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[text last updated 01 May 2014 - graph updated monthly]
The UK group started developing this site during 1996/7 and the pages were hosted by medhelp.org until February 2007.
The graph below shows the number of accesses (hits) per month to the contents list, general pages, and graphics on the site. Up to January 2007 the figures were provided by medhelp.org and 25,000 hits a month approximated to 100 people per day looking at the home page plus three other pages.
In mid-February 2007 we moved our web pages from medhelp.org to a new hosting arrangement (and started using the www.aissg.org domain that we had purchased in mid-2000). Statistics for the 'new' site were switched on in mid-April and the figures were extrapolated in order to estimate the hits for that month. The first full month's statistics were for May 2007. The numbers started off lower than those provided by medhelp.org possibly because of a different data collection algorithm.
August 2009 was the month that the Caster Semenya issue hit the headlines (18 year-old S. African medal-winning runner accused of not being a woman) and AIS was mentioned quite a lot in the media. On 11 Sept speculation broke out that Caster possibly had an intersex condition. On 12 Sept The Independent newspaper carried an article that included our web address, as did the Mirror on 14 Sept, and The Independent again on 22 Sept. BBC Radio 4's 'Saturday Live' web page did likewise, to accompany a broadcast on 26 Sept. The site was offline for about 8 days in April 2014.
If you would like to tell us which pages you've found particularly helpful and what improvements you would like to see, please contact the UK group.
The hierarchy of pages is colour-coded to help in orientation:
Level 1 (top level) = cream-coloured (main pages like this page and those
listed on the left)
Level 2 (middle level) = pale green (articles/discussions) or pale purple (personal stories)
Level 3 (lower level) = white (letters relating to articles/discussions). There are only a few of these.
You can retrace your steps from any page by using the 'left arrow' button in your browser's toolbar.
Some of our web pages provide access to documents in PDF (Portable Document Format) that you can view/print and/or download to your computer. Before you can do this you'll need some PDF Reader software on your PC. Two such packages are available as a free download (you may need to specify which PC platform you are using, e.g. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP):
Once you have a PDF Reader installed, you are ready to access PDF files via web pages, as follows:
Note: Not all browsers behave the same way; the document will most likely be displayed in the right-hand frame (where this text currently appears). With some browsers you can force the document to be displayed in another copy of the browser and it will display better. If you are reading it online, don't forget that you can resize the frames (click and drag) to make the document display better. However, since you are most likely going to print the document and not read it on-line, it may not be important how nicely it displays on the screen.