The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk Herpes II tie in blue. 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. HERPES viruses include several families of “omnipresent” infectious agents, a euphemism for “….these babies just won’t go away!” From HSV 1 to Herpes Zoster (Shingles) these nasties can range from very annoying to a downright nightmare. Herpes infections can be latent or active, and are present in a surprisingly high percentage of the population. HERPES viruses are an unfriendly family of infectious agents that attack the immune system causing serious, painful and persistent symptoms. Unfortunately this is not a family easily dismissed, as the virus perseveres in the nerves both before and after active infection." "Microscopic images courtesy of 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. Images courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, and other credentialed sources.