Increase Herpes Research Funding

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Please increase research funding to promote a cure and better treaments for HSV 1 and 2.

Herpes is a national, and worldwide epidemic. It increases one's chances of acquiring HIV, it causes blindness, it has been linked to Alzheimer's and certainly causes depression, anxiety and untold suffering amongst the afflicted and their loved ones. Additionally, herpes makes individuals who have AIDS more infectious.

The CDC estimates that 48 million people in the United States alone suffers from genital herpes. It is estimated that there are 500,000 new cases each year in the United States alone. Various estimates indicate the direct costs of treating genital herpes alone to be over 1 billion dollars per annum. This does not take into account productivity losses and the costs to treat resulting depression, etc. Additionally, this also does not reflect the economic burden associated with HSV-1 or oral/facial herpes which affects as many as 50% of the United States population and as many as 90% of the US population 50 years of age and older.

As a signer of this petition, taxpayer and proud citizen of the United States I respectfully ask that you do everything within your powers to increase research funding for this terrible disease!

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Please push congress to increase the funding towards the research and development of a cure for HSV I and II. Recent research looks promising and we need an expedited treatment option to be looked at by the FDA and made available to sufferers. We are desperate to rid ourselves of this virus that is discussed so rarely in a society that stigmatizes suffers. The strain it places on our relationships and daily life is indescribable. Please we are begging of you to help end this decades long struggle to find a solution for this virus.
Please help find a cure for this disease.
HSV has ruin my life and the life of every child and adult suffering from it. The cure is out there and we are closer than ever to find it. This will help so many people suffering from insecurities, depression, and anxiety due to this painful disease that they have to endure each day.
A cure needs to be found. The stigma associated with hsv causes additional pain, emotional pain. Its horrible. Be strong to all of those who are with me in this.