The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk Gonorrhea tie in red. Believing that humor can be a powerful educational tool, Infectious Awareables neckties take an atypical, slightly irreverent approach to some very serious subjects. Shop and take pride in knowing that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to disease research/education. "Start the Conversation!" Gonorrhea. You'll spark conversation in unlikely places with this handsome necktie. One of the most popular Awareables designs, this tie is especially elegant. Design is based on the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, one of the oldest and most common of the STDs. Gonorrhea, often referred to as 'GC,' is characterized by inflammation of the genitourinary tract, and can ultimately cause sterility, as well as serious complications in newborns. A back-of-tie "Awareness Note" and a source citation are incorporated in the pattern design, which reads: "GONORRHEA is a sexually transmitted bacterial disease characterized by severe inflammation of mucus membranes. Symptoms may often be silent, especially in women. Gonorrhea can cause blindness in newborn babies of infection mothers." "Original images provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, and other credentialed sources." Note: IA contributes a portion of proceeds to research, education or support associated with important non-profit public health agencies and organizations.