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Herpes Study at the University of Washington
The Link Study

March 26, 2004

Have you heard about The Link Study?

This is a new study being conducted by the University of Washington and the HIV Prevention Trials Unit. These are the people who did past studies such as: Project Explore, Vaxgen, Vision, Be a Hero, and more.

We are currently looking for HIV-negative men who have sex with men and have HSV-2, the virus that causes genital herpes. Many people don't know they have herpes because in a lot of cases people don't develop symptoms, or they don't know how to recognize them. You can come to our office and get tested for HIV and genital herpes free of charge with no obligation to participate in the study. Just give us a call at (206) 520-3800 to set up an appointment.

Resent studies have shown that genital herpes can increase a person's risk for HIV infection by 2 times. This study is looking at how treating genital herpes impacts a person's ability to get HIV. If treating herpes decreases a person's chance of getting HIV, it could have a significant impact on reducing HIV transmissions globally. Participants are compensated for their time, but more importantly it is a great way to volunteer your time in the fight against HIV.

Please give us a call to set up an appointment or for more information, thank you.

George Froehle, Community Educator, HPTU Seattle.

University of Washington, call (206) 520-3800 or e-mail:

For more information on studies in NY and SF call our national toll free number 1-800-464-9063.

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