Target: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
Goal: Lend support to the scientists who may have just discovered a way of preventing the HIV virus from developing into the deadly AIDS disease.
David Harrich, a medical scientist who runs a research laboratory in Queensland, recently co-authored a study that has unearthed a protein within the HIV virus that could be used against it. The research team at Queensland Institute of Medical Research recently discovered the potential effects of the modified protein and are set to begin trials of the findings very shortly. The United States Department of Health and Health Services should be financially backing this research team’s attempts to further their research, as it may lead to the discovery of a cure for one of the world’s deadliest diseases.
One of the reasons why the HIV virus still causes so many deaths (despite the fact that it has become much more treatable in the last decade) is that large doses of drugs are required to keep it at bay and prevent it from developing into AIDS. According to Harrich, the new protein would not be able to outright eliminate the virus from patients’ bodies, but would be able to completely keep it from eventually becoming AIDS. The scientists cited in the study stated that such a cure would allow anyone with the HIV virus to maintain a healthy immune system.
Large health companies need to aid this research team in any way they can, both to help them develop a cure and then to help them distribute a cure once it is developed. The United States Department of Health and Human Services must set an example by reaching out to this research team and agreeing to aid them in their fight against AIDS. Other large health companies would doubtlessly follow, and help move society closer to a reality without AIDS.
Dear Kathleen Sebelius,
The HIV virus is one of the deadliest known to man. Despite advances in recent decades relating to treatment, there remains no cure, and nothing to definitively prevent the virus from developing into the deadly AIDS disease. The good news is that a change may be on the horizon.
Researchers in Queensland have discovered a modified protein in the HIV virus that could keep the virus latent in the body and prevent it from developing into AIDS. The number of lives such a breakthrough could potentially save is extremely high. As such, this research team needs to be supported as much as they possibly can.
Your organization needs to work with this team, either on a professional level or even just on a financial level, and help them come up with this cure. The amount of good it could do for the world is limitless. Step up and reach out to this research team–help them win the battle against AIDS once and for all.
[Your Name Here]
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