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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has highlighted a concerning association between HIV infections and a cosmetic procedure known as "vampire facials." 

Three women are believed to have contracted HIV after undergoing these facials at an unlicensed spa in New Mexico, according to a report by the CDC.

The CDC's investigation revealed that the women in question tested positive for HIV after receiving vampire facials, a procedure that involves drawing blood from the patient, processing it to separate platelets, and then reinjecting the platelet-rich plasma into the face. 

This procedure came into the spotlight following endorsements by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian on social media. 

However, Kardashian has since expressed regret for undergoing the procedure and stated that she will not repeat it in the future.

The cases documented in the report marked the first known instances of HIV transmission during a non-sterile cosmetic injection procedure. 

The investigation focused on an unlicensed spa, referred to as "Spa A" in the report, where these procedures were conducted. 

Although the specific source of contamination remains unidentified, the CDC's report stressed the importance of maintaining strict infection control protocols in cosmetic facilities.

This development has raised concerns within the medical community about the potential risks associated with cosmetic injections and the importance of ensuring safety and hygiene standards in all medical and cosmetic practices.

The investigation monitored both present and past clients of spa A who were diagnosed with HIV between 2018 and 2023. It flagged 59 clients as being potentially exposed to HIV.