The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this Hepatitis B tie. 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!" Hepatitis-B virus is a dangerous viral pathogen that causes severe liver disease. HBV is transmitted by sexual contact, transfusion or contaminated needles. It looms as a serious global threat, with at least 280 million cases occurring globally, many of whom become lifetime carriers. A vaccine is available, and now, so is this great looking tie! A back-of-tie "Awareness Note" and a source citation are incorporated in the pattern design, which reads: "HEPATITIS B VIRUS (HBV) is a dangerous bacterial pathogen that causes severe liver disease. The virus is transmitted by sexual contact, transfusion or contaminated needles. A vaccine is available and is advised for people who come in contact with blood or fluids of those who may be infected." "Original images courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia" Note: IA contributes a portion of proceeds to research, education or support associated with important non-profit public health agencies and organizations.