Did New Mexico Spa's Vampire Facials Give 2 People HIV?

Henrietta Brewer
May 3, 2019

The treatment was partially made popular by Kim Kardashian West in 2013 when she posted a bloody selfie on Instagram following her own "vampire facial".

A spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Health said both clients contracted the same strain of the HIV virus.

In 2017, ABC reported on a woman whose face became repeatedly infected following a "Vampire" facial at a Sydney skin clinic.

"Testing is important for everyone as there are effective treatments for HIV and many hepatitis infections", Kathy Kunkel, the New Mexico Department of Health Cabinet secretary, said in a statement.

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


But a health spa performing the procedure may have given two patients HIV from contaminated needles, United States health officials said.

NMDOH is now encouraging anyone who received treatment at the spa to come in for free HIV and hepatitis B and C testing.

Two people who received facial injections from the same spa have been infected with HIV, New Mexico health officials announced this week.

You might be wondering how an unsuspecting person getting a facial at a spa could end up with a blood-borne infection like HIV.

"The likelihood that these resulted from a procedure at the spa are high", Dr. Tierney Murphy, a medical epidemiologist with the health department, told local television station KRQE News 13.


Other celebrities including Bar Refaeli and Keri Maguire have also tried the controversial treatment. But as with many potentially risky beauty procedures like laser hair removal, laser facials and cosmetic surgery, once the treatment is trending it's easy for ill-experienced or downright irresponsible salons and therapists to start doing the treatments without having either the training or following proper protocol.

"Check the certification. Make sure they are using proper technique", Bair warned.

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".

The VIP Spa was closed in September of previous year, 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".


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