2 Clients of Spa Giving ‘Vampire Facials’ Tested Positive for HIV

2 clients of spa that offered 'vampire facials' diagnosed with HIV

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

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, both clients "received injection-related procedures" at the now-shuttered VIP Spa in Albuquerque between May and September of last year. 

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Tests found that the clients recently were infected with the same strain of the virus, "increasing the likelihood that the two HIV infections may have resulted from a procedure at the VIP Spa," the news release said.

The spa, which shut down in September after a health inspection, offered "vampire facials," procedures in which plasma is extracted from a client's own blood, then injected into the patron's face, KRQE-TV reported.

The treatment gained popularity in 2013 when reality TV star Kim Kardashian posted about it on Instagram.

>> See her 2013 Instagram post here

The state Health Department is offering free HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing for former clients of the spa. So far, more than 100 patrons have been tested, officials said. 

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