"We cannot allow more people to fall victim."
A criminal investigation has been launched after two people contracted HIV after "vampire facials".
New Mexico State Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a warning against the procedure, which is completely unregulated.
The so-called vampire facial, a form of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, was made famous when Kim Kardashian underwent the treatment in 2013, posting the jarring image of her face covered in blood afterwards. Kardashian has no involvement in the criminal investigation nor does she have any connection to the affected parties.
Last year, another establishment offering the service (different from where Kardashian received her facial), the VIP Spa in Albuquerque, was shut down after two patients subsequently tested positive for the AIDS-causing virus. The Department of Health shut it down after discovering unsafe practices; subsequent tests had found two patients had contracted the same HIV virus.
"I am highly concerned that these procedures are not being regulated at the State and Federal level and am announcing a criminal investigation into this incident," Balderas said.
"In addition, I am calling for action by the FDA and State Attorneys General across the nation. We cannot allow more people to fall victim."
After the alert was initially raised, 130 more terrified patients came forward to get tested, although only two cases of HIV were confirmed.
PRP is performed by withdrawing a patient's blood, running it through a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma, and reinjecting the latter back into the patient.
It is used for a variety of bone and muscle injuries, and is even sometimes injected into the vagina supposedly to improve orgasms, though clinical evidence to support any of these claims is lacking.
The vampire facial sees the blood injected back into the face, supposedly for anti-ageing effects, and has recently seen an upsurge in interest thanks to celebrity endorsements.
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