Love Bites: Vampire Craze Inspires Teen Biting Trend

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Fans of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries can't get enough of the vampire craze, but they may be taking their love of the supernatural beings a little too far. A new trend shows that teens are now biting each other to show their love and affection.

"It's a way to belong to somebody, and mark their territory," high school sophomore Pao Hernandez tells CBS News. But the act also implies that someone else owns or possesses you, which isn't part of being in a healthy relationship. In fact, marking someone can be considered a form of physical abuse.

Also, when the bites are hard enough to draw blood, the trend can be a dangerous one. "This is kind of the modern day version of the hickey, but we have to remember, any time there's a break in the skin, especially when you're talking about the human mouth, it's loaded with bacteria," CBS correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton says. "That can be an entry for bacteria to get into the skin. You can set up for potentially some serious skin infections."
Being a fan of the Cullens is one thing, but biting another human being is another. When redness, swelling and pus could take over your open wound, sinking your teeth into someone isn't the healthiest way to show you care. What do you think? Is the biting trend harmless or harmful? %Poll-49237%

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