health said this week. "The spa closed in 2018 after a state inspection found unsafe practices that could spread blood-borne infections to clients, per CNN." Getting wellness and beauty services from licensed and reputable businesses is extremely important, as it's a frequent routine for many Americans. According to CNBC, the skin care and beauty industry grosses over $90 billion worldwide.

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