According to theNew Mexico Department of Health, two customers at the VIP Spa in Albuquerque who received “vampire facials” were reportedly infected with HIV.
The “vampire facial” is a procedure in which a customer’s blood is drawn, placed into a centrifuge, and reapplied to the face, sometimes via injections, for supposed cell renewal benefits. The popularity of “vampire facials” soared after Kim Kardashian West posted an Instagram photo of herself post-vampire facial in 2013.
In September, the Albuquerque spa was forced to close when the NMDOH found its practices could be responsible for the spread of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. The NMDOH is currently investigating two cases of HIV infections among VIP spa customers who received treatments between May and September 2018. According to them, “Additional laboratory testing on specimens from the two clients indicates recent infection with the same HIV virus — increasing the likelihood that the two HIV infections may have resulted from a procedure at the VIP spa.”
The NMDOH offers free testing for anyone who received any injections, including vampire facials, at the spa in question.