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Identification of HIV Cases Transmitted by Cosmetic Needles

CDC: identified 1st case of HIV transmitted through cosmetic needles.

CDC says it’s identified 1st documented cases of HIV transmitted through cosmetic needles. Three women diagnosed with HIV after undergoing a “vampire facial” treatment at an unlicensed medical spa in New Mexico are the first documented cases of people contracting the virus through cosmetic procedures, federal health officials said.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its Morbidity and Mortality Report that inspections of clinics from 2018 to 2023 found that it reused single-use disposable devices.

The paper states that this is the first record of possible infection through a cosmetic procedure, although transmission of HIV from contaminated blood through non-sterile injections is a concern.

Needles are used in many common cosmetic procedures, such as Botox to smooth out wrinkles and fillers to enhance lip volume. During a platelet-rich plasma microneedling technique, sometimes known as a “vampire facial,” a client’s blood is drawn, its components are separated, and then the plasma is injected into the face using small needles to rejuvenate the skin. Needles are also needed for tattoos.

The New Mexico Department of Health initiated an inquiry into the spa during the summer of 2018 following notification that a woman in her 40s had tested positive for HIV despite lacking any identified risk factors. The woman indicated exposure to needles during the clinic procedure in the preceding spring.

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