Employment Stimulus – Find a Cure for Herpes
The United States is a great place to live. We help the world each time there is a disaster, most recently Haiti. We have also helped the world by exporting and outsourcing manufacturing and service jobs to other countries and in so doing we have hurt our own citizens. We have high unemployment with no end in sight. If you listen to the experts, the consensus is that the jobs that have left aren’t coming back.
The world has a BIG problem with Herpes – it is an epidemic! According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “The estimated total number of people aged 15–49 years who were living with HSV-2 worldwide in 2003 is 536 million (http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/10/07-046128/en/).” Further, “the estimated number of new HSV-2 infections among 15–49 year olds worldwide in 2003 is 23.6 million, of whom 12.8 million were women and 10.8 million were men (http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/10/07-046128/en/).” Combine the 2003 numbers with the rate of new infections and likely over 700 million people worldwide are infected by herpes 2.
Herpes is a terrible disease by itself. It ruins lives in more ways than one. “In addition, genital herpes is associated with an increased risk of HIV acquisition by two- to threefold, HIV transmission on a per-sexual act basis by up to fivefold, and may account for 40–60% of new HIV infections in high HSV-2 prevalence populations (http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/10/07-046128/en/).” Moreover, the CDC estimates that 16% of the US population between ages 16 and 49 are infected.
HSV-1, oral herpes, affects up to 90% of the US population over the age of 50 (http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes...alherpes.cfm#2). Further, HSV-1 has been linked to another debilitating disease – Alzheimer’s. The University of Manchester has proven that approximately 90% of people with Alzheimer’s have HSV-1 and HSV-1 is believed to be “a major contributor to Alzheimer’s disease (http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes...alherpes.cfm#2).” Alzheimer’s is the 7th leading cause of death in the US and costs approximately $172 billion annually in associated costs (http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_figures.asp).” HSV-1 can and does cause blindness in newborns.
Let’s kill two birds with one stone. How? Let’s find a cure for herpes here in the United States. No new material drugs for herpes sufferers have come to market in nearly 30 years – since Valtrex. Hence, herpes continues to rise, HIV continues to increase and yes US unemployment continues to increase. Several US companies have promising drugs to treat or even cure herpes, including, but not limited to Vical and Antigenics but they do not have money to move forward. Additionally, many researchers are in the same predicament including Dr. Bloom at the University of Florida and Dr. Cullen at Duke University.
I encourage you as an empowered official to increase funding for herpes such that we can:
1. Put an end to the suffering of over a billion people worldwide.
2. Put our citizens back to work in good, high paying jobs manufacturing a US made herpes cure.
3. Put an end to the transmission of herpes and reduce the transmission of HIV and the suffering that goes along with it.
4. Greatly reduce the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s and blindness caused by herpes, and
5. Dramatically improve the lives of billions of people throughout the world.
Please think of Americans first, while also thinking of the world. Curing herpes and employing our citizens is a win-win situation for the US and the world.
May God Bless you to make the right decision for the billions of herpes sufferers and for the US economy!