Vampire facial made popular by Kim Kardashian causes HIV, hepatitis scare in New Mexico


A spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been shut down as state officials urge customers to get tested for a number of bloodborne illnesses related to the spa’s “vampire facials,” including HIV, and hepatitis B and C, according to news reports.

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State inspectors began an investigation after a client at the VIP Spa developed an infection, The Sacramento Bee reported. Inspectors found problems with the storage, handling and disposal of needles at the salon.

A vampire facial, made popular by reality TV star Kim Kardashian, is a nonsurgical skin care treatment involving the withdrawal of blood from a patient then the reapplication of the treated blood to the face, KABC-TV reported.

Kardashian shared a picture of herself getting the procedure done in 2013, but has since said she regretted doing it, according to Refinery29.

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 New Mexico investigators are urging anyone who got a “vampire facial” at VIP Spa to get a blood test.


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