Two people contract HIV following procedures at New Mexico health spa

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Two people contract HIV following procedures at New Mexico health spa

Last September news came out that health officials were encouraging anyone who had received the "vampire facial" or any other type of injection-related service at the VIP Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico get tested for HIV.

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

The vampire facial, otherwise know as a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facial, involves drawing blood from a patient before extracting the plasma and platelets which are then re-injected into the face.

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 past year.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, the diagnoses are the result of the clinic using dirty needles and syringes to perform the facial.

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 facial was made popular byKim Kardashian in 2013 after she posted a photo of her undergoing the procedure onto social media.

The procedure is touted as being able to rejuvenate the skin by boosting the turnover of skin cells, but its benefits remain disputed.

"Testing is important for everyone as there are effective treatments for HIV and many hepatitis infections", the statement said. Two people who received a Vampire Facial were diagnosed with HIV after two people who had a "vampire facial" were diagnosed with HIV.

The clients received "vampire facials" at the VIP Spa between May and September 2018, according to the press release.

Vampire facials involve a process that is better suited to a medical environment.

Many people will recognise the contentious treatment from its appearance on Kim and Kourtney Take Miami.

The treatment seems a little extreme, but it might be helpful to your skin, according to Bruce E. Katz, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist.

"I think it's absolutely paramount to make sure that that is occurring".

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