“Vampire Facial” Salon Owner Faces 24 Felony Charges After HIV Cases

“Vampire Facial” Salon Owner Faces 24 Felony Charges After HIV Cases

The New Mexico Attorney General’s office filed 24 felony charges against the former owner of VIP Salon, where at least two clients tested positive for HIV after undergoing a cosmetic procedure nicknamed the vampire facial in 2018. Also called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, the procedure is not a mode of HIV transmission when performed properly. That led to the 24 indictments filed April 19, according to a press release from Attorney General Hector Balderas. “Individuals who jeopardize the health and safety of New Mexican families must be held accountable,” said Balderas in the press release, which includes copies of the indictments. Consumers should ask questions of providers of PRP therapy or “Vampire Facials” prior to undergoing the procedure.

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