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Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode

HONcode status The health Website
AfroAIDSinfo, an HIV/AIDS portal for southern Africa
is in compliance with the HONcode

Title of the site:AfroAIDSinfo, an HIV/AIDS portal for southern Africa
Web address:http://www.afroaidsinfo.org/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct453361
Date of initial review: 18 Nov 2002
Validity of certificate13 Sep 2012 - Sep 2014
Date of last visit04 Oct 2012

This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy

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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

The responsible of the certified site commits to keep the site in compliance with the HON code principles for the duration of the certification.

Although measures such as a complaint mechanism, the periodical review and the automatic surveillance mechanisms are put in place to guarantee the compliance of the certified website with the ethical principles of HON as much as possible, incidental inaccuracies cannot be completely excluded. In no event the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use or inability to use HON certified websites nor can the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) be held liable for the content of these certified websites, including, but not limited to the information of third-parties or hyperlinks accessible via HON certified websites.

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
Editorial board
An editorial board, consisting of experts in their respective fields, assesses the scientific validity of material submitted via the category managers/editors. Their main aim is to protect the image of the MRC as a credible scientific research organisation and the image of AfroAIDSinfo as a credible source of HIV- and AIDS-related information. The material is submitted via a listserv to the members of the board, who are required to comment on the material within two weeks of it being submitted.

If any member of the editorial board feels that the subject matt...
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2. Presentation of the site
A web-based information portal developed by the South African Medical Research Council. It provides up-to-date, scientifically accurate information on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) with a specific focus on the southern African region.
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AfroAIDSinfo strives to meet the information needs and promote thought leaders among scientific researchers, health professionals, policy makers, educators and the general public.
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Purpose of the website
AfroAIDSinfo does not aim to prescribe, diagnose or offer medical advice. It must also be emphasized that information provided should not replace medical consultation.
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3. Confidentiality
Information provided by an individual, either by submissions or through the registration process, will be treated privately and confidentially. The AfroAIDSinfo consortium will only use registration details for further development of this initiative.
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4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.
* Anon, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health | UNDP. Available at: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/hiv-aids/hiv-and-the-law--risks--rights---health.html [Accessed July 10, 2012a].
* Anon, Reports | Global Commission on Drug Policy. Available at: http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/reports/ [Accessed July 10, 2012b].
* Kotzé, M., 2...
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Last updated: 2 August, 2012
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5. Justification of claims
Latest article

The link between antiretrovirals and hormonal contraception
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6. User support and adequation
Contact details
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7. Disclosure of funding sources
Our funders and collaborators
Initial funding was provided by the International AIDS Society (IAS); Bristol-Myers Squibb HIV/AIDS Research Institute "Secure the Future"; and the South African Medical Research Council. Individual projects are now funded through collaborations with the Protea Education Development Project that includes IrishAID and the Human Dignity Foundation as well as our collaboration with the Sexual Violence Research Initiative.
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8. Advertising policy
The AfroAIDSinfo portal does not carry advertisements.
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