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The Dangers of Romanticizing Vampires

Updated on December 10, 2019

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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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.

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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.

Thank You Angela Sangster

Thanks goes to Angela Sangster for her awesome help on this page!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      Kimberly McCreary 

      12 months ago

      This information is important to remember, but I do have to say I do know of real life vampires and their secrets, it has been to long and now I believe it is time. It is time to spill the beans on a hidden society even though some have come out of the shadows. There is much to learn about vampires with some pretending to be one and those that prole the vampire parties some fake vampires attend. Bitting unsuspected vampire party goers; can you imagine being bitten by a real vampire and not knowing it. There is a real danger to knowing such secrets; I know I'm living it and is guarded and protected against them because of what I know. It is time though to tell the truth about them and that is exactly what I'm going to do.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This hub is particularly relevant to me at the moment because I am in the middle of reading "Violets Are Blue' a novel by james Patterson. The killers in this novel are modern day (self proclaimed) vampires. The novel refers to the existence of special clubs for vampires, where people have even had their teeth filed and fitted with pointed caps to resemble fangs. Interesting good read.

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      Count dracula 

      7 years ago

      I'm a vampire and i just can't resist biting and drinking blood!

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      Ghost Queen 

      7 years ago

      Actully what what i am thinking is do the vampires have a queen? Because once when my tooth was going to brake little blood came out and when i tasted,it was sweet and also my birth mark is on my neck! Exactly situated where vampires are known to bite!

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      7 years ago

      I find Vampires very interesting. Rather they exist or not I am sure we will never truly know. If they do exist I would imagine they would be very wise and noble depending on their age. Of course there are plenty of movies and books describing these fascinating creatures. some of which I have enjoyed others not so much but the thought of Vampires being among us has always been a part of me. I do however find that these people who are "biting" one another to endeavor in their fantasies are very childish and nieve.

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      7 years ago

      it was so interesting. we wanted to know this because uor life is so mejical !!!

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      8 years ago

      I knew there was a reason why I hate vampire movies. I knew they were real but I had no idea that they were actual vampires. For example I had a few x girlfriends that I thought were vampires because they tried to drain me of all life. So do you have any information on garlic or holy water. Is there going to be a rise in the number of people being stabbed by stakes or what. Remember the heart is off to the left of the center of the chest and not in the middle. Think how bad it would be if you hit the wrong spot before you get devoured.

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      Obsidian Drift 

      8 years ago from River City

      Interesting article about the dangers of this emerging sub-culture. But I have a different take on it.

      I am soon writing an article that will go in depth into explaining this emerging culture of those who believe they are "Real World Vampires"....there are three main types of real world vampires, Psychic Vampires (those who feed of energy of those around them), sanguine (those who have desperate need or desire to drink another's blood...this is usually done by a willing donor and under strict safety precautions...if you read into the subject real world Vampire houses or meet someone who practices this you will see that it is a medical condition, known as Renfield's Syndrome. There are also Tantric Vampires (which feed off sexual energy), Emotional Vampires and various combinations of the above. Yes practices can be dangerous, but the community is very real, very much out there, and should be researched and understood more before being dismissed as simply dangerous. Many things are dangerous, but that doesn't mean that people will stop or that it will simply go away. If something is happening in our society it should be looked into and researched, and perhaps be given a chance to understand the minds of those who have these beliefs and practices. it is one thing to educate about danger, but before you educate about danger, you need to educate about the culture itself. That being said, I liked your writing and article. There are two sides to this pendulum.

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      8 years ago

      I've seen lots of different vampires in movies and in books. What are the real vampires like?

    • kentuckyslone profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you nighthag, Tim and others for your comments. Much appreciated!

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      K.A.E Grove 

      8 years ago from Australia

      I am always fascinated when I read your pages and this was no exception

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      8 years ago

      So many people don't realize in the world of occultism or satanism drinking blood is so commen but what I find so sad is most young people and adults don't seem to realize that theres a strong connection between vampires and satanism.Getting involved in vampires is much more intense and evil than some can imagine because in several states now kids have commited murder claiming that satan said they need blood to survive.So to keep your self safe and mentalley safe please don't get involved at all because I am trying to help many get free from demonic powers.

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      Daisy Fabelo 

      8 years ago from Orlando Florida

      wow great stuff, I will so come back and reread ur hub

      n if u don't mind I'll be sharing it with my fans... Ur hub is intense n full of info. I am a hardcore vampire fan (don't drink blood LOL) I can see the yearning younger individuals might see in that sort of thing but vampires r vampires and humans that drink blood, yuck!!!!!!

      Thanx for the hub!!!

      awesome work.

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      8 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice hub that is filled with interesting stories.i cant really imagine a normal human being romancing a vampire,i think is really crazy, nice hub and thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Another excellent job and a topic that I have been waiting for. After reading what some young people are doing doing these days....emulating Vampires...all I could do was think - "Don't they know how dangerous that is?" Obviously they don't! Unfortunately even if they read about the dangers most won't believe it, until they experience it for themselves.



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