Two people who have probably contracted HIV at an extinguished spa in the United States during the so-called "Vampire Facial" now face lifelong repressive therapy.
The poorly done treatments have the New Mexico Department of Health asking that anyone who has had needle treatment between May and September of last year get tested.
The department on Monday (New Zealand time Tuesday) announced two HIV cases likely to stem from injection-related procedures at VIP Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The two positive tests increased the likelihood that HIV infections resulted from the procedure, the department said.
Attracted by the fascination of transferring their own platelets and their regenerative powers to the skin of the face, celebrities and others have gone through the cosmetic procedure in recent years. But this must be done correctly, with properly sanitized equipment.
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People who have received any type of injection into the spa, including the Vampire Facial – in which blood is drawn from a client and separated into platelets that are applied to the face, which has been punctured with micro-needles – between these dates can be tested from grace.
Authorities closed the VIP Spa on Sept. 7, 2018 shortly after inspectors from the health department and the New Mexico Department of Licensing and Regulation discovered unsafe practices exposing clients to blood-borne infections including HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C virus.
The procedure itself is safe if done properly, said the Association of Cellular Medicine in a statement on its official website of Vampire Facials. The VIP Spa, the organization said, was not on a certified list of providers.
"Qualified medical professionals deal with blood all day without serious problems (in emergency rooms, in operating rooms and in offices), and this procedure is even safer, since it is done with the patient's own blood," said communicated. "Done correctly, FDA approved devices are used, and nothing in the room with a patient even has the possibility of a drop of blood from any previously treated patient."
Without sterile conditions, disaster can strike. Although HIV suppression treatment can keep the virus at undetectable levels and avoid transmission to partners, it requires daily medication that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars during a patient's life.
"But done inadequately – people can be killed by cross-contamination," said the Association of Cellular Medicine. "Providers in New Mexico under investigation were impostors who were not licensed to use our name & # 39; Vampire Facial & # 39 ;, were never licensed to use the name, were never properly trained and were never on our list of certified suppliers. "
The health department echoed this by advising those who opt for cosmetic services "involving needle injections" should check if a licensed medical provider is administering the procedure.
In addition to testing for HIV, the New Mexico Department of Health has recommended that patients also check for hepatitis B and hepatitis C. More than 100 people have been tested.
– New York Daily News