This page documents our policy on what content is acceptable to be included on AIDSvideos.org. It is a work in progress.

Educational Videos

To be hosted on or linked to from AIDSvideos.org, educational videos must meet the following criteria:

Guideline
Example of Hypothetical Statement Meeting Guideline
Example of Hypothetical Statement Not Meeting Guideline Notes
scientifically and medically accurate
"The virus called HIV causes the disease called AIDS."
"HIV doesn't cause AIDS."
"Colloidal silver cures AIDS."
We will use the test for "scientific" of "a consensus in the relevant scientific community," as defined in the U.S. Supreme Court case Daubert vs. Dow Pharmaceutical.
up to date at time of submission

"AZT is the only drug available to treat AIDS."

encourages people to reduce their risk of contracting / spreading HIV
"If you are sexually active, be faithful to a single partner and use a condom or dental dam (as appropriate) every time."
"Abstinence is the only way to reduce your risk of contracting HIV."

tolerant and accepting rather than stigmatizing
"Every person's life has value."
"AIDS is God's punishment on [insert stigmatized group here]."

nonpolitical, nonpartisan
"Increasing funding for needle exchange programs might be one way to reduce the transmission of HIV."
Statements directly supporting or opposing particular candidates, parties, etc.


Interviews

As part of our effort to educate people about HIV/AIDS and ways of addressing the problem, AIDSvideos.org will host interviews with people who are addressing the problem. Generally speaking, the criteria for interviews to be acceptable for hosting by/linking from AIDSvideos.org are the same as those for educational videos. However, there is some additional flexibility to accommodate the fact that these are in essence news interviews with individual people. Interviewees may describe the organizations they are part of and how those organizations are addressing HIV/AIDS. Such organizations might be secular or religious in nature. Interviewees may describe briefly how addressing HIV/AIDS fits in to their own belief system and/or their organization's mission statement. Therefore interviewees may make reference to their own or to their organization's belief system in the course of explaining their motivation on working for HIV/AIDS. As a result, interviewees may make some statements in this connection that are not scientific in nature or subject to scientific proof or disproof. For example, an interviewee might say "I believe that [religious figure] said we should heal the sick, and for this reason we are treating people at our hospital who have HIV/AIDS." This would be acceptable. On the other hand, a specific direct evangelical pitch encouraging people to convert to a specific religion or belief system (or disparaging other religions or belief systems) would not be appropriate for hosting on the web site.

Keep in mind that speakers in interviews are solely responsible for the accuracy of their comments. If a speaker says "our organization spends 87% of its contributions on direct program aid with only 6% for fundraising and 7% for administrative overhead," the speaker is responsible for the accuracy of that statement, not AIDSvideos.org. AIDSvideos.org will not host videos with statements that we know to be false. However, we lack the resources to audit every statement by every speaker.

Testimonials

As part of our effort to educate people about HIV/AIDS and ways of addressing the problem, AIDSvideos.org will host personal testimonials by people who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Examples include people who have HIV/AIDS and their friends, partners, loved ones, family members, and caregivers. Broadly speaking, the criteria for personal testimonials to be acceptable for hosting by/linking from AIDSvideos.org are similar to those for educational videos. However, there is significant additional flexibility to accommodate the fact that these are personal statements of experience and belief by individual people. As such, they may contain references to personal experience or personal belief systems that may not be scientific in nature or subject to scientific proof or disproof. For example, an interviewee might say:
All of these statements would be acceptable. Testimonials, as a result, may include statements of personal belief or personal experience that other people will disagree with. On the other hand, a specific direct evangelical pitch encouraging people to convert to a specific religion or belief system (or disparaging other religions or belief systems) would not be appropriate for hosting on or linking from the web site.

Speakers with a Religious Affiliation

AIDSvideos.org is open to religious believers and nonbelievers alike. This immediately raises a difficult question: which religion(s) should be eligible to have their speakers make a statement on this web site?

Reasonable people would probably agree that Jim Jones, head of the "People's Temple" suicide cult in Guyana, would not be an acceptable speaker for the web site were he still alive today. Conversely, most would probably believe that statements by Mother Teresa might be good candidates for inclusion on the web site. So, where do we draw the line between Jim Jones and Mother Teresa?

If a speaker makes reference to their religion in their video or is affiliated with a religion, for that video to be eligible for hosting on or linking from AIDSvideos.org, the religion must meet the following criteria:
Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu, Islam, and Judaism would be examples of religions that are eligible for inclusion on the web site. The decision of eligibility is by its nature a subjective judgement call and will be made by AIDSvideos.org in its sole discretion.

Alternate Listing at SafeForAll.org

AIDSvideos.org includes videos with frank, open, and accurate discussions of sexual behavior and drug use that are intended for a mature audience. Some people or organizations may prefer not to have their videos listed within the context of a site that includes such content. When AIDSvideos.org receives such a request, it may at its sole option voluntarily choose to link to videos about or from those organizations at the alternative "family oriented" web site SafeForAll.org. Like all other web sites, AIDSvideos.org has an absolute right protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution to speak freely; this includes freedom of speech (statements) as well as the freedom to link to other pages on the Internet. All decisions on listing placement are at the sole discretion of AIDSvideos.org. To find additional videos not listed at AIDSvideos.org, visit SafeForAll.org.

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