Teenagers inspired by the vampire movies have been sucking blood
Teenagers embarking on a vampire biting trend sparked by the success of the Twilight movies have received a warning from health officials.
Some US teens are reportedly biting their partners to draw blood, before sucking it.
This has worried medical experts, who claim the practice carries with it a risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV.
Dr Thomas Abshire, a paediatric blood and cancer specialist and spokesperson for the American Academy of Paediatrics, said, “If you break the skin, your mouth is pretty dirty. The human mouth flora is dirtier than a dog or cat’s.”
Medical advisor to Consumer Reports magazine Dr Orley Avitzur added: “These are kids who think they are real vampires.”
Avitzur has spent months studying the trend online, and is in no doubt that the craze is due to the huge success of the Twilight movies.
He continued: “If you think about it, there is such glamorisation in those teen vampire movies, they make it seem so sexy and appealing and intriguing. It’s all mixed up with passion.”