Health Law Highlights

Three Women Contract HIV From Dirty “Vampire Facials” at Unlicensed Med Spa

Summary of article from Ars Technica, by Beth Mole:

Unlicensed cosmetic procedures at a med spa have been linked to an outbreak of HIV, marking the first time cosmetic treatments have been associated with such an outbreak. At least three women who underwent “vampire facials”, a treatment involving the injection of a patient’s own platelet-rich plasma into their face, at the unregulated VIP Spa, tested positive for HIV. The spa, which had poor hygiene standards and reused disposable equipment, was shut down in 2018 and the owner was later convicted for practicing medicine without a license. Investigators tested nearly 200 other spa clients for HIV and found a total of five infections linked to the facility. The report highlights the importance of identifying potential novel sources of HIV transmission among people with no known risk factors.