2 spa clients contract HIV after facial

Two People Contract HIV From ‘Vampire Facial’ at Spa

Two People Contract HIV From ‘Vampire Facial’ at Spa

More than 130 former patients of VIP Spa in Albuquerque have been tested after New Mexico health officials confirmed a second client contracted HIV after receiving "injected-related" procedures at the facility, KRQE reported.

The New Mexico Department of Health said in a statement Monday it is now investigating the two cases of infection among clients who had injection procedures done at the VIP Spa in Albuquerque between May and September 2018.

The aesthetician at VIP Spa, however, was using unsafe practices that put her clients at risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, and other diseases, officials said.

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

"Testing is important for everyone as there are effective treatments for HIV and many hepatitis infections", she said.

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VIP Spa shuttered last September after state agencies found issues with how needles were handled and disposed.

At that time previous year, a representative of the spa declined to comment, and CNN attempted to contact a lawyer for the spa. It involves drawing the customer's own blood and running it through a centrifuge to separate out platelet-rich plasma. Ali was not involved in the New Mexico cases. If the micro-needling pen, for instance, isn't properly sterilized between multiple clients' procedures, then customers could be exposed to blood-borne diseases.

The spa did not have a license to draw blood, which only a medical professional can do.

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

The spa's owner previously told KOAT Action News that she is cooperating with health officials and that she only uses disposable needles.

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".

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