The Dangers of Romanticizing Vampires
It is common knowledge that every generation will have its cultures, trying to find ways to fit in… and subcultures for those who know they never will.
The popularity and romanticizing of recent books and movies has brought one subculture in particular back to the forefront… the attraction to vampires.
This in no way is meant to offend or condemn the societies of Sanguinarian vampires (those who drink blood) or Psychic vampires (who feed off energy) that exist in groups that remain, for the most part, private. However, there is an alarming trend of young people biting each other that is in no way supported by any of these groups… a trend that poses serious health risks.
Vampire Fantasies and Biting
It has recently come to the attention of several media outlets that many of the younger fans of the vampire lifestyle have resorted to bringing their fantasies to life by biting whoever they happen to be with at the time.
This biting is often done with the intention of breaking the skin and drawing blood. It’s a way for couples to proclaim their “territory”, however it is not exclusive to romantic attachments. In many cases, friends are biting friends… and the more bites someone has, the more people they “belong” to.
This fantasy in and of itself is disturbing… however even more dangerous is the diseases that can be spread from breaking the skin with a human bite.
Our mouths are loaded with bacteria under the best of circumstances, and this bacteria can easily be transmitted into the bloodstream through a bite. It goes beyond “daring to be different”… and it can cause permanent damage.
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Human Bites and Infections
According to medical reports, human bites become infected around 10 or 15% of the time, and the infections incurred can be serious…and yes, fatal. The biting that is done goes beyond the average “hickey” and breaks the skin, thus increasing the chance of blood-borne infections and even viruses such as Hepatitis B and more rarely, HIV. Infections such as Staphylococcus aureus and E corrodens are very common with human bites.
Many of these infections can be cured with antibiotics, however there are more resilient strains that exist now, possibly because of the over-use of those antibiotics. Many staph infections now are methicillin resistant (classified as MRSA) and must be aggressively treated as soon as possible. The infection starts out as a small bump or boil…and grows, destroying skin and muscle tissue with it. Worst case scenarios involve amputation or removal of the limb affected… worse still is death. People die from untreated staph infections, and because of the resilience, they are still the number one concern in hospitals and other medical care facilities.
If You Have Been Bitten
If you have been bitten and redness or pus is present, see a doctor immediately. As far as home treatment…it cannot be stressed enough that home treatment in this case can be very dangerous. If you can’t get to the doctor right away, wash the wound in soap and water and keep it clean and dry. Don’t use peroxide or betadine unless it has been diluted with water. These antiseptics can also eat away at the skin and tissue when used full strength. Antibiotic ointments can be helpful, but they are NOT meant to be used as a cure.
There is a quite obvious concern for the disease and infection that can happen when people bite each other. It can be argued that this is not a lot different from getting hickeys or love marks from sucking on a persons skin. That in and of itself has never been the healthiest of practices… however there is a much bigger risk in actually biting down. Whether the intent is to break the skin or not…it can and does happen.
The mindset that it is somehow validating to have many of these bites or that couples who bite each other have an all-consuming passionate love that will endure is equally disconcerting. In the confusing time of youth, one is trying to find their own individuality, and yet urgently needing to belong. The vampire subculture can seem very attractive to someone who is in this state of flux… but the fact is, many of the practices done by people acting out this role are not only dangerous, it is giving a very distorted message of love and what it means to be close to someone.
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Vampire Shock Value and Non Conformity
Shock value tactics have been practiced for years from people wanting to scream their non-conformity. In the late seventies and early eighties it was putting safety pins and metal objects through the skin to emulate the punk scene.
Then it was the mosh pit scene of people dancing in mobs, pushing and shoving each other to the point of physical injury. These types of activities have the effect of showing to the world “badges of courage”.
As time goes on, the methods of voluntarily injuring oneself have continued to evolve and get more dangerous… and the need to be an individual and still belong remains.
Hollywood has done a very good job of romanticizing the vampire subculture. Its inaccuracies and dramatic licenses have had a strong effect on how the reality of it is perceived. The reality is, if vampires do exist, they are not biting their friends and partners on Youtube for the world to see. They are not advocating that anyone else do so. These public displays are doing nothing but continuing misconceptions and giving another avenue for diseases to spread… period.
EVERYONE should want their life to mean more than that.
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Comments I have Received on this Article:
Ariana -Thats is very interesting information. The thought of someone biting me or me biting someone makes me sick. To me that is just ignorant what people (most likely teenagers) do to each other! But anyway that is quite a read.
Shilo - Whoa…Don’t diss the teens man. I think this is only in a certain area because not a single person I know (I know a lot of people, meet new ones every day ;D) has been bitten or biting other humans…or animals…they get bitten by animals though…sooo this is nice information to know though and if some how one of my buddies gets this odd fetish I’ll let them in on the info. Thanks!
Vampire Truth or Myth - Shilo – this is NOT about “dissing” anybody. It is a serious warning and message and although it may not be a popular thing in your area, or at least one that you are not aware of, it doesn’t mean that it does not happen.
Devante Evans - vampir truth admin why would you say that hvave anything like this ever happen to you
Vampire Truth or Myth - No, I have not but why would a person need to experience it before they could know this is true and has happened to many other people? The “message” on this page is for those people out there who may face a situation like this (AND there are many many of them out there).
Aquamarine - I agree. It’s like saying that suicide doesn’t exist because you’ve never seen it happen in your town. The same way with this. It’s not a diss. It’s a warning to people who this might affect.
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