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Two People Contracted HIV After Getting 'Vampire Facials' at a Spa


In recent years, vampire facials have become somewhat of a social media trend. The procedure has been promoted by the likes of Kim Kardashian, though she later said she regretted getting the procedure because she was pregnant at the time and couldn't take pain killers. Victoria Beckham has also undergone the procedure. 

What is a vampire facial?

The treatment includes using a person's own blood to obtain platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is obtained by spinning the blood in a centrifuge. The PRP is then injected into that person's skin using a microneedling process. According to Vanity Fair, the procedure was created by Dr. Barbara Sturm of Molecular Cosmetics.  

The treatment "is being used to improve skin tone and texture, smooth fine lines, and even promote hair growth," Joshua Zeichner, director of clinical and cosmetic research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City told Allure

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