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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Ocular herpes can lead to losing vision. This is a serious virus.
I was taken advantage of at a young age. I have spent hundreds if not thousands for medication for this virus. I want a normal life again. I have been reading online how close we are for a cure. THIS IS A VIRUS WE CAN BEAT IT. TO SLOW DOWN THE SPREAD OF HIV WE HAVE TO START HERE.
I was taken advantage of at a young age. I have spent hundreds if not thousands for medication for this virus. I want a normal life again. I have been reading online how close we are for a cure. THIS IS A VIRUS WE CAN BEAT IT. TO SLOW DOWN THE SPREAD OF HIV WE HAVE TO START HERE.
This is a very hard disease to deal with, but with the funding that they need it will at least give the ones infected with the virus hope.
Atleast do it for your children, save them from dealing with this disaster.
With more than 70% off Americans infected, it's time to find the cure! This virus created trauma in my childhood due to regular outbreaks and abusive reactions from other children.
As long as I have HSV 1 there's a chance I can pass it to someone else through unintentional viral shedding. That's how I got it when I was little. I'm certain the vaccine will reduce the risk.
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.