Fraser Health is asking clients of a Burnaby skin-care clinic to get tested for sexually transmitted infections after it was found that the clinic was offering vaginal-tightening services without appropriate infection control measures.
The warning comes as the Burnaby RCMP announced two charges of sexual assault with a weapon against an employee working at the clinic.
The clinic, operating as Fab Skin Care out of 5481 Kingsway in Burnaby, had been offering high-intensity focused-ultrasound vaginal tightening among its services. Fraser Health learned that the clinic wasn’t offering the services through a registered health professional and that no infection-control measures were in place.
The clinic operator was ordered to shut down.
“As a precaution, Fraser 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,” said the health authority.
Individuals who received this service or had treatment at the clinic are advised to continue with routine screenings for human papillomavirus, commonly called HPV.
The clinic had been under investigation by the Burnaby RCMP. On Thursday, investigators announced Farshad Khojsteh Kashani, a 47-year-old employee at Fab Skin Care, had been charged with two counts of sexual assault with a weapon.
The investigation was launched in 2019 after a victim went to police and said she had been sexually assaulted during a treatment at the clinic. Last year, a second victim went to police with similar allegations.
Kashani is now prohibited from performing any laser treatments as the case makes its way through court.
“We are grateful to the two women who came forward to police, but our investigators haven’t ruled out that there could be other people with information who we have not yet heard from,” said Cpl. Michelle Hurtubise. “We are appealing for anyone else with information to contact our investigators.”
A website for the clinic at fablaserandskincare.com is now listed as being under “maintenance,” while a Google business listing for that address is now associated with “Wellness Skincare.”
Anyone with info about the clinic or the accused is asked to contact investigators by calling 604-646-9511.
Anyone offering intravaginal exams or using intravaginal devices must be registered health professionals, according to the B.C. Health Professions Act.
Fraser Health also notes that STIs can be asymptomatic for long periods and that a positive test doesn’t necessarily confirm infection took place at this business.
For more information on STIs, visit fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/sexual-health or call 811 to speak with a public health nurse. Support is also available via the Fraser Health crisis line at 604-951-8855 or 1-800-820-7444.
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