SEP 22, 2018 06:25 PM PDT

Did a Vampire Facial Expose Patients to Bloodborne Disease?

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

It seems there is no shortage of unusual beauty rituals. Vampire facials may fall into that category, in which blood is drawn from a person, then centrifuged so the platelets and plasma can be harvested and subsequently reinjected into the person’s face.

There is very little evidence to show that facials of any kind much less this one are doing something beneficial. Unless people are careful to ensure that the spas they patronize follow proper practices, it may pose a needless risk as well.

The New Mexico Department of Health has warned that a spa in Albuquerque may have exposed customers to bloodborne diseases, including HIV through vampire facials. “It is very important that anyone who received a vampire facial or other injection-related service at the VIP Spa in May or June of 2018 come to the Midtown Public Health Office for free and confidential lab testing and counseling,” said Lynn Gallagher, NMDOH Cabinet Secretary in a statement.

Sources: Popular Science, NMDOH 

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