Terms and Conditions of Use
Effective October 1, 2008
The following terms constitute an agreement between you and Friends' Health Connection (“FHC”), the operator of http://www.friendshealthconnection.org/ (the “Site”). This agreement (“Agreement”) governs your use of the Site, both as a casual visitor and a registered member as described below.
To the extent you register on the Site as a member, then in addition to the terms that are applicable to all users of the Site, the terms that apply only to members shall apply to you too.
Friends’ Health Connection is a non-profit organization that connects people with the same health challenges in order to provide support, education and friendship during difficult times. To become a member and access the area on this Site reserved for members (the “Member Area”), Friends Health Connection requires that you are either (a) a diagnosed patient, (b) a caregiver for a patient, (c) a health care professional (e.g. doctor, nurse, health researcher, etc.), or (d) a guest as authorized by a Friends Health Connection member or employee.
Children under the age of 16 are prohibited from registering as members. By registering as a member you represent that you are age 16 or older.
This Site Does Not Provide Medical Advice
The Site is an informational resource for you. we are not providing medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Decisions about the best choices and medical treatments should be made in consultation with your personal health care providers.
All of the material provided on the Site, such as text, treatments, dosages, outcomes, charts, patient profiles, graphics, photographs, images, advice, messages, forum postings, and any other material provided on the Site are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Site.
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL YOUR DOCTOR OR 911 IMMEDIATELY. FRIENDS’ HEALTH CONNECTION DOES NOT RECOMMEND OR ENDORSE ANY SPECIFIC TESTS, PHYSICIANS, PRODUCTS, PROCEDURES, OPINIONS, OR OTHER INFORMATION THAT MAY BE MENTIONED ON THE SITE. RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED BY FRIENDS’ HEALTH CONNECTION, BY PERSONS APPEARING ON THE SITE AT THE INVITATION OF FRIENDS’ HEALTH CONNECTION, OR BY OTHER MEMBERS IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Acceptable and Lawful Use of Site by Members
Members shall not post or upload any information or other content on the Site that (a) is false, inaccurate or misleading; (b) is obscene or indecent; (c) infringes any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy of any party; or (d) is defamatory, libelous, threatening, abusive, hateful, or contains pornography. Members shall not interfere with other members' use and enjoyment of Site (for example, by harassing, threatening or stalking another participant of a chat room, forum, seminar, or threaded message, including the use of expressions of bigotry, racism, hatred, or profanity). Members may not use the Site to conduct any activity that is illegal or violates the rights of others, provide instructional information about illegal activities, or promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual.
All members represent and warrant that the information they provided when registering as a member, and all information that they subsequently provide regarding themselves and their membership, is true and correct and not misleading in any way.
Use of Site by Members and Non-Members
You may not use any robot, spider, scraper, or other automated means to access the Site or content or services provided on the Site for any purposes. You may not post content on the Site that contains any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, spiders, or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information. You shall not attempt to make the Site unavailable through denial-of-service attacks or similar means. You shall not use contact information provided by members, or collect information about our members, to facilitate the sending of unsolicited bulk communications such as SPAM or allow others use of your membership account to take such actions.
Non-Commercial Use by Members
The Member Area and the content and information contained in the Member Area is for the personal use of individual members only and may not be used in connection with any commercial endeavors. Organizations, companies, and/or businesses may not become members and should not use the Site without express consent from Friends Health Connection.
Posting and Use of Content in the Member Area
While some community areas in the Member Area are monitored periodically for topicality, Friends Health Connection has no obligation to prescreen postings and is not responsible for their content. We encourage you to notify us of inappropriate or illegal content and we reserve the right to remove postings for any reason.
You agree not to disclose to any person or entity personally identifiable information about other members that you learn using this Site (whether posted in the Member Area by a member or emailed to you by a member) without the express writtenconsent of such member. You may disclose information of a general nature (that could not identify the member who provided such information or whom such information is about) to third parties outside this Site, subject to the above restriction on non-commercial use.
Member Password and Login Identity
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your member password and login, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account with or without your knowledge. If you knowingly provide your login and password information to another person, your membership privileges may be suspended temporarily or terminated. You agree to immediately notify Friends Health Connection of any unauthorized use of your membership password or login or any other breach of security.
Links to Other Websites
Friends Health Connection may contain links to other websites that are not under the control of Friends Health Connection. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Friends Health Connection of such site and Friends Health Connection is not responsible for the content of such linked sites.
You agree that Friends Health Connection may, with or without cause, immediately terminate your Friends Health Connection membership and access to the Member Area without prior notice. Without limiting the foregoing, the following may lead to a termination by Friends Health Connection of a member's membership and use of the Site: (a) breaches or violations of this Agreement or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, (b) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, (c) a request by you (self-initiated membership cancellation), (d) unexpected technical issues or problems, and (e) extended periods of inactivity. Friends Health Connection has no obligation to maintain, store, or transfer to you information or data that you have posted on or uploaded to the Site.
Modifications to this Agreement
We reserve the right to modify this Agreement at any time, and without prior notice, by posting amended terms on this Site. We encourage you to review this Agreement periodically for any updates or changes, which will have an update effective date.
Membership with Friends Health Connection is currently free. Friends Health Connection reserves the right to from time to time change the terms of this Agreement and charge for membership and/or to provide additional optional services for a fee.
Disclaimer of Warranties
The Site and the content and services made available on the Site are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Friends Health Connection does not make and disclaims all express and implied warranties and representations, including, but not limited to, any implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, with regard to the Site, the Site content, or any advice or services provided through the Site to the extent permitted by law. Friends Health Connection does not warrant that access to the Site or its content or services will be uninterrupted or error-free or that defects in the Site will be corrected.
The advice, recommendations, information, and conclusions posted or emailed by other members of the Site are not in any way vetted, approved or endorsed by Friends Health Connection, and you use such information at your own risk.
Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances shall Friends Health Connection, its partners, contributors, agents, employees, directors, or affiliates be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages (even if it has been advised of the possibility of such damages) due to your use of this Site or due to your reliance on any of the content contained or the services provided on the Site.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Friends Health Connection, its officers, employees, agents, subsidiaries, affiliates and other partners, from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of this Agreement.
If you register as a member, you agree that Friends Health Connection may send notices to you by email at the email address you provide when registering to become a member (or which you later update using the functionality of the Site).
Governing Law and Venue
This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey and the applicable federal laws of the United States of America. All disputes arising under, or in any way connected with membership in or use of the Site, shall be litigated exclusively in the state and federal courts residing in the State of New Jersey, and in no other court or jurisdiction. You hereby submit to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in the State of New Jersey
“Friends Health ConnectionTM” and the Friends Health Connection logo are trademarks of Friends Health Connection. You agree not to display or use these trademarks in any manner without Friends Health Connection's prior, written permission.
Friends Health Connection may assign this agreement at any time to a subsidiary or parent company or to a successor to its business as part of a merger or sale of substantially all of its assets. You may not assign or transfer this agreement.
If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions will be unaffected and remain in full force and effect.
For any questions or comments, or to report violations of this agreement, let us know, or contact us at:
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