During the early days of AIDS, many local gay newspapers covered medical developments closely. It was commonplace to see press releases from CDC as well as researchers. You can grasp the period of this strip by the terminology. HIV had replaced HTLV, and AZT was offering the first glimmer of hope. What I found odd was the level of technical detail ... "Pill Porn" if you like. Being kind of a techie myself (I am a civil engineer), I can deal with that.