Hemophilia Awareness Month is a real thing and it starts today, March 1st.
In general, we should make sure we’re aware of all kinds of diseases and disorders –especially those that are partially responsible for spawning supernatural rumors.
Hemophilia is a disorder of your blood-clotting system. Clotting is the process by which your blood changes from a liquid to a solid state.
There are several types of hemophilia. All types can cause prolonged bleeding. If you have hemophilia and you have a cut, you’ll bleed for a longer time than you would if your blood clotted normally. Small cuts usually aren’t much of a problem. The greater health concern, particularly with hemophilia A and B, is deep internal bleeding and bleeding into joints.
Hemophilia is a lifelong disease, but with proper treatment and self-care, most people with hemophilia can maintain an active, productive lifestyle.
One of the disorder in the Hemophilia (or Haemophilia) group is Porphyria, a condition that causes an extreme sensitivity to light resulting in sever blistering. It is suspected that some Vampire lore stems from witnessing the effects of this condition. Vlad the Impaler was said to have suffered from some form of Porphyria. Vampires, who perish in sunlight, also have a bit of a blood condition… Coincidence?
As with all medical ailments, we should take it seriously not only because people are afflicted with it currently but also because it could cause the apocalypse. Imagine an epidemic of contagious Porphyria. In the Elder Scrolls universe, “Porphyric Hemophilia is the disease that turns you into a vampire” and it is contagious.
Or, imagine if the cure for Porphyria –currently there is no cure– was discovered to actually be regularly ingesting healthy human blood. If the condition could be controlled through transfusions then that would be a normal course of treatment… Unless both possibilities came to ahead. contagious and only treatable through the ingestion of human blood. Then we could be looking at new society much like that in Daybreakers.
I’m sure Hemophilia Awareness Month isn’t supposed to be about making ourselves and others aware of the way the condition(s) might destroy the world but that’s just so much more fun than wallowing in it’s incurability.