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Terms of Use

The following terms of use (“Terms of Use”) is an agreement between you, the user (“User”), and Health Union, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, governing your use of MultipleSclerosis.net, including any subdomains, blogs, embedded code or objects, or any web services (collectively, “MultipleSclerosis.net” or “Site”). Hereinafter, “Health Union” (or “we”) shall mean Health Union, LLC, and all parents, subsidiaries, intermediaries and affiliates thereof and all the officers, directors, Editorial Board Members (as defined in the Editorial Policy), board physicians, shareholders, employees and agents thereof.

IMPORTANT: Only your doctor can decide which medications are right for you. Never stop, start or change the way you use a prescription medicine without first consulting your doctor.

By using MultipleSclerosis.net you agree to comply fully with the Terms of Use of this Site as described herein. If you do not comply or agree with the Terms of Use of the Site you may not use, access, view or benefit from any information or services of this Site. Health Union may update the Terms of Use from time to time without notice to you. Your continued use of the Site will constitute your acceptance of such updates.

Last updated: December 17, 2014.

General Terms of Use

MultipleSclerosis.net DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. The information contained on this Site should never replace a doctor’s advice and recommendations. Your healthcare provider is the best resource to consult regarding what is best for you and your medical condition. If you have an emergency, call 911 or contact your doctor immediately. Reliance on (a) any content provided by MultipleSclerosis.net or (b) any comments made by third party users of the Site, is solely at your own risk and is not recommended.

MultipleSclerosis.net is for personal use only. You may not copy, reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise profit from the information found on MultipleSclerosis.net for non-personal use, or redistribute the information for non-personal use.

MultipleSclerosis.net is only for individuals ages 13 years or older. Additionally, if you are under 18, you may only use the Site under adult supervision, which adult is solely responsible for your conduct on this Site. If you are 13 years of age or under you should leave this site immediately.

MultipleSclerosis.net is only intended for and is only suitable for United States residents. If you do not live in the United States, the information on this site does not apply to you.

Intellectual Property

The term “Content” shall mean all copyright, designs, the “look and feel” of the Site, trademarks, and all other intellectual property rights including software and all HTML and other code contained in or run by this Site and all information such as the “look and feel” of the Site, data files, graphics, text, photographs, drawings, logos, rich media, including Flash and Silverlight, images, sounds, music, video, or audio files on this Site. You acknowledge and agree that all Content shall remain at all times vested in Health Union and/or are the property of their respective owners. All such Content is protected by federal and state laws and regulations and international treaty provisions. You are permitted to use the Content only as expressly authorized herein by Health Union and/or its third party licensors. Any reproduction or redistribution of Content is prohibited and may result in civil and criminal penalties. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing, copying and use of the above listed materials to any other server, location or support for publication, reproduction or distribution is expressly prohibited.

If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing our Copyright Agent with the following information in writing:

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;
  • A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Please contact our Copyright Agent at contact@MultipleSclerosis.net with “Copyright” in the subject.

Limitation of Liability

Health Union is not responsible or liable to you or anyone else for any loss or injury or indirect, incidental or other damages under any theory, including contract, negligence, or strict liability, arising out of the use of the Site or Content or the use of your information by Health Union or the Site, or the unavailability of the Site or Content.

Disclaimer of Warranties

YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND CONTENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SITE, ALL CONTENT, SERVICES, AND INFORMATION IS MADE AVAILABLE OR DISCUSSED ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THE SITE, IS PROVIDED “AS IS,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

HEALTH UNION MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR ENDORSEMENTS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY FOR ANY PURPOSE OF PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SITE.

IN NO EVENT SHALL HEALTH UNION BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OF THE WEB SITE OR WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE SAME, OR WITH HYPERTEXT OR GRAPHIC LINKS TO THIRD PARTIES, OR FOR ANY BREACH OF SECURITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRANSMISSION OF SENSITIVE INFORMATION THROUGH THE WEB SITE OR ANY LINKED SITE, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEB SITE, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF SAME, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF HEALTH UNION HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES AND EVEN IF SUCH DAMAGES RESULT FROM HEALTH UNION’S NEGLIGENCE OR GROSS NEGLIGENCE.

