By using our website or submitting content to us (whether unsolicited or solicited by us) you are agreeing to these terms and conditions so please read them carefully. We may change these terms and conditions at any time by posting changes online. Your continued use of this website after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions as changed.
Information about us
www.avert.org is a website operated by the international HIV and AIDS charity, Avert (referred to as ‘Avert’, ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’ in these terms and conditions). We are registered in England under charity number 1074849 and company number 3716796. We have our registered office at First Floor South, 6-7 Lovers Walk, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6AH, United Kingdom.
The name ‘Avert’ and the Avert logo are trademarks of Avert. Nothing on this website means that you can use these trademarks or any other intellectual property rights of Avert, or use any intellectual property rights of any other person or organisation.
Please note: The information on our website is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. We strongly advise that you talk to your healthcare professional for specific advice relevant to your situation.
Use of the website and content copyright
Unless stated otherwise, the copyright and all other intellectual property rights in all content (text, images, graphics, videos etc.) on www.avert.org are owned by Avert which reserves its rights in all such material.
Information resources on this site (excluding photographs) are licensed under a Creative Commons 4.0 international license. You may access, view, download and print copies of material on the website for personal, educational, and not-for-profit use, as long as full attribution is given, any copyright notices are kept on the content or the copyright is otherwise acknowledged, and you do not modify, reproduce, display or distribute our content for public or commercial use without prior consent from Avert.
If any material is downloaded or printed, it is your responsibility to comply with the laws of the place where the content is to be used.
If you are referencing an Avert article, please use this referencing format:
Avert (date of last review) ‘Title of article’ [date you accessed the article]
If you want to use any of our content for commercial or for-profit use, please contact [email protected]. We will need to approve your proposed use of the content before you use it and may ask you for a fee.
Where the copyright belongs to someone other than Avert, this will be stated on, next to, or near to, the relevant content. If you want to use this content, you need to ask the copyright holder for permission – Avert cannot grant permission for anything other than content that is wholly owned by Avert.
The inclusion of persons in images on this website is for illustrative purposes only. This does not imply any health status or behaviour by anyone depicted. In order to respect the privacy of any people who are mentioned on this website, the photographs and names used are not necessarily those of the actual people concerned.
If you submit material to our website (for example, blogs, opinion pieces, personal stories, comments etc.), whether unsolicited or solicited by us, you confirm that any factual content is accurate and that any opinions are genuinely held.
You confirm that your content:
- is not defamatory, offensive, obscene, indecent or insensitive
- does not infringe any copyright or other intellectual property right of any other person
- is not likely to deceive any person
- does not breach any legal duty owed to a third party (for example, a duty to keep something confidential)
- will not disrupt the operation of this website in any way
- does not give the impression that it originates from us where this is not the case.
You also confirm that there is no conflict of interest in relation to your content (other than as may be clearly disclosed in the content itself). We define a conflict of interest as arising when you or anyone closely associated with you has a personal interest (financial or otherwise) in the subject, or when you are doing work for an organisation (paid or unpaid) which has an interest in the subject. (For example only, a conflict of interest would arise if you were commenting about treatment options for a medical condition and at the same time working for a business which made a treatment for it.)
We reserve the right to edit, reject or remove any or all of your content at any time at our sole discretion. We do not guarantee that your content, or any part of it, will be displayed on our website. Any content is published at our sole discretion.
We do not endorse any content submitted to or published on this website, or any opinion, statement, or advice expressed in any such content.
You also waive all ‘moral rights’ in anything you submit to our website (‘moral rights’ are described in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988).
When you submit a personal story, you grant Avert the right to publish and copy it on any of our digital and offline products, and to edit it if the language is offensive, obscene, indecent or insensitive, or for any other legitimate editorial reason.
Your name and any other name mentioned in your personal story may be changed at Avert’s sole discretion. Avert also reserves the right to not publish any personal story.
- the story is yours and that you have the right to share it and to give us permission to use it
- all information contained in your story is accurate
- you 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.
Community guidelines for comments on Avert.org:
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.
Our comments facility on Avert.org provides 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.
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 Disqus users (on news stories) are published immediately and moderated afterwards by Avert. Guest comments are moderated before they go live, so will not show up immediately.
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
See Avert’s full community guidelines.
We provide links to other websites for your information, but (as stated above) we are not responsible for the content of any other websites or pages linking to or from our website. Links to any other websites cannot be taken as an endorsement of the content or approval by us of the views and expressions on those websites.
You may link to our web pages, so long as you do so in a way which is fair and legal and which does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. You must not establish a link with us which suggests any form of association, approval or endorsement where none exists.
Disclaimer and law
We update our website regularly, and may change the content at any time. However, you should be aware that any content may be out-of-date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update it.
All content and information on www.avert.org is made available with no warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or any other matter. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Avert accepts no liability or responsibility for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered by anyone who relies on anything on this website, and by anyone who submits any content, whether unsolicited or solicited by us.
These terms and conditions are governed by English law and both Avert and any user submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
If you are dissatisfied with the standard of service, action or lack of action, by Avert or its staff and associated personnel, you can make a complaint by email to [email protected], or in writing to The Directors, Avert, 6/7 Lovers Walk, Brighton BN1 6AH. Our complaints policy is available here.
Thank you for visiting Avert.org.
Updated April 2018