Archive-Name: aids-faq1
Last-Modified: 10 Nov 1993

Welcome to the, the international newsgroup on the Acquired
Immune Deficiency Syndrome (see Q1.1 `What is' for more

This article, called the "FAQ", answers frequently asked
questions about AIDS and the newsgroup.  The FAQ is posted
monthly to and related newsgroups.  If you are new to, please read it before posting articles or responses.  If you
are a veteran, please skim the FAQ occasionally.  You may
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 Section 1.  Introduction and General Information
 Q1.1        What is
 Q1.2        Discussion topics.
 Q1.3 distribution.
 Q1.4        Subscribing and unsubscribe to
 Q1.5        What is a moderated newsgroup?
 Q1.6        Editorial guidelines.
 Q1.7        How do I submit a posting?
 Q1.8        The moderators.
 Q1.9        Cooperative moderation.
 Q1.10       Discussing moderation policies.

 Section 2.  How to prevent infection.
 Q2.1        How is AIDS transmitted?
 Q2.2        How effective are condoms?
 Q2.3        How do you minimize your odds of getting infected?
 Q2.4        How risky is a blood transfusion?
 Q2.5        Can mosquitoes transmit AIDS?
 Q2.6        What about other insect bites?
 Q2.7        Is there even a remote chance of insect transmission?

 Section 3.  Confidentiality.
 Q3.1        How is blood tested in the United States?
 Q3.2        What if a blood-bank finds out you are HIV positive?

 Section 4.  Treatment options.
 Q4.1        General treatment information.
 Q4.2        AIDS and Opportunistic Infections.
 Q4.3        Guide to Social Security Benefits.
 Q4.4        What if you can't afford AZT?
 Q4.5        What about DNCB? (please contribute)

 Section 5.  The common debates.
 Q5.1        What are Strecker and Segal's theories that HIV is manmade?
 Q5.2        Other conspiracy theories.
 Q5.3        Duesberg's Risk-Group Theory
 Q5.4        Contaminated polio vaccine? (please contribute)
 Q5.5        Who is Lorraine Day? (please contribute)

 Section 6.  Internet resources.
 Q6.1        Ben Gardiner's Gopher AIDS Database
 Q6.2        CDC AIDS Public Information Dataset.
 Q6.3        HIVNET/AEGIS Gateway (BETA VERSION)
 Q6.4        Other USENET newsgroups.

 Section 7.  Other Electronic Information Sources.
 Q7.1        Ben Gardiner's list of AIDS BBSes.
 Q7.2        National AIDS Clearinghouse Guide to AIDS BBSes.
 Q7.3        National Library of Medicine AIDSLINE (please contribute)
 Q7.4        Commercial Bulletin Boards
 Q7.5        Reappraisal of the HIV-AIDS Hypothesis.
 Q7.6        Lesbian/Gay Scholars Directory.

 Section 8.  Non-Electronic Information Sources.
 Q8.1        Phone Information about AIDS.
 Q8.2        Phone Information about AIDS drug trials.
 Q8.3        US Social Security: Information for Organizations

 Section 9.  Administrative information and acknowledgements
 Q9.1        Feedback is invited
 Q9.2        Formats in which this FAQ is available
 Q9.3        Authorship and acknowledgements