“Vampire Facials” at unlicensed spa infected 3 with HIV, CDC says

"Vampire Facials" at unlicensed spa infected 3 with HIV, CDC says

A cosmetic process known as a “vampire facial” is considered to be a more affordable and less invasive option than getting a facelift, but the process can be a serious health hazard if done in unsanitary conditions, according to a new report.

That proved to be the case for three women who likely contracted HIV from receiving vampire facials at an unlicensed spa in New Mexico, making the first known cases of the virus being transmitted during a cosmetic injection procedure, according to the findings published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


International Sharps Injury Prevention Society Welcomes HTL-Strefa as Corporate Member for Global Immunization Week

International Sharps Injury Prevention Society Welcomes HTL-Strefa as Corporate Member for Global Immunization Week

[Spanish Fork, UT,  4/26/2024 –


The International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) is proud to announce HTL-Strefa, a company of the MTD Group (Medical Technology and Devices), as our latest corporate member. Both organizations are celebrating Global Immunization Week to highlight the critical role of vaccinations in enhancing public health. In the last 50 years, immunization has decreased infant mortality by 40%. This means more children now reach their 5th birthday than ever before in human history. Celebrate and protect this incredible achievement. A healthier world is #HumanlyPossible. 

Vaccination campaigns are conducted across the US in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies. Following the latest CDC guidelines, co-administration of vaccines, such as the Flu and COVID-19 booster, is encouraged at the same visit to improve coverage.

While increased vaccination rates contribute significantly to global health improvements, healthcare providers continue to face challenges such as potential blood pathogen exposure and needlestick injuries (NSI) due to improper handling of safety mechanisms post-injection.

Introducing the DropSafe® Immunization Safety Suite by HTL-Strefa

To enhance the safety of those administering vaccinations, HTL-Strefa is excited to introduce the DropSafe® Immunization Safety Suite. This suite includes a selection of top-quality products designed to ensure the safety of healthcare providers during immunizations.

Featured Products:

  • DropSafe® Sicura™ Passive Safety Needle: Launched in North America in 2023, this needle is the first to offer a fully passive safety mechanism. It features a transparent shield that locks automatically post-injection, eliminating additional steps for the clinician. This product is manufactured in HTL-Strefa’s European facility under strict quality controls. For more information and to see a demonstration, visit our product page.
  • DropSafe Inject-Safe Barrier Bandage: This innovative pre-injection bandage provides a physical barrier that protects healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne pathogens post-injection. It is designed to be used during various immunization programs and is increasingly adopted by leading healthcare providers including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Rite Aid, and US VA Hospitals. For more detailed information about HTL-Strefa’s efforts to protect healthcare professionals and to explore more about the DropSafe® Immunization Safety Suite, please visit HTL-Strefa’s ISIPS page or our main website at www.DropSafe.info.

Together, ISIPS and HTL-Strefa are dedicated to advancing health and safety standards across the healthcare industry, ensuring that healthcare workers are protected so they can continue to serve communities effectively.

Ron Stoker
Executive Director

HTL-Strefa, Inc.
Website: www.DropSafe.info
Email: info@dropsafe.info
Phone: + 1.770.528.0410