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NETIQUETTE: Please show respect for others at all times and remember that written communication is very different to spoken conversation. Something that was written in a lighthearted manner can easily be misunderstood or taken the wrong way and cause offence. Where possible, give the other person the benefit of the doubt rather than getting angry and making accusations. Also, writing in CAPITALS is known as shouting, which can in itself cause offence (as well as being difficult to read).
ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR: Any comments made with intent to threaten, harm or hurt another in any way will be deleted and will result in a warning. Any member who repeats negative behaviour and ignores warnings will be blocked from using our services.
PREJUDICIAL REMARKS: Using prejudicial statements, comments or remarks denigrating racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender, age or religion is strictly prohibited.
PERSONAL INFORMATION: While we are supportive of people being open about their HIV status, it is entirely up to you whether you disclose any personal information on this site or to people that you interact with on this site. Doing so is at your own risk. If you wish to maintain personal confidentiality, do not post or share your real name or contact details. We treat the data stored in this system as sensitive and confidential. Access to the database is limited to a small number of Terrence Higgins Trust staff and external technical consultants (e.g. from our hosting company) where this required to deliver and maintain the service.
LIBELOUS CONTENT: You may not post any content which is illegal, libelous or defamatory, or which discloses private or personal matters concerning any person other than yourself without the consent of that person. This includes revealing someone else’s HIV status.
KEEP IT CLEAN: Use of profanity/cursing/pornographic references in any language is not permitted. Whilst frank sexual discussion is acceptable in an appropriate context, please be sensitive to others when posting – graphic descriptive sexual conversation is prohibited. This guideline also applies to pictures, user names, and user titles.
SELLING ITEMS AND SOLICITING MEMBERS: Offering items for sale is not allowed. Sales and/or donation solicitations of members by way of email or message board posts are also not allowed.
PRESCRIPTION ITEMS: It is illegal to transfer prescription items such as medication to someone other than the person for whom the prescription was written. Members are not allowed to offer to give or sell prescription medicines to others via this site.
TREATMENT OPTIONS DISCUSSIONS (or ‘I Have a Cure for HIV!’): Terrence Higgins Trust neither advocates nor disallows any particular treatment method or medication. While people are entitled to discuss treatments they feel have helped them personally, if a post regarding any treatment option is misleading, directive, solicitous, or hurtful to others, it will be removed and the member will be contacted and warned.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSION TOPICS: Our membership is large and diverse. Please consider this when you post a message on our boards. We reserve the right to redirect, close or remove any inappropriate, aggressive or potentially harmful discussion that detracts from our mission and purpose. Our decision is final and the decision of what is inappropriate is not open to debate. This may include religion, politics or any discussion promoting unlawful activities, such as how to obtain drugs or other substances illegally. However, while it may sometimes be acceptable to discuss illegal activity (eg safer use of recreational drugs), all posts are at your own risk if they identify criminal or otherwise illegal behaviour. If you are unsure if a subject is appropriate for discussion, please e-mail us at [email protected]
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