There's a large portion of the human race who will do just about anything in the name of beauty.
Inject toxins into their bodies to have tighter skin? Check. Freeze their fat instead of making changes to their exercise and dietary habits? Check. But injecting your own blood back into your face even though there's a slight risk of contracting infections such as HIV or Hepatitis B and C?
That last part sounds made up, right? Well, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
For the better part of the last decade, people have been going to spas across the globe to undergo applications of platelet-rich plasma, or commonly called "Vampire Facials," which, according to beauty site Allure can help stimulate cell turnover and result in better skin. The procedure consists of drawing blood from the patient, taking components from the blood, and then injecting those components back into the patient's face.
But instead of leaving with refreshed skin, patients at one New Mexico spa are now left with the possibility of contracting several infectious diseases, including Hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV.
According to CBS/Foxaffiliate KRQE in Albuquerque, NM, the state Department of Public Health is now encouraging patients who underwent "vampire facials" at the VIP Spa to go get tested for a number of infectious bloodborne diseases.
KRQE is reporting that the Department of Public Health and New Mexico Board of Cosmetology conducted a search of the spa in early September, where "they discovered practices at the spa could spread blood-borne infections such as HIV and hepatitis B and C."
Department of Public Health Epidemiologist, Dr. Michael Lande, who was part of the team of inspectors was quoted as saying, "We undertook the inspection because a client of the VIP Spa developed an infection that may have resulted from a procedure performed at the spa."
The spa has been closed since the September search, as health officials attempt to assess just how severe it might be.
One former patient, whose name was withheld by KRQE, told the news station that they were disgusted by the news.
"Honestly, it made me sick to my stomach right away. Just everything starts coming to mind. The regrets, not knowing that you trusted someone so much. You just pretty much trust that everything was going to be fine," said the former customer of VIP Spa.
Health officials ask that anyone who underwent the procedure at the facility - especially between May and June of this year - immediately undergo testing.
Ever since the story broke, "vampire facials" have become a hot topic on Twitter and other social media platforms, where people have been questioning why people would undergo such a procedure, why we shouldn't be too afraid of it, and some just want to have a little fun.
Take a look for yourself, and make sure to sound off in the comments below.
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