LO-ren Ishii (hitokoe) wrote in little_details,
LO-ren Ishii
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I need the bloody truth!

Would a modern-day vampire be suspect to HIV/AIDS through feeding? Would HIV/AIDS even really matter to a vampire, since their blood supply is regularly replenished?* Has this idea been used before?

Any and all insight into this matter is much appreciated. Thanks.

(Great comm, btw. This sort of thing is really useful/nifty/cool/other adjectives to that effect.)

*ETA: What I mean by this is that the HIV virus attacks the helper T-cells, which are red white blood cells that "warn" the immune system of disease. If the vampires are constantly ingesting new blood, then wouldn't they get more T-cells each time? More than the virus would be able to keep up with? I'm a little fuzzy here, too.

ETA Numero Dos: It might just be me, but I find it wicked hard to wrap my brain around the "they're dead, so they have no immune system" idea. I mean, they have a (somewhat) functioning circulatory system and those two are, like, whoa!intertwined. I am, admittedly, somewhat new to the vampire mythology. (And a little bit overwhelmed.) I'm rather liking the idea of vampirism as a disease, but the thought of them as carriers and infecting their victims seems kind of neat, too.
Tags: ~medicine: illnesses: hiv/aids, ~vampires witches and werewolves oh my
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