HIV infections traced to “vampire facials”

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(KOB) The New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging former clients of the VIP Spa in Albuquerque to be tested for HIV after two former clients were confirmed to have contracted the virus.

Department of Health officials say both people had received “injection related procedures” at the spa between May and September of last year.

The procedure in question was the so-called “Vampire Facial,” a treatment that injects a person’s own blood into their face in an attempt to improve skin health.

The downtown spa was closed in 2018 after an inspection revealed certain practices at the spa could spread infectious diseases. The Department of Health conducted the inspection after learning a spa client had developed an infection that may have resulted from the procedure.

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