The “Vampire Virus” Theory
For a number of years there have been discussions surrounding possible viral origins for vampirism and real vampyrism. Such theories propose that the vampyric condition is a result of a viral infection which alters the human DNA on some fundamental level, and that it can be passed on between individuals during feeding (or presumably in similar circumstances as any other infections disease), and also through reproductivity.
Theories have proposed natural viral origins or even bio-engineered viruses and retro-viruses developed in labs (in one case, the K-17 allegedly developed in South Africa in the 1960’s – didn’t know we were that advanced) – and there is almost always the accompanying caveat that there is some kind of government cover-up at play.
The names used for this supposed virus that allegedly turns people into vampires has varied, but can – so far at least – invariably be traced back to fiction.
The very first mention we know of that refers to a medical condition (rather than a metaphysical/spiritual or religious explanation for vampirism – ie the walking dead or “undead”) stems from a sci-fi novel “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson, which presents vampyrism as a disease that alters the body.
In the late 20th century the same “viral theory” emerged in the Blade movie series, and in the early 21st century, the Underworld series of movies also used it as a plot device as well. It is fairly logical that in modern times where various mysteries of our history have been explained away by the development of sciences and technologies, that someone – and perhaps quite a few ‘someones’ hit upon the same idea – that of using a ‘disease’ or ‘virus’ to explain the origins of vampire myths.
Even within the real VC itself, there is a very real tendency to favor biological origins for our kind – however, there is as yet no tangible proof to demonstrate this.
The alleged vampyrism-causing virus is known in the various hoaxes by several names, including V5, Code V, Code 5, K-17, G-17, HVV, Stem Alpha, and so on. There are numerous websites which have pushed this view for a number of years, claiming that there are real/undead/immortal vampires and that a virus/retrovirus turned them into vampires…however, the truth is –
IT’S A HOAX, folks.
While the underlying cause for people being vampyric is as yet unconfirmed, and while the root of our nature may one day shown to be genetic, this has not happened yet, and since we as Vampyres and vampyric people know – people don’t just “catch vampyrism” and “turn” into Vampyres.
If we ever come across a REAL, genuine, honest-to-goodness believable bit of scientific proof (a university-endorsed laboratory conducted and documented study) of the biological causes of vampyric nature, we WILL most certainly feature those on our Advocacy Information, Links & Resources page with the actual scientific studies and research items we have already placed there.
The V5 Virus:
The creator of the publicity website for the 1996 UK TV series “Ultraviolet” – a story about a secret British government agency targeting vampires, explained, the “V5 Virus” was a gimmick featured in the TV series, and the website that promoted it was actually no more than a publicity stunt intended to promote the series.
Unfortunately, as the writer – coincidentally a real Vampyre himself, explained (see the section on Alleged Government Research & Study Programs) it was a publicity stunt which ended up backfiring on the real Vampyre Community, and has had gullible and deluded individuals spreading around hysteria about a virus which doesn’t exist.
The HVV (Human Vampiric Virus):
Similarly, there were other convincing fictional efforts that sometimes still do the rounds, such as the HVV (Human Vampiric Virus) which the Federal Vampire & Zombie Agency (FVZA), a spoof “government agency”, claims is responsible for people turning into vampires. All of these are fake however.
The K-17 / RVK-17 Virus:
The “K17 / RV-K17” virus was part of promotional material for an Australian movie called “Reign in Darkness”, in 2001. You can see the Internet Archive for the plot summary and the movie’s fictional theory at the link. Note the name of “RapidFire Productions Pty Ltd” at the bottom – that’s a movie company folks.
The only really amusing part about this “virus” is the way it spreads and creeps around the world, re-emerging when you least expect it, under a different name and with a different cover story each time.
WARNING: If you try to use a fake virus to turn people into Vampyres, you will end up with (yet more) fake vampires. And the world already has quite enough of those already, thank you very much.