2 diagnosed with HIV after getting facials at New Mexico spa

2 diagnosed with HIV after getting facials at New Mexico spa

On Monday, the health authority released a second notice encouraging clients of the now-closed VIP Spa in Alburqueque, N.M.to come in for free and confidential testing for HIV, as well as for hepatitis B and C. In its press release, the department said anyone who received an injection-related procedure, including a vampire facial, at the spa between May and September 2018 could have been infected.

The news of the HIV infections has sparked fears other spa users may have been exposed to the disease, The Sun reports.

The VIP Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was closed by health officials after it was determined two clients tested positive for HIV.

Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said Monday that more than 100 clients of the spa have already been tested, but that the department wanted to ensure everyone was aware of possibility of infection.

The NMDH is offering free HIV and hepatitis testing to anyone who may visited the spa.

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At that time past year, a representative of the spa declined to comment, and CNN attempted to contact a lawyer for the spa.

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During a "vampire facial", a small amount of a customer's blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to extract the patient's plasma, which contains platelets and growth factors that stimulate cell production. That plasma typically comes from your own blood.

The clients were infected with the virus following "vampire facials" between May and September 2018.

Yet if the micro-needling pen or any other equipment is not properly disposed of or sterilized between facials, that could expose patients to potential blood-borne infections, as what was seen in New Mexico, Dr. Ehsan Ali, a board-certified internal medicine physician known as the Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, said previous year.

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

"Just make sure you're seeing everything being done in front you", he said.

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

In its public notice, the health department advised anyone interested in receiving a cosmetic service that involves needle injections to verify the procedure will be delivered by a licensed medical provider.

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