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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!

Public Comments
Nov 22nd, 2010
Someone from Spokane, WA signed.
Nov 22nd, 2010
Someone from Cleveland, OH writes:
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This "harmless disease" has destroyed my life. I rarely interact with ANYONE -including family, I stopped donating blood, and I am hopeless. I am certainly not alone in these feelings. I am ashamed to have to associate my name with the disease. It is difficult to find information about the disease in reliable books. Desperate to find hope, I've searched for likelihood of a cure. Ten years ago some researchers said "it won't be long, we just need funding". Isn't it time to offer that funding? All of the advances in technology and medicine, and we still refuse to cure the virus that devastates so many, kills newborns, and leads to more severe inflictions. If HSV is a precursor to other diseases, it would be proactive to cure it, as the health care spending deficit will decrease.
Nov 22nd, 2010
Someone from Flower Mound, TX signed.
Nov 22nd, 2010
Someone from Scottsdale, AZ writes:
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HSV is the leading cause of encephalitis.
Nov 22nd, 2010
Someone from Gardiner, ME writes:
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maybe in testing the less virulent diseases for vaccines with more aggressive means we can come closer to understanding and stopping the more virulent ones such as aids. Polio died, measles died... what's next? how do we get ether?
Nov 22nd, 2010
Someone from Bellingham, MA signed.
Nov 22nd, 2010
Someone from Autaugaville, AL writes:
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Please increase the funding. You guys also must be having your dear ones infected.
Nov 22nd, 2010
Someone from Chicago, IL signed.
Nov 22nd, 2010
Someone from Dayton, OH signed.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from South Bend, IN writes:
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Studying multiple injections of vaccinia in herpes infected individual is probably the cure and would be much cheaper way and more natural way to find the cure.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from Fairdale, KY writes:
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Increasing funding to speed up the process of finding a cure will not only free up funding for other issues, but generate billions of dollars that can also be used to fund other issues. Herpes viruses are so common now that it only makes logical sense to get it out of the way. More lives can be restored and saved much faster with all the generated funds. We need to spend smarter.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from Prospect, KY signed.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from San Antonio, TX signed.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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This virus is a gateway for other serious medical conditions. Our tax dollars are being spent of Alzheimer's (deadly disease), and HIV (very serious illness. Well, people if you have HSV1 and the genetic factor for Alzheimer's you are 15xs more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's in your later years of life. Let's not ignore this anymore. A cure is possible with modern medicine and together a cure will come about.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from Delton, MI signed.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from Kalamazoo, MI signed.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from New Bedford, MA signed.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from Bedford, TX writes:
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You guys have chidren do you not?
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from Indianapolis, IN signed.
Nov 21st, 2010
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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Please fund this horrible virus that many are inflicted by. If it was you or your loved one you would want a cure as well. Antivirals are becoming useless. The virus is becoming resistant and is contiuously being spread to others. Not only because people are being irresponsible but instead because so many people have the virus and simply don't know they are spreading it. Let's support a CURE.
Nov 20th, 2010
Someone from Fort Bragg, NC signed.
Nov 20th, 2010
Someone from Fort Bragg, NC signed.
Nov 20th, 2010
Someone from Canton, MI writes:
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Please help address this HUGE public health issue that affects SO MANY people.
Nov 20th, 2010
Someone from Norfolk, VA signed.
Nov 20th, 2010
Someone from Norfolk, VA signed.
Nov 20th, 2010
Someone from Los Angeles, CA signed.
Nov 20th, 2010
Someone from Mocksville, NC writes:
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Please, please do increase funding for this terrible disease. It has so impacted my life and deserves more funding!

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