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contact., members of the People with AIDS Coalition (PWAC) sponsored a “Hug a Person with AIDS” booth at New York’s Christopher Street Festival in 1986.

Another misconception about transmission is fear about transmission via mosquitoes and other biting (bloodsucking) insects, which are known to transmit certain other diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. The notion that insect bites could transmit the HIV virus has been dismissed by most medical and scientific researchers. Two reasons have been advanced by the scientific community that discount insect transmission: HIV is too fragile to survive a human-to-mosquito-to-human transfer and not enough blood can be transferred on the stinger of an insect to cause infection.