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NOTICE: The website is provided by the American Sexual Health Association provided you agree to comply with the "Terms of Use." Please read the "Terms of Use" now and check occasionally for future changes.

The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) provides the website for your personal education and entertainment, but nothing on this site constitutes a recommendation for medical care, nor does ASHA make a warranty of any kind about the appropriateness for individual online Users. The mission statement of ASHA is to stop sexually transmitted infections and their harmful consequences to individuals, families and communities, and this website is intended to provide information about sexually transmitted infections and sexual health to help people, especially teenagers, make healthy choices for themselves.

The entire website is protected by copyright by the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). Certain articles or materials within the website are also separately copyrighted by ASHA or as indicated. All rights reserved. If you find these materials useful, you may download, print out, or send a copy to others so long as each copy indicates the appropriate copyright notice--(c) American Sexual Health Association--and is used only for personal use. But it is absolutely prohibited to reprint or electronically reproduce any text, document, graphic, or audio or visual material for bulk or commercial use. For special copyright permissions, or to purchase ASHA publications and pamphlets, please write to: ASHA, PO Box 13827, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3827.

Information provided or discussed on the website or e-mail does not constitute medical, legal or otherwise professional advice. The information contained in the website or any transmission or response to a message from you, the sender, is not intended nor implied to qualify as medical advice, diagnosis of a medical condition or treatment for any medical condition. Any questions discussed via e-mail should not be construed as psychological counseling or any emotional or mental health diagnosis or treatment. We are not medical professionals. Neither ASHA nor the website imparts, dispenses, or offers either directly or indirectly, medical advice as part of this service, and we encourage you to always seek professional health services for any health, emotional or mental concerns you may have about your personal medical condition. Additionally, nothing from ASHA or the website is intended or represented either directly or indirectly, as legal advice or counsel, and should you, the User, have questions or concerns about legal issues we at ASHA encourage you to seek the proper attorney or professional service regarding your needs.

Disclaimer of Warranty and Liability
ASHA assumes no liability for any diagnosis, treatment, decision you make, or action you take based on any information found on the ASHA or website or any of the external internet links to other websites from the ASHA or site or sites linked to it in any way. ASHA does not take responsibility for and is not liable for any risk for your use of the or ASHA website or other use of the Internet.

ASHA does not make any express or implied warranties, representations or endorsements in any way in connection with the ASHA or websites, other websites connected to the ASHA or sites by hyperlink, or the Internet in general (including without limitation, warranties of title or non-infringement, or the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). It is understood by you, the User, except for information clearly identified as being from the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), ASHA does not review, operate or control any material, information, products or services on the Internet, including electronic transmissions from other Users or materials connected to the ASHA or websites through hyperlinks in any way.

Under no circumstances shall ASHA be liable for injury, loss, claim, damage or any incidental or consequential damages arising either directly or indirectly out of or in any way connected with the ASHA or websites, or any failure or delay in updating or including any information or materials on the ASHA or website, or any use of or inability to use any materials on the ASHA or website, even if ASHA has been advised of the possibility of such damages. (Some states do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental and consequential damages, so the above exclusions may not apply to you.)

Your Privacy and the ASHA and websites
We want this site to be a safe and private place for the Users of the site. ASHA will do its part by collecting very little information from you and about you. The site logs IP addresses for systems administration purposes and these logs may be analyzed to improve the value of the materials available on the site. But we do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable. This means that a User's session will be logged, but the User will be anonymous.

We ask that you do your part, too, when writing to us via e-mail. We ask that you do not tell us your real name or of your friends. All personal information that could be used to identify you or your friends or others should be kept out of all e-mail correspondence.

Polling or e-mail data, along with our tabulations of where our Users are visiting the most, will be compiled into statistics to inform us about your needs and interests. We also may share this statistical information with writers, website writers, media and outside experts, to help us improve the site to meet the needs and interests of our Users.

Submission of materials by Users
When you submit a question, article or other materials to ASHA through the website, you are authorizing ASHA to read it, edit it and publish it on the website, where it can be read all over the world and downloaded and copied. Do not submit anything to ASHA or the website if you do not want your question, works or materials posted and read by others. Before posting any question, work or material to the website, ASHA will edit it as we see fit to make the content clear and to also protect your anonymity. We ask that you make sure before you submit anything to ASHA that you have removed any personal information that could be used to identify you or others in the body of work. ASHA is not obligated to and makes no representation that it will publish any particular submission. All material you submit must be original work. Once a submission is published on the website, ASHA may take it down for any or no reason.

Waiver of Responsibility for Defective or Contaminated Material
Although ASHA makes every effort to ensure the correctness of data, ASHA disclaims responsibility for any errors or omissions, such as unintended inaccuracies or typographical errors, in the materials. You also understand that ASHA cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading through the service will be free of "infection" or "viruses," "worms," "Trojan horses," or other code that manifest contaminating or destructive properties. Users are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy their particular requirements for accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a procedure outside of ASHA or websites for the reconstruction of any lost data. Use of the ASHA or websites and the Internet generally is at the User's own risk.

Legal Actions
These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of North Carolina, U.S.A., and you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of the state of North Carolina. In the event that any portion of these terms and conditions is deemed by a court as invalid, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute of law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to this website, or the use of this website, must be filed within one year after such claim or cause of action arose and must be filed in a court in Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.

User Rules
In order to maintain an informative and valuable service that meets the needs of the viewers and avoids harm to others, it is necessary to establish and for you to follow these User Rules:

a. The User may download, print or transmit information from the website for personal, private use. However, the User must make sure that the proper copyright notice--(c)2013, American Sexual Health Association-is included to each copy transmitted or printed and in no case may the materials be reproduced in bulk or for commercial use without express, written permission from:
American Sexual Health Association
PO Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3827

b. Users may not submit or transmit any message that is libelous or defamatory, or violates any other person's copyrights, privacy or publicity rights, trademarks, trade secrets, or rights in other confidential information. The User indemnifies ASHA for any and all damages suffered by third parties as a result of the User's violation of this paragraph.

c. Users may not submit or transmit any message, data, image, or program with the intent to threaten the safety of others or to cause others to feel that they are being threatened.

d. ASHA does not intend to discourage Users from taking controversial positions expressing vigorously what may be unpopular views; however ASHA reserves the right to take such actions as it deems appropriate in cases where the ASHA or websites are inappropriately used to disseminate statements or materials that are reasonably construed as abusive, destructive, harmful, or threatening to the safety of others.

e. Users may not interfere with other Users' use of the ASHA or websites, including, without limitation, disrupting the normal flow or use of the service.

f. Users may not post or transmit any file which contains "viruses," "worms," "Trojan horse" or any other contaminating or destructive features.

g. It is ASHA's general policy to protect the privacy of the persons transmitting any messages to ASHA. However, ASHA reserves the right to reproduce and distribute part of or all of a message without compensation to the User so long as any identifying information is deleted.

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