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Patients of Spa’s ‘Vampire Facial’ May Have Been Exposed To HIV

An inspection by the New Mexico Department of Health last week resulted in urgent news for the customers of VIP Spa in Albuquerque.

The inspection revealed maintenance practices by the spa that proved conducive to infections transmitted through blood contamination; infections like Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and HIV. The health department is urging any clients of the spa’s to get tested immediately, especially those who received a so-called “vampire facials.”

Vampire facials rely on the use of tiny needles to withdraw blood, centrifuge it in order to multiply platelets, then re-inject it back into the patient’s face. The practice saw a boost in popularity after a 2013 Instagram post by Kim Kardashian.

The news has former clients of the spa deeply unsettled, with one saying:

“Honestly, it made me sick to my stomach right away. Just everything starts coming to mind. The regrets, not knowing that you trusted someone so much. You just pretty much trust that everything was going to be fine,”

The spa has shut its doors for the foreseeable future, citing a “family emergency.”

Meanwhile, the news is creating a buzz on Twitter.

While the spa is in the wrong, many seem to be blaming the very customers put at risk.

While the New Mexico Health Department is doing a fine job at getting the word out for VIP’s customers to get tested, the fact that the spa’s practices have necessitated this…sucks.

H/T: CBS News, Allure

Written by Evan Brechtel

Evan Brechtel is a writer and actor living in New York. A Fordham University graduate, he also writes a monthly column for Chosen Magazine and is currently working on a historical fiction novel about New York queer bars over the twentieth century.