Three women contract HIV after receiving a “vampire facial”

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Three women contract HIV after receiving a “vampire facial”

A cosmetic treatment referred to as “vampire facial” is considered a cheaper and less invasive alternative to facelifts.

However, according to a new report, the procedure can pose a significant health risk if performed in unsanitary conditions.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that three women possibly contracted human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after getting vampire facials at an unlicensed spa in New Mexico.

These cases are the first known instances of the virus being transmitted during a cosmetic injection procedure, as stated in the report by the CDC, earlier this week, CBS News reported.

According to one skin clinic, during a vampire facial, a person’s blood is drawn from their arm, and then platelets are separated out and applied to the patient’s face using microneedles.

The procedure, also called platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is claimed by proponents as helping to reduce pore size and fine lines as well as rejuvenating the skin.

However, multiple people with no known risk factors for HIV were likely infected with the virus through vampire facials at the since-closed facility, the CDC report said.

“This investigation is the first to associate HIV transmission with nonsterile cosmetic injection services,” it stated.

American media personality Kim Kardashian underwent the cosmetic procedure in 2013 but has since come out against the procedure.

According to the CDC, individuals contemplating injections for either medical or aesthetic purposes are advised to inquire about the licensure and training of a practitioner, clinic, or spa, as well as the Food and Drug Administration approval and reputable supplier of any items used.

The CDC adds that certain states have a look-up tool for licencing verification.