Back when hickeys were the biggest problem, all we had to worry about was teenagers wearing turtlenecks at weather-inappropriate times, but now we've got a whole new set of problems!
Here's what the medical advisor to Consumers Union, Dr. Orly Avitzur, had to say about this trend:
“These are kids who think they are real vampires."
More from Dr. Avitzur:
“If you think about it, there is such glamorization in those teen vampire movies, they make it seem so sexy and appealing and intriguing. It’s all mixed up with passion.”
Dr. Avitzur has referenced vampire-themed websites, where teens discuss their obsession. Here's what a
whacked-out user from one of these sites, GothicGirl10, has said about her thirst for her boyfriend's blood:
“Having that thick, warm copper-tasting blood in my mouth is the best thing I can think of! Sometimes my boyfriend lets me feed off him. I let him feed off me as well.”
Medical experts have expressed concern about the risk of teens transferring blood-borne diseases to each other, including hepatitis and HIV, as well as the risk of infection from the bite wounds.
Teenagers out there - Please don't bite each other and suck each others' blood.
It's incredibly upsetting that the request above has to even exist, but this is NOT a cool trend. At all.
What do U think of this troubling Twilight-inspired trend?
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