CDC Describes First Known Cases of HIV Transmitted Via Cosmetic Injections

Posted By Madilyn Moeller, Thursday, April 25, 2024

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Three women were likely infected with HIV while receiving so-called vampire facials at a New Mexico spa, marking the first known HIV cases transmitted via cosmetic injections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday.

The first HIV case linked to the VIP Spa in Albuquerque was discovered in 2018 and prompted the New Mexico Department of Health to offer free testing to anyone who got injections at the facility. The department said at the time that the spa was shut down after its investigators "identified practices that could potentially spread blood-borne infections."

The most recent case was a former client of the spa who tested positive for HIV last year, according to the health department —which led it to reopen the prior investigation.

Now, the CDC report provides new detail about the affected clients and the spa's practices.

Read more at NBC News >>

Previous Coverage:

2019: Unsafe Practices by New Mexico Aesthetician Lead to Second HIV Infection

2021: Spa Owner Linked to HIV Cases in New Mexico Faces 24 Charges

2022: Albuquerque Salon Owner Behind ‘Vampire Facials’ Takes Plea

2023: New HIV Cases Linked to Shuttered New Mexico Salon that Offered PRP Facials