The New Mexico Department of Health issued a warning for anyone in the area to avoid the VIP Day Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after two of its former clients who received vampire facials there were revealed to have contracted the same strain of HIV.
"Vampire" facials rejuvenate people's faces by injecting their own blood back into their skin with a needle.
The procedure was popularized by Kim Kardashian West, who posted a picture of her own face after receiving one of the facials in March 2013.
After two customers of the VIP Day Spa were diagnosed with the same strain of HIV, officials concluded it was likely contracted at the spa, which, according to Buzzfeed, was shut down in September 2018 "after an inspection found problems with the handling of needles."
@thedailybeast Obviously it was dirty equipment if the 2 spa goers got the virus after getting the treatment from t… https://t.co/Npnsp1X3uu— Sky (@Sky)1556644496.0
The New Mexico Department of Health is now offering free testing to anyone who received vampire facials from the spa, and have already tested 100 former clients for HIV and Hepatitis B or C.
@KTLA WOW 🤦🏻♀️— Yvonne (@Yvonne)1556641403.0
Kathy Kunkel, the Department of Health's cabinet secretary, said in a statement:
"Testing is important for everyone as there are effective treatments for HIV and many hepatitis infections."
@nypost Horrible. The price some pay for beauty. Is worth it? Nope! Research. Do your homework. Safety and sanitati… https://t.co/edcfEvth1W— Ginger Root (@Ginger Root)1556637733.0
The Department of Health also issued a reminder to anyone seeking vampire facials:
"Any persons desiring cosmetic services involving needle injections should verify the services are being provided by a licensed medical provider."
Twitter users wanted nothing to do with the horrifying story:
@fox5dc Yeah I mean just wash your face with soap and water, add some lotion and keep it moving honestly.— Kourtlynn Faith (@Kourtlynn Faith)1556682632.0
@fox5dc https://t.co/JRbLmrxwl5— DNA Career Services LLC (@DNA Career Services LLC)1556656486.0
Ok who the hell get a vampire facial wtf that's crazy, know 2 people got HIV. I want to know what the hell where yo… https://t.co/XCEGs3kNV0— jessenia (@jessenia)1556703366.0
This whole scenario demonstrates why safety inspections are so important.
@KTLA WTF!?!? https://t.co/UVKfc2Q3TU— Elegant Projects (@Elegant Projects)1556681889.0
@nypost @Richzeoli does the Vampiric One know about this?— Sandy Kerstetter (@Sandy Kerstetter)1556664787.0
@tmprowell Perhaps "vampire facials" should be banned? Eyelash tinting was banned in some states many years back wh… https://t.co/1Ldjo2wIJx— Pearl Freier (@Pearl Freier)1556713196.0
It seems vampire facials can be just as dangerous as actual vampires.
@KTLA https://t.co/xTOR3jIkN2— Rudy (@Rudy)1556657829.0
If you're planning on receiving a vampire facial anytime in the near future, make sure the establishment you receive it from is reputable and has received all the proper safety inspections!
No youthful glow is worth contracting a deadly virus.