After getting the strangely named ‘vampire facials’ two people were later found to have contracted HIV. The spa in which they obtained the facials is now closed, due to the incidents, with New Mexico’s health departments offering free testing to past clients of the establishment.
The two people that were infected had been infected sometime between the months of May – September of 2018, at a spa in Albuquerque The vampire facial, which included some injection procedures in which blood is taken from the body, and then injected into the face, has infected at least the two people mentioned, but officials say there could be more.
“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 state Secretary of Health Kathy Kunkel. “Testing is important for everyone as there are effective treatments for HIV and many hepatitis infections.”
With the spa now closed, it has came out that the spa actually didn’t even have the licensing to draw blood from patients at all.
“I think it’s absolutely paramount to make sure that that is occurring. This is just the worst example of what can go wrong if you don’t,” Dean Bair, medical director at Bair Medical Spa, told KOAT.
And to make matters worse, the establishment was in violation of laws that require them to properly dispose of such intravenous tools.
In recent years, this procedure has become quite trendy due to celebrities sharing their experiences with it, as well as their results. However, some, like Kim Karhsashian later came forward and said they regretted the experience.