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‘Vampire’ facial spa in Albuquerque may have exposed clients to HIV, hepatitis risk

‘Vampire’ facial spa in Albuquerque may have exposed clients to HIV, hepatitis risk

New Mexico health officials are urging clients who received a “vampire facial” or other injection-related procedures at Albuquerque’s VIP Spa to get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The announcement came after heath officials indefinitely closed the spa.

The closure came following an inspection by the New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, and the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists Board on Sept. 7.

Dr. Michael Landen, a New Mexico Department of Health epidemiologist, told KOAT-TV that one red flag upon inspecting the spa was the storage, handling and disposal of needles.

The owner of VIP Spa told the TV station that only disposable needles were used.

The health department is offering free testing for clients of the spa at the Midtown Public Health Office.

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