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

New Mexico Spa Shut Down After Hepatitis, HIV Scare From "Vampire Facial" Made Popular By Kim Kardashian

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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.

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.

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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.

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

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