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SMH is all I have to say about rubbing blood on your face…

via NYDN

The New Mexico Department of Health announced two cases of HIV following injection-related procedures at VIP Spa in Albuquerque Monday. The two positive tests increased the likelihood that the HIV infections resulted from the procedure.

People who received any kind of injection at the spa, including a “Vampire Facial” — a procedure where blood is drawn from a client and using a machine, separated into platelets that are then applied to the face, which has been punctured using micro-needles — between May and September 2018, can be tested for free.

VIP spa closed Sept. 7, 2018, after it was discovered there was potential risks for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections from the spa’s practices during an inspection by the NMDOH and the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Barbers and Cosmetologists Board.

According to a statement posted on the official Vampire Facial’s website from the Cellular Medicine Association, VIP Spa was using the name “Vampire Facial” without being on a certified list of providers.

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