FURTHER, HEALTH UNION DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, WITH REGARD TO THE CONTENT, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND ALL OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED ON AND/OR MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE AVAILABILITY OF THIS SITE.

WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE TIMELINESS, VALIDITY, COMPLETENESS OR ACCURACY OF THE CONTENT. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS, MATERIALS OR CONTENT IN THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE. ADDITIONALLY WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT SITE WILL REMAIN FREE OF VIRUS OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW OR PERMIT THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAINS WARRANTIES; HEALTH UNION’S LIABILITY IN THESE JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Third Party Websites and Information

As a convenience to you, the Site provides links to other websites and sources of information (“Out Links”). In no circumstances is Health Union liable or responsible for the content contained or associated with any third party website. Health Union does not monitor or necessarily agree or know to be accurate any content contained or associated with any third party website. By clicking on an Out Link, you agree that Health Union shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or actions caused or alleged by or in connection to the use of any Out Link.

Advertising Policy

From time to time Health Union accepts responsible advertising. Advertising on MultipleSclerosis.net is clearly identified and surrounded by clearly viewable statements such as “ADVERTISEMENT,” “SPONSORED LINKS,” “SPONSOR RESOURCE CENTER” or other such distinctions. Health Union does not review or approve content in the advertisements. When clicking on a “banner advertisement” or entering a “sponsored page” you agree that Health Union shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or actions caused or alleged by or in connection to the use of these links and their content.

User Participation / Terms of Conduct

At MultipleSclerosis.net, we welcome patients’, caregivers’ and others’ thoughts, comments and experiences via our interactive forums, which include blogs, forums and reviews.

When contributing content to MultipleSclerosis.net, you acknowledge and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you contribute; that the content is accurate and non-confidential; that use of the content you supply does not violate these Terms of Use and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify Health Union or its affiliates for all claims resulting from content you supply. It is strictly forbidden to post any comment or any type of media that includes or stimulates, hate, abuse, race, pornography, political views, etc.

Health Union reserves the right to review, verify or monitor all activity and the accuracy of the information that you post. By contributing content, of any type, you grant to Health Union the perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable right to use or reproduce that content without attribution or compensation to you. Health Union reserves the right to remove, without warning or notice to the user, any content that Health Union believes, in its sole discretion, is unfit for MultipleSclerosis.net. This includes posts that are deemed to be overtly commercial in nature.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHEN PARTICIPATING IN OUR FORUMS AND BLOGS.

Please note that posts to MultipleSclerosis.net forums and blogs are viewable by the public and discoverable by search engines. When using our forums and blogs, some of your personally identifiable information (only if provided provided by you) such as your first or last name, might be displayed, making your information no longer private. Please bear this in mind when creating a user name and when posting using a first and/or last name.

User Contributed Content

The opinions expressed in MultipleSclerosis.net’s user-generated content, such as forums, blogs, reviews, ratings and other areas of the site are solely those of the authors, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.

These opinions and comments do not represent the opinions of Health Union and do not go through our editorial board or our Editorial Policy. Health Union does not assume liability for any of the user-generated content on the website. In some instances, opinions and comments may contain information about treatments or uses of prescription drugs that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Health Union does not endorse or encourage the use of non-FDA approved products, services or treatment.

Health Union reserves the right to remove user-generated content that is deemed to be offensive or irresponsible.

Although the information you might find in the user-generated areas of MultipleSclerosis.net might be useful to readers, the user-generated content should not be used to replace the physician-patient relationship and should not be viewed as medical advice. Do not stop taking your medication or change your treatment plan without talking to your doctor first. If you think that you require a medical emergency call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.

Disputes

You expressly agree that any dispute arising out of or in connection with the Site, its Content or these Terms of Use shall be decided in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law rules. You expressly consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in the State, City and County of New York and hereby waive any objection to jurisdiction and venue in such courts.

