Burnaby skincare clinic worker charged with sexual assault

Fraser Health is asking Burnaby Fab Skin Care clients who have received vaginal tightening services to get tested for sexually transmitted infections.

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Fraser Health is asking clients of a Burnaby skincare clinic to get tested for sexually transmitted infections after it was discovered the clinic was offering vaginal tightening services without proper infection control measures.

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The warning comes as Burnaby RCMP announce two charges of sexual assault with a weapon against an employee working at the clinic.

The clinic, operating as Fab Skin Care at 5481 Kingsway in Burnaby, offered high-intensity focused ultrasound vaginal tightening among its services. Fraser Health learned that the clinic was not providing the services through a licensed healthcare professional and that no infection control measures were in place.

The clinic operator was ordered to close.

“As a precaution, Fraser Health … advises people who have received this service at Fab Skin Care to see their family doctor or primary care provider as soon as possible to get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis” , the health authority said.

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People who have received this service or been treated at the clinic are advised to continue routine screenings for the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV.

The clinic was under investigation by the Burnaby RCMP. On Thursday, investigators announced that Farshad Khojsteh Kashani, a 47-year-old Fab Skin Care employee, had been charged with two counts of sexual assault with a weapon.

The investigation was opened in 2019 after a victim turned himself in to police and said he was sexually assaulted while undergoing treatment at the clinic. Last year, a second victim turned himself in to police with similar allegations.

Kashani is now prohibited from performing laser treatments while the case progresses in court.

“We are grateful to the two women who have come forward to the police, but our investigators have not ruled out that there may be other people with information that we have not yet heard of,” the official said. cap. Michel Hurtubise. “We ask anyone else with information to contact our investigators.”

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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 information about the clinic or the accused is asked to contact investigators by calling 604-646-9511.

Anyone offering intravaginal examinations or using intravaginal devices must be a registered health care professional under the British Columbia Health Professions Act.

Fraser Health also notes that STIs can be asymptomatic for long periods of time, and a positive test does not necessarily confirm that the infection occurred at that business.

For more information on STIs, visit fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/sexual-health or call 811 to speak to a public health nurse. Assistance is also available through the Fraser Health Crisis Line at 604-951-8855 or 1-800-820-7444.

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