This page documents our policy on what content is acceptable to be included on AIDSvideos.org. It is a work in progress.
- Educational Videos
- Speakers with a Religious Affiliation
- Alternate Listing at SafeForAll.org
of Hypothetical Statement Meeting Guideline
||Example of Hypothetical Statement Not Meeting Guideline||Notes
|scientifically and medically
||"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
||"Every person's life has value."
||"AIDS is God's punishment on
[insert stigmatized group here]."
||"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.
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.
- "My faith in [religious figure] has helped me find the strength
to go on in spite of the difficult case of AIDS I have."
- "I believe that I have grown/changed/become stronger as a result
of the experiences I've had facing HIV/AIDS."
- "My life is much better now that I have stopped using heroin."
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:
- Longstanding: the religion must have been in existence for at least 100 years.
- Nonviolent: the religion and its significant figure(s) must not encourage or condone the use of violence.
- Significant base of followers: the religion must have a signicant number of followers worldwide.
- Open belief system: the religion must make its tenets publicly known to all.
- Open places of worship: the religion's places of worship must typically be open to the public.
- Nonisolating: the religion must not encourage its followers in general to isolate themselves from nonbelievers.
- The religion must not meet the criteria for a "cult" defined in
the book Releasing the Bonds
by Steven Hassan. Note that these criteria are independent of a
religion's theology and instead define "cult" by reference to behaviors
such as cutting off contact with non-members.
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.