Women Contract HIV After Using Controversial Cosmetic Procedure

In a heart-warming turn of events, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that four middle-aged women who were infected with HIV while receiving ‘vampire facials’ at a spa in New Mexico are doing well. This marks the first known cases of HIV transmission through cosmetic injection. The CDC’s official statement gives hope to the many who were impacted by this tragic event.

The women, aged between 40 and 60 years, all received the popular ‘vampire facials’ at VIP Beauty Salon and Spa in Albuquerque. This procedure involves extracting blood from one’s own body and injecting it into the face in hopes of rejuvenating the skin. It gained popularity after celebrities like Kim Kardashian shared their experiences in 2013.

However, the spa was closed in 2018 after an investigation revealed several alarming health code violations. This included unwrapped needles scattered around the salon, blood being dumped in the kitchen sink, and unlabeled syringes placed next to food in the refrigerator.

It was also discovered that the owner of the spa, Maria Ramos de Ruiz, had an expired cosmetologist license and was practicing medicine without a license.

The first case was reported in 2018, when a woman tested positive for HIV after receiving a vampire facial. She had no history of injectable drug use, blood transfusions, or sexual contact with someone with HIV. Two more women who received vampire facials at the spa were also diagnosed with the virus in 2019 and 2023 respectively.

A separate woman and man also tested positive for HIV, with the woman contracting it through a vampire facial and the man through sexual contact with her.

The investigation by the CDC and New Mexico Department of Health found that up to 59 spa attendees may have been exposed to HIV, with 20 receiving vampire facials. However, it’s a relief to know that the four women infected with HIV are doing well and receiving proper treatment. The news of their recovery brings comfort to those who were impacted by this unfortunate event.

In June 2022, Maria Ramos de Ruiz pleaded guilty to five felony counts of practicing medicine without a license and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. She is currently serving her sentence at Springer Correctional Center. This just goes to show that justice has been served and those responsible for causing harm are being held accountable.

The closure of VIP Beauty Salon and Spa has not only brought justice but also ensures the safety of future clients. Health code violations are a serious concern, and it’s reassuring to see the authorities taking the necessary steps to prevent further harm. The closure also serves as a warning to other establishments to adhere to proper health and safety protocols.

The CDC’s statement is a reminder that HIV is a serious virus, but with proper treatment and care, those affected can lead fulfilling lives. It also highlights the importance of ensuring that all medical procedures are performed by licensed professionals in a safe and sterile environment.

Daily Mail


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