This Facial May Have Left 2 People in New Mexico With HIV


Two people have contracted the HIV virus after having vampire facials at a health spa which used dirty needles to perform the procedure, health officials say.

The New Mexico Health Department is now offering free HIV treatment to anyone that may have received treatments at the spa. This comes after an inspections report on September 7, in which officials revealed that the service could have put people at risk of these infections, especially if they got the treatment in May or June of 2018.

In addition to getting tested for HIV, the New Mexico health department recommended that patients also check for hepatitis B and hepatitis C. More than 100 people have been tested already.

The procedure has been championed by Gwyneth Paltrow's controversial lifestyle brand Goop, which describes a blood facial as a process in which "healing factors from a patient's own blood are re-injected into skin, rejuvenating it in much the way PRP treatments help heal joints and injuries in orthopedics and sports medicine".

Some spas that now offer vampire facials, including the one in Albuquerque, don't have a license to draw blood.

Two clients of a now-closed New Mexico spa have tested positive for HIV, prompting the state health department to continue its push for previous clients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis.

Kim Kardashian-West popularized the facial when she underwent one publicly on an episode of Kim and Kourtney Take Miami, a spin-off of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Kim Kardashian has a "vampire facial".

Officially known as a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, it's when blood is drawn from a patient's arm and then spun in a centrifuge machine to separate the plasma and platelets from red blood cells.

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.

The VIP Spa was closed in September of a year ago, according to the statement, after inspectors, "identified practices [there] that could potentially spread blood-borne infections, such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C to clients".

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

Dr. Dean Bair, the medical director at Bair Medical Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently told KOAT News that people should only trust licensed medical facilities when receiving vampire facials or any other injection-related procedures, for that matter.