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A spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico had been shut down in September by the NM Health Department when a client contracted a blood-borne pathogen after undergoing a “vampire facial.”
This week we learn of two more individuals who contracted HIV from the center prior to it being shuttered.
During a “Vampire Facial”, blood gets taken from the client (venipuncture) and then centrifuged to isolate the platelets, clotting factors, creating Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP.) PRP is then reinjected into the client’s face with fillers as part of a “rejuvenation treatment”, or rubbed directly on the face after a microdermabrasion or micro-needle facial treatment.
Customers of VIP Spa who received this type of service have been urged to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
PRP has been used by multiple specialties to help speed up tissue healing in tendon, ligament and muscle injuries. The Platelet Rich Plasma also has been found to reduce inflammation and pain associated with injuries. Some cite it may help hair growth which makes we wonder why women would want to add it to their face.
Kim Kardashian most famously had one but then stated in an interview how she regretted it due to it being “the most painful thing ever!”
Blood borne pathogens maybe be bacteria or viruses that enter the blood stream during a venipuncture or injection procedure. These can be deadly and avoidance of unclean needles or poor sterile procedure is paramount to being protected.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.