HOPE WEBSITE: TERMS OF USE
Welcome to the HOPE Genesee website. This site is part of the HOPE project, a CDC-funded research project of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. You must be 18 years or older to use this site.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS SITE?
The purpose of the HOPE project is to find ways to reduce the risk of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among young adults in Genesee County, Michigan. Information on this site is intended to be educational and we aim to provide a place for young adults to communicate and support each other. For more information about the HOPE project, visit About Us

WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE USE AND CONTENT ON THIS SITE?
We will make every effort to create a safe and inviting environment for people of all races, gender, sexual/gender identities or sexual orientations. Our intention is to provide a space where people can ask questions, get advice, state opinions and support one another. As such, we do NOT allow any comments that are offensive, abusive or harmful. This includes making comments that are racist, sexist, or homophobic. This also includes teasing, telling lies, making fun of someone, making rude or mean comments, spreading rumors, or making threatening or aggressive comments. We reserve the right to remove such comments, and block members from using the site if they violate this policy.
See our “DO’S AND DON’TS” guidelines for more details about what is acceptable use of this site.

HOW WILL WE USE THE INFORMATION FROM THIS SITE?
One of the aims of our research is to understand how young adults are sharing and communicating information about healthy sexuality with each other, so we will be collecting information from the website to evaluate site usage and user engagement. While one may use some of the functionality of Hope Genesee without registration, many of the specific tools, services and functions on our website require registration.

Before you login: If you use our Web site without registering, the site will automatically collect IP addresses and cookies. An IP address is a numeric address assigned to your computer. Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site places in a file associated with your browser. We do not link IP addresses or cookies to anything personally identifiable. This means that a user’s sessions will be logged, but the user will remain anonymous. IP addresses and cookies will tell us how many people visit our site, what pages they view most frequently, and how long they spend on the site. This site also records what type of browser you use, and information about the page that linked you to this page. This information also allows us to improve your user experience.

After you login: As a member of the HOPE website, you will be able to comment and reply to blog posts, ask questions and reply to discussions in the forum, and use any of the other interactive features of the site. If you choose to register with the site, we will be able to view more specific information such as how many comments you make, or how many times you have logged in to the site. We will be able to use this information to better understand how all of our members as a group use and engage with the content of the site. For example, we will collect information about how many comments you post, or how long you stay on the site and use this along with other members’ information to tell us the average length of time people spend on the site, or the average number of posts that people make. We might also look at what topics are popular, and use this information to address questions of interest to the community. This information may be used to describe the use and content of the website in publications and presentations or shared for research purposes; however, any data collected from an individual member will not be linked to your personally identifiable information (name or email). Any information taken from the site will be stripped of identifying information (names, references to other people) and will be anonymous.

HOW WILL WE PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY?
HOPE respects and makes every effort to protect your privacy. We will not share any personal information with any third parties nor will we use any personal information for any purposes beyond those stated here.
When you register for the site we will ask you for the following information: Valid email address, age, gender, where you live (county or state) and how you heard about the site. We will also ask you to create a username and a password. Your username may be displayed when posting on the site. To protect your personal privacy, please be sure to create a username that is not personally identifiable. (nicknames etc.). Your personal information will be kept in a secure location in a password protected system. Your email will only be viewable by members of the research team and will not be shared with 3rd parties.

Although we will make every effort to protect your personal privacy, HOPE is a public website, and any information you share in these areas becomes public information. Please exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information. HOPE urges you to never post personally identifiable information in the forums or in replies and comments like your name, telephone number, home address or e-mail address. You should think carefully before posting any personally identifiable information or personal health Information in any public forum. What you post can be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we cannot control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes.

MEDICAL/LEGAL DISCLAIMER:
The information contained within this website does not constitute medical, legal or other professional advice. The information presented on this site or sent to you electronically in response to a message from you is meant for general educational purposes only. It is not intended or implied to serve as specific medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should never be a substitute for consultation with a physician or other health professional. If you have, or think you might have, a medical problem or symptom, please consult a medical professional right away. To find a family planning clinic or health center near you, please view our Resources page.

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