Kids just love their vampires these days.
If you've been to the movies, a bookstore or even turned on the TV lately, you've probably seen some fanged creature engaging in its own form of penetration.
Apart from the D.C. bloodsuckers who drain our bank accounts, vampires aren't real -- but that hasn't stopped young girls and their pale, wimpy boyfriends from playing a dangerous game of make-believe.
You see, some youths love their fictional vampires so much that they're playing Dracula for real. They're actually biting each other so hard that they break the skin, and then they lick or suck up the blood.
I could make an off-color joke here, but I don't want to distract you from the real issue -- and that's the fact that this is a dangerous and irresponsible habit that could lead to a lifetime of repercussions for your child or grandchild.
Those rubber gloves healthcare workers put on before drawing blood aren't for show: Human blood can carry any number of pathogens -- from hepatitis B and C to HIV.
The human mouth is also filthy and filled with bacteria -- especially the mouths of sweaty hormonal teens. Human mouths are dirtier than those of cats and dogs, which is why up to 15 percent of all human bite wounds become infected.
I don't know how many kids are really playing vampire games, but MSNBC.com found a number of Web sites where teens boast of how much blood they suck and how wonderful it tastes and feels.
And I'd be willing to bet many young couples intimate enough to suck each other's blood are probably engaging in other risky activities together as well.
That's reason enough to drive a stake through the heart of this bad fad before it's too late.