LAST EDITED ON Oct-31-10 AT 05:47 PM (CDST) by Rajah (admin)
The NIH wants to know how they are doing on funding medical research. Email them to let them know!

The email address and letter is immediately following.
If you want to see increased dollars put into HSV research, express your opinion. Be heard/read!!!!!
OER Communications Office:
Contact oer{at} for:
Suggestions/comments on the NIH grants process
Media inquiries
To let us know how were doing (THEIR OWN WORDS)

Email/Letter is below. Please proof it, modify as you see fit and maybe add a little personal data as you see fit.

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Id like to voice my opinion on how you are doing. HSV has now been linked to increasing ones chances of acquiring HIV, as many as two to three-fold, among many other things delineated below. I am appalled and the woefully inadequate amount of funding researchers are getting for this. This disease ruins lives and research funding must be increased. There appears to be many promising treatments or even cures on the horizon; however, they cannot proceed without funding. As such, I would like to ask for your help increasing funding for both prophylactic and therapeutic treatment for your citizens suffering from herpes and to prevent the spread of the herpes simplex virus.

Of particular importance, please note the following complications that can be and often are associated with HSV infections:

Complications and Financial Burdens Associated with HSV

1. HSV makes people more susceptible to AIDS and it can make AIDS infected people more infectious.
2. HSV can lead to potentially fatal infections in newborns.
3. HSV causes psychological distress in people who know they are infected.
4. HSV causes painful recurrent genital and facial sores in many adults.
Source CDC.Gov

5. Ocular herpes is usually caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1 but sometimes by HSV-2. It can occasionally result in serious eye disease, including blindness.
Source NIH.Gov

6. 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 4060% of new HIV infections in high HSV-2 prevalence populations.1015 Indeed, the impact of suppressing HSV-2 shedding and associated disease on the rate of HIV acquisition is currently being tested in three proof-of-concept trials.

7. The virus behind cold sores is a major cause of the insoluble protein plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease sufferers, University of Manchester researchers have revealed

8. Appears to Be 'Accomplice' With Other Virus
By Sid Kirchheimer
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Ngozi A. Osondu, MD
Nov. 5, 2002 -- Genital herpes increases the risk of cervical cancer -- which kills thousands of women every year -- by acting as an "accomplice" to another common virus that commonly causes this cancer.
Herpes simplex virus-2, the cause of genital herpes, was detected in nearly half of women with invasive cervical cancer -- nearly twice as often as in women without signs of cancer, researches report in a study published in the Nov. 6 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
But this doesn't mean that all women with herpes simplex-2 (HSV-2) are at increased risk. In fact, those diagnosed with HSV-2 face no additional risk if they are not also infected with human papillomavirus (HPV).
9. HSV is responsible for 63% of cases of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

10. Estimated costs of treating HSV-2 in the United States alone are close to $1 billion, primarily for drugs and outpatient medical care. Additional indirect costs from HSV-2 infection, such as lost work hours, are more than $200 million annually in the United States.

I would like to ask that you do all within your powers to see that HSV research is adequately funded such that a cure is realized and available to the general public within 5 years or less.

Thank you kindly for your support.

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