HOUSTON, Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Patrons of VIP Spa, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are being asked by public health officials to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
Clients are particularly urged to seek out testing if they underwent an injection-related procedure between May and June 2018.
STDcheck.com will extend free testing to all who have visited VIP Spa. All that is required is that customers call STDcheck.com and inform a representative that they were a patron of VIP Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The caller will then receive free and confidential testing for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
Among VIP Spa's injection-related procedures is the infamous "Vampire Facial." This facial requires a needle to come in direct contact with the patient's blood, which is extracted from the body, and then re-injected into the face.
"The risk of infection using blood products is greater than using sterile injectables," states New York City-based plastic surgeon Michelle Copeland, M.D. "It's not a closed syringe, so there is a risk when transferring the product from one tube to another."
The New Mexico Department of Health has commented on how alarmed they were at the storage, handling, and disposing process which VIP Spa had in place for procedural needles.
"There is a common misconception that STDs are only transmitted through sexual activities. This is simply not the case. STDs like HIV and Hepatitis can be contracted by coming into contact with any bodily fluids. STDcheck.com hopes that spa clients everywhere will take this chance to educate themselves on the dangers of contracting STDs through unsanitized or untested beauty trends," said Fiyazz Pirani, founder and CEO of STDcheck.com.
The NMDOH shut down VIP Spa soon after a spa client reported an infection.
"There could still be other spas that are putting clients at risk. If you feel that you have been affected by unsafe needle use, STDcheck.com encourages you to get tested for blood-borne infections, including specific STDs," said Pirani.
STDcheck.com is a direct to consumer lab testing company that offers 100% confidential STD testing, with over 4,500 Testing Centers Nationwide. Those that test positive with STDcheck.com are eligible for an over the phone doctor consultation, where the patient is then able to be prescribed medication.