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Woman lives in fear after learning Vampire Facial may have exposed her to HIV

Ryan Laughlin
September 11, 2018 04:41 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Some people are living with anxiety after learning treatments at a downtown Albuquerque medical spa could have exposed them to blood-borne illnesses.

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"I know if something is already in me, it's not like I can do anything about it," said a mother who didn’t want to be identified.

The spa was shut down VIP Spa after an inspection revealed that certain practices at the spa could spread infectious diseases.

Health officials say "it's very important that anyone who received a Vampire Facial or any other injection-related service" in May or June get tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

The woman said she and her mother received the Vampire Facial, a treatment that injects a person’s own blood into their face, to improve skin health.

"Once that process is over, you get cleaned up and then the remaining blood, she gives it to you separately in a bag, so you can put it on the next two days," the woman said.

The Department of Health said it conducted the inspection after learning a client of VIP Spa developed an infection that may have resulted from a procedure performed at the spa.

The owner of VIP Spa said she’s willing to cooperate with the health official’s recommendations.

"I just talked to them today and if I have to stop doing it, or something that I have to change it, I will change it. Happily, I'll do it," said Luly Ruiz.

Ruiz said she gave the Department of Health her client list. Now, she’s also encouraging them to get tested, despite saying she always used new needles.

KOB learned the VIP Spa’s license expired back in 2013.

On Friday, the license board decide what should happen next.

People can get the health screenings for free at the Midtown Public Health Office located at 2400 Wellesley Ave NE.

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