Privacy Policy

At Health Union we take your privacy seriously.

Health Union’s Privacy Policy has been established to help consumers understand the information we may collect or gather when you use and visit Multiplesclerosis.net. By using or visiting the Site you agree to comply with the Terms of Use and certify that you have fully reviewed and understand the Privacy Policy of Multiplesclerosis.net.

Keep in mind that the Privacy Policy applies only to Health Union-owned and -operated sites and does not apply to third party websites, webpages, blogs, applications, widgets or other experiences that we may link to, or that may be offered by third parties (“Third Party Sites”). Links to Third Party Sites are provided only for your convenience and, as such, you access them at your own risk.

Information Gathered

Personally Identifiable Information

Health Union does not collect personally identifiable information from you unless you have voluntarily provided it to us. “Personally Identifiable Information” means information that we can use to identify or contact you, such as your name, address, birth date, telephone number, health information, e-mail address and other information which is not publicly available.

It is important for you to understand that it is not mandatory for you to provide your Personally Identifiable Information to use or visit the Site. We only collect Personally Identifiable Information that you have provided it to us by choosing to register with the Site, signing up for any tools or services such as newsletters or alerts, or in the course of your participation in a forum, blog or other interactive activity. In addition, any Personally Identifiable Information you submit in connection with your participation in a contest, giveaway or other promotion sponsored by Health Union or any of its affiliates will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy, except as specifically set forth in the rules for those contests, giveaways or promotions.

Non-Personal Information

We may also gather some Non-Personal Information about you during your use or visit to the Site. Non-Personal Information is information that cannot be used to identify or contact you and may include information about your computer or mobile device, including operating system information and browser type, as well as the date and time of your visit. Non-Personal Information may be collected on the Site via different technologies including cookies (small text files that identify your computer) and web beacons (image files that measures how many people are using our Site and selected sponsor areas).

We may set and access cookies on your computer or mobile device to track and store preferential information about you, to limit the amount of times you see a particular offer or to help better determine which tools will best serve to you. Most Internet browsers allow you to stop cookies from being stored on your computer and to delete cookies stored on your computer. Please note, however, that if you choose to eliminate cookies, certain services and features of the Site may be impaired.

Web beacons are images embedded in a Web page or email for the purpose of measuring and analyzing site usage and activity. Health Union, or third party service providers acting on our behalf, may use web beacons to help us analyze Site usage and improve the services we provide to you.

Information collected on the Site will be gathered by us directly or through third party service providers working on our behalf. We do not share any Personally Identifiable Information about our visitors with any third party service providers, and these service providers do not collect such information on our behalf.

Google Analytics

We may use Google Analytics to analyze the audience of the Site and improve our content. Personally Identifiable Information is not collected from Google Analytics. Further information about how Google Analytics collects and processes data, please visit the following site: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/

Google Analytics enables us and our third party vendors, including Google, to match the interests of our Site’s visitors with appropriate ads after they leave our website through remarketing services. As a result, a visitor to our Site may see a customized advertisement on a Google search results page, or other webpage, after leaving the Site. Data collected through the use of “DoubleClick cookies” does not include your Personally Identifiable Information and will only be used in accordance with this Privacy Policy and Google’s privacy policy. You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you by visiting Google’s Ads Settings page here: http://www.google.com/settings/ads. You can also permanently opt-out of the Google Analytics Advertising Features you by visiting this page: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Information Gathered By Third Parties

Some services, content and advertisements which appear on the Site are hosted on, or contain links to, Third Party Sites. Health Union does not control or endorse any Third Party Sites. If you provide Personally Identifiable Information to the Third Part Sites, remember that the privacy policies of those third parties apply. We are not responsible or liable for any content presented by or contained on any Third Party Sites, including, but not limited to, any advertising claims or marketing practices. We also are not responsible or liable for any privacy or security policies of any Third Party Site.

