HIV Cases in New Mexico Linked to Vampire Facials

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, individual who had vampire facials VIP Spa have found out they are HIV positive.

More of the HIV cases, according to the State Department of Health, are related to an abandoned spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Health officials advise retesting for anybody with a "vampire facial" or botox injections at the VIP Spa.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facials are another name for vampire facials. The procedure entails collecting blood from a patient's arm, separating the plasma, and injecting the patient's plasma into their face.


The initial blood draw, the first stage, is relatively painless. After that, a centrifuge separates the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells in your blood.

The PRP is applied to the skin after the micro-needling is finished and the numbing lotion has taken effect. The PRP should stay on the skin for the rest of the day to get the best benefits. Patients will have dry, red, sensitive skin that looks and feels somewhat sunburned for the first few days following treatment.

The procedure, according to the providers, can revitalize one's skin. However, only a minuscule study has been done to establish the effectiveness of vampire facials.

After at least two individuals tested positive for HIV receiving a vampire facial, the authorities closed VIP Spa in 2018. The former proprietor of the spa was given a three-and-a-half-year jail term last year.

It's very important that we spread the word and remind people who received any kind of injection-related to services provided at the VIP Spa to come in for free and confidential testing.

- Health Department's Deputy Secretary, Laura Parajon

Five individuals with connections to the spa have tested HIV positive; a health department official told Scripps News on July 5.

According to the Department of Health, more individuals who received treatments in 2018 and this year tested positive for HIV. The Department of Health offers three free walk-in testing occasions for previous VIP customers.



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