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During his days as an Instructor at the FVZA Academy, Dr. Pecos enjoyed nothing more than answering questions from students. Retirement did little to dim that passion. Collected here are actual questions that Dr. Pecos fielded and answered in the years before he passed away. Though Dr. Pecos is gone, we will continue to do our best to answer any queries you may have. New questions and answers will be posted periodically; old questions and answers are archived below.


I have some questions about vampires. The first is, what happens if a human has astigmatism or myopia and turns into a vampire? I understand that all vampires are extrimely susceptible to light, but I'd like to know if certain eyesight conditions change or get altered after the transformation. The second question is, what happens to an existing and persisting virus in the human body (like HIV or human papilloma virus) if one is tranformed into a vampire? Do these humans die or are the viruses somehow neutralized by the human vampiric virus? If I'm correct, vampire cells commit mass suicide when they're overcrowed — does this apply to warts?
—Hector Salgado , Nuevo León, México

Would a vampire benefit from eyeglasses?
A: As touched upon on the Mythology page, permanent conditions (neurological, sensory) are typically irreversible. Even though vampires have better senses than humans do, a vampire with preexisting deafness or vision problems won't be as keen as its other brethren. However, degenerative conditions are usually halted by the transformation.

Since HIV came about after the FVZA was disbanded, there isn't any reliable documentation on how vampirism interacts with it. However, it's theorized that victims with full-blown AIDS would be much more vulnerable to dying during the coma stage, as it makes way for many opportunistic infections. It's also unknown how the vampirism virus would interact with cellular DNA rewritten by HIV, possibly resulting in a vampire with a very poor or overactive immune system, or cells that constantly produce faulty, lethal copies of the vampirism virus. The possibilities are numerous. As for other viruses, a general rule of thumb is that the victim will have a harder time surviving the coma, but if they do complete the transformation then their previous infections are effectively eradicated or forced into dormancy, since those viruses can only replicate using human cells (although the possibility of viral mutation is quite real).

Vampiric apoptosis typically only takes place with "soft" growths -- ones that have not yet become tough and fibrous like warts. Even cancerous tumors aren't completely eradicated, but simply shrunken to the point they no longer cause harm to the surrounding tissues, leaving only a clump of fibrous scarring. Basically, if a healthy human's immune system can't possibly get rid of something on its own (like warts or scars), then neither can a vampire. The latter just does it at a more efficient and accelerated rate.

—Robert Lomax, FVZA

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