In addition, if you participate in the interactive features on the Site (by posting comments or testimonials) or if you share information with social media sites (such as Facebook® or Twitter®), you should be aware that any information you submit there can be read, collected or used by other users and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the information you choose to disclose and make public in these forums.

What We May Do With the Information We Gather

We collect information on the Site for the following purposes:

  • to evaluate the quality of the information, provide more relevant content, analyze Site usage, and improve the Site;
  • for the specific purpose for which it was volunteered (for example, to respond to your inquiries or fulfill a request you made using the Site);
  • to deliver communications or obtain feedback relevant to your use of the Site;
  • to develop, market, sell or provide products and services;
  • for market research, project planning, troubleshooting problems, detecting and protecting against error, fraud or other criminal activity; and
  • as permitted by, and to comply with, any legal or regulatory requirements, process or provisions.

In order to serve you better, we may also combine information you provide to us on the Site with information from third parties, including demographic or public information.

Health Union also may use your Non-Personal Information to present you with targeted content and advertisements (including on third party websites and applications). Such targeted content and advertisements may include marketing for the Site, or the sites, products or services of our business and advertising partners. Your Non-Personal Information also may be used to optimize and determine the effectiveness of content and advertisements, analyze interactions with content and advertisements.

Some of our third party advertisers or display networks may participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising and allow consumers to opt-out of targeted advertising based on web activity tracking. For more information regarding the foregoing, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ . Please note that after clicking the link and following the instructions provided therein, even if our third party advertisers or display networks participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising and you opt out of targeted advertising based on web activity tracking, you still may receive standard advertisements from us and targeted advertisements from third parties. You may need to re-click the link and follow the instructions provided therein if you delete cookies or other similar technology or use a different computer, device or browser.

How We May Share the Information We Gather

Health Union will only share Personally Identifiable Information with a sponsor or third party in the following limited circumstances:

  • You have expressly consented to our sharing of the information (for example, if you have indicated an interest in receiving information about a clinical trial, we may share your e-mail address with the trial sponsor); or
  • We have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of Health Union, its users or the public as required or permitted by law;
  • In the event that Health Union or substantially all of its assets are or may be acquired by a third party, or is the subject of any merger, reorganization, or liquidation, in which case Personally Identifiable Information about the Site’s users may be one of the transferred assets.

In addition, we may provide Non-Personal Information to current or potential sponsors, advertisers and other relevant third parties.

Your Cookies Preferences

Health Union believes in providing you with an optimal experience and may use the data provided through cookies or web beacons to display advertisements or content that match your preferences.

You always have the option to set your browser cookies setting as you wish. You can at any time decide to delete all cookies on your computer. It is important for you to know that for an optimal use of Health Union operated sites, your browser should accept cookies, as it will enable us to experience all the tools and functionalities available on the Site.

How We Respond to “Do Not Track” Signals

Our Site does not respond to or alter its practices detailed herein based upon your selection of the “Do Not Track” setting or other “opt out” setting or feature that may be offered by your browser; however, we reserve the right to do so in the future.

Protection of Children

As clearly stated in our Terms of Use, this Site is not intended for use by children. If you are 18 years of age or under, you are not authorized to submit any Personally Identifiable Information to Health Union and should leave this site immediately. We do not knowingly collect any data for anyone under the age of 18 years of age.

Opt Out

You may use the Site without providing any Personally Identifiable Information. If you sign up on this Site to receive electronic newsletters or promotional emails from Health Union, including new ideas, special offers and event information, or to otherwise receive communications about our or our partners’ products and services, you have the right at any time to opt out of receiving marketing emails or to specify which, if any, communications you would like to receive from us by emailing contact@health-union.com or clicking the unsubscribe link provided at the bottom of all communications we send. There is no charge to you to unsubscribe.

