Other Risks of Blood-drinking

Written by: Sarasvati
Link to original: http://sarasvati.sanguinarius.org/oblbrsk.htm

Besides the obvious (I hope) risk of becoming infected with a Blood-Borne Disease there are other risks involved, both mental and physical, to your and your donor that you definitely should be aware of. Those wishing to be "turned" especially should take note of these two pages.

To get the blood you need there are pretty much only three ways to do so: Cut another human being (donor), via menstruated blood, or via blood from a slaughter house. And the physical risks vary with each as well. The common factor being there is no way to procure and drink blood that is completely risk-free.

What goes for sex applies here to, the only true safety is to abstain. But, that aside, what are the risks behind each one?

Warning! The information below is not pretty nor glamorous, and I would not recommend eating anything while reading. It is, however, the truth which you as drinker, donor, or interested party should very much be aware of.

Physical Risks

Donor Blood

Blood procured from another human being via a wound either made or already existing on the body.

To the donor is the obvious risk of the wound, if not cleaned properly before and after drinking it can easily become infected. The human mouth is far from the cleanest thing on this planet. The bacteria can cause abscesses (pus filled pockets) at the least and motor paralysis at the other extreme if the cut is close to a nerve that becomes infected. This can be avoided somewhat by cleaning the wound very well before and after drinking with some isopropal alcohol, bactine disinfectant and a little hydrogen peroxide. The wound should also be treated against scarring (Vitamin E creams help this somewhat) and bandaged for at least a day to keep out infection. Even all of this, though, is not a fool proof preventative.

Also to the donor is the risk of cutting at the wrong point. A person inexperienced in physiology can cut wrong sever a nerve or major vessel in no time flat. Nerves do not regenerate and thus, once severed, can cause paralysis, loss of feeling and eventually a possible loss of limb. Major blood vessels are large enough that they do not quickly clot. Yes, you will have more blood then you (the drinker) know what to do with, but your donor will also be at great risk for bleeding to death... try explaining THAT to the ER nurse.

To the drinker is the risk of drinking too much (yes, this can be done). This can result in Iron over dose, (possibly) Toxic Porphyria, and bloody stools. Moderation should always be the key. You may want to drink two or three times a week, but it is far better to limit yourself to what you need. This cuts back on all the above mentioned problems to you and your donor.

Though possibly falling somewhat under blood-borne disease, it is probably better mentioned here. That of the risk of drug interactions through your donors blood. In a world where everything is treated by a medication, chances are pretty good that at some point your donor will be taking a medication, or possibly even an illegal drug. Both of these drugs can cause allergic reactions in people. "But, I (the drinker) am not taking the drug, my donor is" you might argue... in blood you are getting whatever it is that your donor is taking. Medications and drugs do not just magically appear to the area where they are needed, they circulate in the body for extended periods of time. If you have never had contact with these medications or drugs, you may not know you have allergies until it is too late. Penicillin reactions can, and do, result in death, and that is just a single drug. One must also take into account drug interactions if both you and your donor are taking medications. People in general are seldom aware of the possibility of one drug interacting with another in the body, usually with adverse effects. Illegal/legal drug interactions can cause this same adverse reactions, often with even greater irregularity due to the inconsistency of illegal drugs. Drug interactions can result in anything from minor stomach upset to death. Obvious a very great risk, but one that is completely avoidable with a little forethought.

Menstrual Blood

Blood from a menstrating woman.

This method does mostly eliminate the hazard of creating a wound, but the possibility of infection is still present because of the unclean and bacteria ridden nature of the human mouth. To the donor it can result in pyrometriosis... a rather nasty, smelly, and painful infection of the uterus which results in it being filled with infected pus. Treatable through leutalyse injection (causes contraction of the uterus and expulsion of the infection) with side effects of nausea and diarrhea. Not all people respond to the injections either so, more commonly, hysterectomy is the recommended treatment. Neither treatment falls under the category of "cheap, easy, and painless". The disease also often causes future infertility. Infection of the cervix, oviducts, and all other parts of the reproductive and, actually, this can extend to the bladder and kidneys as well. Sound disgusting? You bet, but it is a very real risk. Cervical and uterine infections both increase the risk of future uterine or cervical cancer as well.

There are also some STDs while not blood-borne, can become problems for the drinker when taking drink in this method. To mind first comes Herpes, which if infected to the mouth can cause infectious cold-sores. Also Candidia (a type of yeast) while normally present near the female reproductive tract is not a common oral bacteria and can cause the tongue to swell and a white growth in the mouth. Candidia is a curable infection, Herpes as yet is not. Other STDs are also a risk, but are discussed more on the Blood-Borne Disease page.

And here is a rather nasty one I bet you had not considered... worms. Hookworms, flatworms, heartworms and other such parasites are everywhere. Usually we don't think of it because of the nice, clean, sterile world around us but they are still a present part in our society. Often traveling fecal-oral routes... and, nasty but true, if you are drinking menstrual blood, you are very near the anus where eggs of these parasites can be found. All can cause digestive problems in the least, and heart worms live in the blood vessels, choking the heart eventually causing death if not noticed and treated.

Slaughter House Blood

Blood procured from the slaughter of food animals.

First of all, in some states it is illegal for the butcher to sell blood for consumption. That right there should clue you in that it is not a particularly safe practice. Even domestic animals can carry cross-species infectious disease as well as the risk of those diseases often associated with spoiled food (such as salmonella). If the slaughter process is sloppy, partially digested animal food-stuffs can contaminate the blood. This partially digested food is just loaded with bacteria, some of which our body has no clue how to work with. The meat can be rinsed and washed of these bacteria but one cannot do the same with the blood.

Along similar lines is the risk of a sloppy slaughter resulting in prion contamination of the blood. Prions are infectious protiens that cause "Mad-Cow Disease" among others... Kuru, Krutsfield-Jackob (more genetic), Scrapie (in sheep) and a multitude of wasting diseases. Generally, the protein only resides in neuronal tissue (brain, spinal cord, etc) but sloppy butchering can cause contamination. The prion its self causes mutation of the bodies natural brain protiens to a non-digestible form. The protiens build up in the cells and causes lysis (breakage) and cell death. This eventually leads to "spongioform encephalopathy" (spongy brain) where you brain is riddled with holes and you begin to mentally degenerate. Not pleasant. More information on risks of animal blood can be found here.

Mental Risks

These are risks that while not physically showable, often arise, either ethically, religiously, or morally. In general, drinking blood is hard on the mind. It's not a "normal human" thing to do. It can cause depression from loneliness, ostricization by friends, loss of loved ones, mental anguish at the pain caused to others (either physically or emotionally), and an "outsider" feeling. For some, this isn't a big deal. Some are more loners by nature then others, but for a majority we need companionship and friends we can talk to and relate with. Ethically, we often find ourselves look at "is it right" or "is there a true justification behind what I am doing". These are questions you have to answer for yourself, and not easy ones either. You alone can make that decision for you. Other situations will come up in your life where there may be no right answer, where you have to weigh options... this is normal, welcome to real life. For us though we wind up often in much larger holes. Can you deal with the guilt of looking at a friend bleeding and thinking of drinking before you think of helping? Can your mind survive having to realize day in and day out that no matter how big a crowd you are in, you are most likely alone? Sometimes it is better to be human, and be like everyone else... "{vampire}I want to learn how to turn a human into a vampire {Response by human}Only if you will teach me to turn a vampire into a human." (From Sanguinarius's Vampiric Community Board) It's a one way street, people, once you are here, you can't go back. It is much better for you to simply look down the road, and then walk on...