Terms of Use and disclaimers for UNAIDS virtual consultation through www.measuringhivstigma.com


1.1 Please take note of the following terms of use and disclaimers. By accessing www.measuringhivstigma.com, the user agrees to accept these terms of use and disclaimers. UNAIDS may revise this disclaimer without notice and at its own discretion. Any such revised disclaimer shall apply to the use of the website www.measuringhivstigma.com and its content, from the time of publication of the revised disclaimer on the website.

1.2 The page www.measuringhivstigma.com is intended for the use of registered users (who may include individuals from communities, civil society, academics, programme implementers and others engaged in measuring and addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination, among others, from all regions) for the purpose of gathering inputs in an interactive and collaborative manner which will serve for the development of summary measures on HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The content within www.measuringhivstigma.com is intended for the internal use of registered users only and may not be disclosed, shared, distributed or transmitted to persons outside the user community, or duplicated, republished, reused for presentation or used in any other way, including for advertising or commercial purposes, without the prior written consent of UNAIDS.


2.1 The content of the pages of this website is for general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.

2.2 The views expressed on www.measuringhivstigma.com are those of the authors/participants and do not necessarily reflect those of UNAIDS. UNAIDS does not endorse any content posted on this site by external [non-UNAIDS staff] persons or agents.

2.3 UNAIDS accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any inaccurate advice or information that may be posted on www.measuringhivstigma.com or referred to in sources reached via links or other external references to the content of www.measuringhivstigma.com.

2.4 The page www.measuringhivstigma.com may contain links to resources on external websites. UNAIDS is not responsible for the accuracy or content of any external link. The presence of any resource or external link on www.measuringhivstigma.com does not imply that the resource, or its author or entity, is endorsed or recommended by UNAIDS. These links are provided for convenience only.

2.5 The mention of specific companies or of certain manufacturers’ products does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by UNAIDS in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned. Errors and omissions excepted, the names of proprietary products are distinguished by initial capital letters.

2.6 All of the content in the various pages of www.measuringhivstigma.com is subject to copyright and may not be reproduced, copied, sold or shared, as a whole or in part, without express written consent of UNAIDS as the copyright owner.

2.7 While every reasonable effort has been made to make the information on this website as timely and accurate as possible, UNAIDS makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the effectiveness, completeness and accuracy of the contents of this website, and expressly disclaims any liability for damages as a result of the use and/or application of www.measuringhivstigma.com, errors and/or omissions in the content. The responsibility for the interpretation and use of the content lies with the reader and/or user. UNAIDS reserves the right to make updates and changes to posted content without notice and accepts no liability for any errors or omissions in this regard. UNAIDS assumes no responsibility or liability for any consequence resulting directly or indirectly from any action or inaction users take based on or made in reliance on the information and material available on this website.

2.8 While every reasonable effort has been made to use appropriate language and pictures on this website, UNAIDS expressly disclaims any responsibility for inadvertent offensive or insensitive, perceived or actual, language or pictures.

2.9 By posting or publishing information and/or data on www.measuringhivstigma.com the user grants UNAIDS an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty free, sublicensable license to publish, re-publish, transmit, distribute and otherwise use such information and/or data. Users will be responsible for the content of the posting, therefore:

    • users must ensure that any material and information they post do not violate or infringe upon the copyright, patent, trademark or any other personal or proprietary rights of any party. If any content subject to such rights is considered for posting, they must first obtain all necessary permissions for posting from the owner of such rights;
    • users should be careful with humour and the tone of their postings, remembering that participants on www.measuringhivstigma.com come from different age groups and cultural backgrounds. No criticism against peoples, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, countries or regions will be tolerated.

2.10 The user must ensure that all the information supplied through the website is accurate at the time of writing, in no way defamatory and is without ownership claim from any third party. In this respect, user agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless UNAIDS, its directors, officers, employees and agents against any losses suffered as a result of any claim, suit, action or proceeding brought by a third party resulting from the use and/or hosting of www.measuringhivstigma.com, its content or based upon a breach of any data protection legislation in the use and/or hosting of the www.measuringhivstigma.com or its content.

2.11 UNAIDS has the right to remove any posts at his/her discretion. Any post using language deemed offensive will be removed.

2.12 UNAIDS, at its discretion, has the right to deny an individual or entity access to the consultation on www.measuringhivstigma.com.

3.Data use

3.1 UNAIDS is not bound to use any of the content provided by participants in informing the development of summary measure(s) of HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

3.2 UNAIDS reserves the right to revise, modify, use in a different context and/or manner than originally envisaged or not to use the information, data and/or content of this website.

3.3 Users can browse the public pages of www.measuringhivstigma.com without providing personal information. The page is developed using www.wordpress.org. WordPress collects the following non-personally identifying information during browsing to better understand use of the websites: IP (Internet Protocol) address, browser type, language preference, referring site, and date and time of requests. This information will not be connected with any personal information. Users who choose to register on www.measuringhivstigma.com will be asked to provide an email address, username and password. This information will be used to confirm registration on the site and will not be connected to contributions through the discussion forums. Users who choose to register will be asked to complete a brief demographic survey using www.surveymonkey.com. Through this site, the users IP address will be collected. Information provided through the survey will not be connected to any personal information or contributions through the discussion forum. This information will be used only to understand representativeness of participation and contributions in the consultation.

3.4 The page www.measuringhivstigma.com will be hosted by SiteGround Spain S.L. (“SiteGround”). SiteGround will collect the following non-personally identifying information during browsing to better understand use of the websites: IP (Internet Protocol) address, browser type, language preference, referring site, and date and time of requests. This information will not be connected with any personal information. Users may refer to SiteGround’s Privacy Policy on https://www.siteground.com/privacy.htm.


4.1 UNAIDS reserves the right to discontinue or alter any or all of www.measuringhivstigma.com services, and to stop publishing www.measuringhivstigma.com, at any time at its sole discretion and without notice or explanation.

4.2 UNAIDS will take no responsibility for or be liable for the website being temporarily unavailable in the event of technical or other issues.

5.Data protection

5.1 UNAIDS, as a joint and co-sponsored program of eleven United Nations agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank) being hosted by WHO, is not subject to any regional and/or national data protection legislation. UNAIDS shall ensure an appropriate protection of personal data in accordance with its applicable rules and procedures. In this connection, personal data collected by UNAIDS through www.measuringhivstigma.com shall be:

    • processed fairly, for legitimate purposes and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject;
    • collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes;
    • adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed;
    • accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
    • kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed; and
    • processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data.

5.2 Any personal information submitted to the website www.measuringhivstigma.com, whether by email or other means, will be used solely by UNAIDS and will not be disclosed to any third parties. The names and identities of contributors to this consultation will not be used in any documentation produced related to this process or any other processes. Inputs and comments provided during this virtual consultation will not be attributed to any individual.

6.Settlement of disputes

6.1 Every effort will be made to resolve amicably any matter that may arise concerning www.measuringhivstigma.com, and the contributions. In the unlikely event an amicable resolution cannot be found, the matter will be resolved by conciliation or by arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, with the arbitral award being final.