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Terms of Use Agreement

It is important that you read all the following terms and conditions carefully. This Terms of Use Agreement (“Agreement”) is a legal agreement between you and Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) who is the owner and operator (“Owner”) of the Web Discussion Group (the “Discussion Group”). It states the terms and conditions under which you may access and use the Discussion Group and all written and other materials displayed or made available through the Discussion Group, including, without limitation, articles, text, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, computer software and code (the “Content”). By accessing and using the Discussion Group, you are indicating your acceptance to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Agreement. If you do not accept these terms and conditions, you must not access or use the Discussion Group. The Owner may revise this Agreement at any time by updating this posting. Use of the Discussion Group after such changes are posted will signify your acceptance of these revised terms. You should visit this page periodically to review this Agreement.

Not medical advice
This service does not provide medical advice. Decisions about particular medical treatments should always be made in consultation with a qualified medical practitioner knowledgeable about HIV-related illness and the treatments in question.
None of these discussion areas should be used as a substitute for advice and treatment from a competent health care provider. CATIE in good faith provides information to help HIV-positive youth (ages 12-29) who wish to manage their own health care in partnership with their care providers. Information accessed through or published or provided by CATIE, however, is not to be considered medical advice.

Although many of the postings to the discussion will be from HIV-positive youth, the information will be of widely varying usefulness in any individual case. The information presented here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified health care provider, nor should the information be inferred as such Postings should be assumed to be based on anecdotal experience.

Medical emergency
Do not use the Website for medical emergencies. If you have a medical emergency, call a physician, qualified health care provider or 911 immediately. Under no circumstances should you attempt self-treatment based on anything you have seen or read on the Discussion Group.

No health care provider-patient relationships
The presentation of information on the Website does not establish a health care provider-patient relationship between you and the Owner (or any of its members or other qualified health care providers) and is not intended as a solicitation of individuals to become patients or clients of the Owner (or any of its members or other qualified health care providers).

No endorsements
We do not recommend or advocate particular treatments and we urge users to consult as broad a range of sources as possible. We strongly urge users to consult with a qualified medical practitioner prior to undertaking any decision, use or action of a medical nature.

We do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information accessed through or published or provided by the Owner. Users relying on this information do so entirely at their own risk. Neither the Owner nor the Public Health Agency of Canada nor any of their employees, directors, officers or volunteers may be held liable for damages of any kind that may result from the use or misuse of any such information. The views expressed herein or in any article or publication accessed or published or provided by CATIE are solely those of the authors and do not reflect the policies or opinions of CATIE or the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Discussion Group Guidelines

These discussions are a public extension of the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) and are focused on specific issues about treating and caring for people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs). Our discussions are monitored and we reserve the right to keep the discussions focused. We hope this will eliminate the nuisance postings and cross-postings that plague many newsgroups. Please note that the discussion areas are bilingual, and may consist of postings and discussions in English and in French.

The purpose of these forums is to share concerns, comments and opportunities related to the treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS. We expect participants to include:

  • HIV-positive youth (ages 12-29); and
  • other interested individuals.

Editorial Restrictions

Postings which do not adhere to the rules for the discussion will be deleted, and account holders who contravene these guidelines will be blocked from further access to the discussions.

If you'd like to get an idea of the kinds of messages that are posted in these discussion areas, read the discussion for a while before posting. This will help you to get a feel for the tone of the discussion, and you might find answers to a question you have that has been asked before. Try searching for an answer to a question before posting a question to the discussion.

In general:

Stay on topic; that is, only post items which are directly relevant to the treatment and care HIV/AIDS or related issues.

Never personally attack other participants. Instead of insulting someone or saying they are biased - point out the flaws in their argument. If you find yourself getting angry at someone, and writing a reply in anger, please try to wait - as long as an entire day -- to see what other reactions have been posted before you reply.

When asking a question, consider whether the question could be asked the by e-mail or whether everyone else will benefit from seeing your question.

Do not use organized religion or membership in a political party to support your arguments. Use logic and reason instead.

Do not break copyright laws. Reprinting information from other sources must include permission from the owner of the material. You may excerpt or summarize information from other sources within reasonable limits.

Try not to duplicate something which has already recently appeared in the forum.

The moderator has the right to decide what's acceptable and what isn't.


If you have any questions or comments on this policy, you can send them to

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