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Our community guidelines

Our beliefs:

Avert believes in a world with no new HIV infections, and where those living with HIV and AIDS do so with equality and the support they need. We do this by ensuring widespread understanding of HIV and AIDS in order to reduce infections and improve the lives of those affected.

As an organisation, Avert:

  • believes in the importance of recognising and affirming sexual-diversity
  • supports access to and fulfilment of human rights for all – particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalised
  • supports access to age-appropriate sex education
  • believes in social equality for all
  • supports harm reduction measures
  • is secular

User generated content

There are a number of types of user generated content published or facilitated by AVERT, which all support our organisational aims of empowering people through knowledge. These include personal stories, comments on news stories, and posts on Facebook and other social channels.

Appropriate and inappropriate content

All user generated content should be respectful. In general, content considered inappropriate will be deleted, and action against the culprit will be decided on an ad-hoc basis, depending on the situation.

Inappropriate content may include material that:

  • is harassing, derogatory or defamatory towards another user or Avert.
  • is offensive, obscene, insensitive, criminal, discriminatory or derogatory.
  • deceives another user.
  • disrupts the operation of the website or other digital platform.
  • gives the impression that it originates from Avert where this is not the case.
  • makes claims that are considered harmful to the HIV response, such as illegitimate cure claims, or herbal remedies.
  • discloses personal contact information, such as a phone number or email address.

Repeated offensive posts or messages will result in users being banned.

  • We reserve the right to edit, reject or remove any user generated content at any time at our sole discretion.
  • We do not guarantee that user generated content will be displayed on our website or social channels. Any content is published at our sole discretion.
  • We do not endorse any user generated content submitted to or published on our website or social channels, or any opinion, statement, or advice expressed in any such content.

Contributing to Avert.org

Comment facility on news articles:

  • Our news comments facility on Avert.org provides a forum for sharing views on HIV, sexual health and human rights issues.
  • We encourage respectful and constructive conversations and reserve the rights to remove posts that are offensive, stigmatising, homophobic, act as advertisements, attempt to solicit funds or are off-topic.
  • Comments that endorse an illegitimate HIV cure claim or false information about the virus will also be deleted.
  • All statements and materials posted by contributors reflect the views of the individual contributors and do not reflect the views of Avert.
  • Comments from registered users are published immediately and moderated afterwards by Avert. Guest comments are moderated before they go live, so will not show up immediately.

Personal stories:

  • When users submit a personal story, they are considered to have granted Avert the right to:
    • publish and copy it on any of our digital and offline products.
    • edit it if the language is offensive, obscene, indecent or insensitive, or for any other legitimate editorial reason.
    • change their name and any other name mentioned in the personal story at Avert’s sole discretion.
    • Avert also reserves the right to not publish any personal story.
  • All personal story submissions are subject to our privacy policy. By submitting personal stories users confirm that:
    • the story is theirs and that they have the right to share it and to give us permission to use it.
    • all information contained in their story is accurate.
    • they are giving Avert unlimited permission to publish all or any portion of it on our website (and other related platforms, such as social media), and to edit it.
  • Avert staff should change names and/or details if specifics of a story could identify and put individuals at risk.

See also ‘Appropriate and inappropriate content’ above.

Contributing on social media

  • Avert’s social media channels provide a forum for sharing information and developments on HIV, sexual health and human rights issues.
  • We encourage respectful and constructive conversations and reserve the rights to remove posts that are offensive, stigmatising, homophobic, act as advertisements, attempt to solicit funds or are off-topic. Comments that endorse an illegitimate HIV cure claim will also be deleted.
  • User posts and messages considered to be ‘personal enquiries’ will be sent a personal message disclaimer, redirecting them to our website for information or advising them to contact a healthcare professional
  • Our Boost Facebook group is specifically targeted for community health workers in Southern Africa and requires Avert to approve member requests to ensure the group stays relevant and a safe space for this audience.

See also ‘Appropriate and inappropriate content’ above.