Fraser Health is advising members of the public who received high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) vaginal tightening services from a business operating as Fab Skin Care, located at 5481 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C., to seek screening for sexual transmitted infections immediately.

Fraser Health Public Health was made aware that this business was not providing these services through a registered health professional and was not using appropriate infection control measures while providing these services. Fraser Health Public Health has ordered the operator to cease performing these activities and is monitoring compliance with this order.

As a precaution, Fraser Health Public Health is advising people who received this service at Fab Skin Care to visit their family physician or primary care provider as soon as possible to be screened for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In addition, Public Health recommends these individuals continue to receive routine screening for human papillomavirus (HPV).

Members of the public should be aware that, under the BC Health Professions Act, only certain registered health professionals may perform services involving intravaginal devices or intravaginal examinations. If a personal service establishment is using intravaginal devices, ask if their services are performed by a registered health professional.

Sexually transmitted infections may also be asymptomatic for long periods of time. As such, a positive test result on screening does not necessarily indicate association with the service performed at this business.

While awaiting test results, individuals should take steps to prevent potential exposure of others, including wearing a condom when having sex.

For more information on sexual transmitted infections please go to our website or call 8-1-1 for questions about your health or to speak with a Public Health nurse. This may be upsetting information for some individuals.

If you are distressed, or worried about someone else, please call the Fraser Health Crisis Line at 604-951-8855 or 1-800-820-7444.

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