Clinicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm the information contained in this site because no single reference or service can take the place of medical training, education, and experience.
Consumers are cautioned that this site is not intended to provide medical advice about any specific medical condition or treatment, and they are encouraged to call or see their clinician or other health care provider promptly with any health-related questions they have.
This website links to websites maintained by other entities. Reasonable precautions are taken to link only to websites which are appropriate, accurate, and maintained by reputable organizations. However, those web pages are not under the direction or control of this website, and this website can therefore not be held responsible for the information or opinions expressed in those linked sites.
B) Copyright Terms
The names of the New York State Department of Health, National Quality Center, or its staff may not be used in publicity or advertising without permission. Exceptions to this include listings on web indexes, search engines, and related systems.
C) Home Privacy Statement Privacy Statement
Consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law, this policy describes the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute's privacy practices regarding information collected from users of this website. This policy describes what information is collected and how that information is used.
For purposes of this policy, "personal information" means any information concerning a person which, because of name, number, symbol, mark, or other identifier, can be used to identify that person. The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an e-mail, responding to a survey, or completing an online transaction.
2) Information Collected Automatically When You Visit this Website
None of the foregoing information is deemed to constitute personal information. The information that is collected automatically is used to improve this website's content and to help the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute understand how users are interacting with the website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users, and to improve the utility of the material available on the website. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from the website for commercial marketing purposes.
If you wish, you may complete a registration to personalize this website and permit a "persistent cookie" to be stored on your computer's hard drive. This persistent cookie will allow the website to recognize you when you visit again and tailor the information presented to you based on your needs and interests. The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute uses persistent cookies only with your permission.
The software and hardware you use to access the website allows you to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies. Refusing or deleting these cookies may limit your ability to take advantage of some features of this website.
4) Information Collected When You E-mail this Website or Complete a Transaction
During your visit to this website, you may complete a transaction such as a survey, registration, or order form. The information, including personal information, volunteered by you in completing the transaction is used by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute to operate New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute programs, which include the provision of goods, services, and information. The information collected by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute may be disclosed by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute for those purposes that may be reasonably ascertained from the nature and terms of the transaction in which the information was submitted.
The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute does not knowingly collect personal information from children or create profiles of children through this website. Users are cautioned, however, that the collection of personal information submitted in an e-mail will be treated as though it was submitted by an adult, and may, unless exempted from access by federal or State law, be subject to public access. The Agency strongly encourages parents and teachers to be involved in children's Internet activities and to provide guidance whenever children are asked to provide personal information online.
5) Information and Choice
6) Disclosure of Information Collected Through This Website
However, the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute may collect or disclose personal information without consent if the collection or disclosure is: (1) necessary to perform the statutory duties of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, or necessary for the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute to operate a program authorized by law, or authorized by state or federal statute or regulation; (2) made pursuant to a court order or by law; (3) for the purpose of validating the identity of the user; or (4) of information to be used solely for statistical purposes that is in a form that cannot be used to identify any particular person.
Further, the disclosure of information, including personal information, collected through this website is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.
The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute may also disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute's information technology assets.
7) Retention of Information Collected Through this Website
8) Access to and Correction of Personal Information Collected Through this Website
Except as otherwise provided by law, the privacy compliance officer shall, within five (5) business days of the receipt of a proper request, provide access to the personal information; deny access in writing, explaining the reasons thereof; or acknowledge the receipt of the request in writing, stating the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied, which date shall not be more than thirty (30) days from the date of the acknowledgment.
In the event that the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute has collected personal information pertaining to a user through the state agency website and that information is to be provided to the user pursuant to the user's request, the privacy compliance officer shall inform the user of his or her right to request that the personal information be amended or corrected under the procedures set forth in section 95 of the Public Officers Law, except as otherwise provided by law.
9) Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal Information Collected Through This Website
In addition, the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of this website as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.
For website security purposes and to maintain the availability of the website for all users, the Agency employs software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage this website.
The following definitions apply to, and appear in italics, in this policy:
Personal Information shall have the meaning set forth in subdivision 5 of section 202 of the State Technology Law.
State Agency Website shall have the meaning set forth in subdivision 7 of section 202 of the State Technology Law.
User shall have the meaning set forth in subdivision 8 of section 202 of the State Technology Law.
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