From The Washington Post:
Ella Dawson expected to find a Netflix bill in her Brooklyn mailbox. She discovered instead a letter from Hillary Clinton. The 24-year-old blogger, who writes often about living with genital herpes, figured it was a standard campaign mailer. She once donated $50 to Clinton.
She tore open the envelope. She froze. Did the Democratic presidential candidate, one of the most famous figures on the planet, just thank her for talking about sexually transmitted infections on the Internet?
“I am so grateful to you for not only speaking out against the stigma,” Clinton wrote, “but for also taking a courageous stand against the ridiculous, but very real, barrage of hate you received online.”
Dawson shared a photo of the letter Tuesday with her 7,600 Twitter followers:
— Ella Dawson (@brosandprose) September 6, 2016
Messages poured in:
Thank you for standing up.
I’m sorry you have had to suffer harassment, Ella, but thank you for fighting.
#UglyCrying too!! There are so many of these personal stories out there!
Politics aside, Dawson hopes the high-profile recognition will help change the way people talk about herpes — a condition she says is misunderstood and common. Two out of three people under the age of 50 have Herpes Simplex Virus 1, which can cause oral and genital sores, according to a January report by the World Health Organization.
That amounts to roughly 3.7 billion people with an incurable virus. Doctors say the majority never see an outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control, meanwhile, reports one in six …