Protection of Personally Identifiable Information

Health Union uses reasonable administrative, physical and electronic security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of Personally Identifiable Information. No transmission of data over the internet is guaranteed to be completely secure. It may be possible for third parties not under the control of Health Union to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully. While we strive to protect personally identifiable information, neither Health Union nor our service providers can ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us over the internet, in particular on open forums. Any such transmission is at your own risk.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, concerns, regarding your privacy or our Privacy Policy you can contact us at contact@health-union.com

Contact us

For General inquiries

Email us at contact@health-union.com or call us at 484-985-9715

For Marketing Opportunities

Email us at contact@health-union.com or call us at 484-985-9715

For all other inquiries (link to us, editorial question, etc.)

Email us at contact@health-union.com or call us at 484-985-9715

Written Correspondence can be sent to:

Health Union, LLC
1 International Plaza
Suite 550
Philadelphia, PA 19113

Changes to This Privacy Policy

Health Union may change this Privacy Policy from time to time and may make such changes, which will become effective immediately. We encourage our users to visit this page and the Terms of Use on a regular basis to ensure that you have read the most recent version. You can determine when the Privacy Policy was last revised by referring to the “Last Revised” legend at the bottom of this page. If you do not accept the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Site. Your continued use of this Site following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will be considered your consent to those changes.

Last Revised: December 17th, 2014

Last updated: January 1, 1970

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It is important for you to understand that it is not mandatory for you to provide your personally identifiable information and other possible information about you to use or visit MultipleSclerosis.net. We will not collect your personally identifiable information unless it has been clearly provided by you. If you decide to sign up to any tools (newsletters, alerts, participate in games, polls, sweepstakes or other activities, participate in forums or blogs, [MS tools], etc), you will need to provide your personally identifiable information to us along with your clear consent for us to use it. We may provide, only with your approval, a limited amount of your personally identifiable information, such as your email or mailing address, with our partner or sponsors. As we do not control third party websites to which we provide links, the collection and use of your personally identifiable information by such websites shall be subject to the policies and procedures of those third party websites. We may also gather some non-personally identifiable information about you during your use or visit to the site via cookies (small text files that identify your computer) or web beacons (code that measures how many people are using our MultipleSclerosis.net and selected sponsor areas). You can be sure that no personally identifiable information will be collected from you without you voluntarily providing it to us.

What We May Do With the Information We Gather

We collect data (zip code, age, gender, preferences) at an aggregate level (non personal information and at a mass level) to evaluate the quality of the information we provide on the Site. We also provide relevant information at an aggregate level to potential sponsors, advertisers and other relevant third parties. In these instances we do not provide these third parties with any personally identifiable information. Health Union may use the services of a third party company to serve advertisements and collect some data on the site. If you provide the sponsor or advertiser your information, remember that the privacy policies of these third parties apply. Health Union believes in providing you with an optimal experience and may use the data provided through your cookies or web beacons to display advertisements or content that match your preferences. Health Union will not share or sell to third parties, without your permission, your personally identifiable information except as noted within this policy Although unlikely, if we are requested by government agencies or required by law to disclose your personally identifiable information, we will comply with those requests.

Your Cookies Preferences

You always have the option to set your browser cookies setting as you wish. You can at any time decide to delete all cookies on your computer. It is important for you to know that for an optimal use of Health Union operated sites, your browser should accept cookies, as it will enable us to provide you an optimal experience.

Protection of Children

As clearly stated in our terms of use, this site is not intended to attract children. If you are 13 years of age or under you should leave this site immediately. We do not collect any data for anyone under the age of 13 years of age.

Opt Out

You can decide to opt out and remove your personally identifiable information at any time. You can opt out by logging to your account and click on "manage my account" or at the bottom of any electronic communication coming from us or by sending us an email.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, concerns, regarding your privacy or our Privacy Policy you can contact us at contact@health-union.com

Contact us

For General inquiries

Email us at contact@health-union.com or call us at 484-985-9715

For Marketing Opportunities

Email us at contact@health-union.com or call us at 484-985-9715

For all other inquiries (link to us, editorial question, etc.)

Email us at contact@health-union.com or call us at 484-985-9715

Written Correspondence can be sent to:

Health Union, LLC 1 International Plaza Suite 550 Philadelphia, PA 19113
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