Do you think 15 minutes of your time can help make a HUGE difference in the fight against herpes?
Yes, it can! If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been wanting to do *something* to help turn herpes into an obsolete virus, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your chance.
April is National STD Month, and we are trying to use that as a rallying cry for action. We want to convince Oprah to do an hour-long segment on this Ã¢â‚¬Å“invisible epidemicÃ¢â‚¬Â. If her show can turn an obscure book into a New York Times bestseller, imagine what it could do to speed up the development of a vaccine (or even possibly a cure) for herpes! As they say, strength is in numbers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something we in this community have. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what to do.Write a Letter
Please take 10 minutes and write a letter. Feel free to use this letter
(or pieces from it) if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not sure what to say. Other things you might like to include:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A brief recap of how you contracted herpes, and how it has affected your life
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Any statistics not mentioned in the form letter that made an impact on you (please be sure to include a link to your source for the information, too)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A photo of yourself, so that the producer can see you are a normal, real person who just happens to have a common, but highly stigmatized, skin conditionCall for Action
Whatever your letter says, please make sure it ends with the following call to action; we want to present a Ã¢â‚¬Å“united frontÃ¢â‚¬Â in what we are asking the public to do."Actions 1-2-3 against HSV":1. Get tested.
Make it a routine practice to request a HerpeSelect test (or one of the other tests recommended at http://www.ashastd.org/pdfs/blood_test.pdf
) when you go for your annual physical exam. Blood tests can also be done anonymously, using a service like www.requestatest.com
.2. Educate yourself about herpes.
Read the ASHA fact sheet (http://www.ashastd.org/pdfs/Herpes_factsheet.pdf
) and check out the other resources at www.ashasted.org
-- to protect yourself, as well as to spread compassion to the millions of people who currently have HSV.3. Donate to worthwhile university research programs.
Several universities are actively working on new treatments that might lead to a vaccine, or even a cure! Please contribute to their work at either www.herpesisnormal.com
. Both of these websites provide direct links to promising research at Duke, Harvard, and the University of Florida. You can also donate specifically to HSV research at the American Social Health Association website (https://www.ashastd.org/commerce/donati ... orm_cc.cfm
). Send the Letter
Send the letter to the producers at the Oprah show. You can send it electronically, by mail Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or both! Please try to do this by April 6
, as we are trying to flood the Oprah producer offices with emails and letters at the same time.
There are a few options for sending your letter.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Send it to the "main gateway"
for new Oprah show ideas. However, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll need to be brief: this site only accepts letters up to 2000 characters. Please feel free to use this brief message
, if you need some ideas on what to say.
...not enough space! Please read the next post for the additional ways to send your letter...