Terms of Use

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Effective date: May 31, 2024

Acceptance of Terms

Welcome to Asking For A Friend (AFAF). This is a legal document that explains your rights as a user and the ways in which the website is intended to be used.

  1. California Disclaimer

    All services listed on Asking For A Friend (AFAF) are intended solely for users in the state of California. All terms of service and privacy policies outlined herein are designed to govern usage within the jurisdiction of California. Users accessing this website from outside California do so at their own risk.

  2. Decision Support Tool and FAQ Library

    AFAF consists of a collection of quizzes and frequently asked questions that provide guidance on a range of sexual, reproductive, and mental health topics. This content does not substitute for the advice of a medical provider. The information shared is intended solely as general guidance and does not constitute legal, medical, or other professional advice.,

  3. Service Finder

    The AFAF service finder feature comprises a list of healthcare providers and resources within the state of California. The majority of providers come directly from Power to Decide's healthcare database and the others are sourced by the AFAF team directly. Should a user reach out and receive services from any of the providers listed, AFAF is not responsible for the conduct of the provider nor the guidance they give. All services and resources shared on service finder are intended solely for users in the state of California. As each state has its own laws regarding adolescent reproductive healthcare, we cannot currently recommend services in other states. However, we do encourage you to check ReproductiveRights.gov to learn about your rights in your home state.

  4. Limitations on Linking

    You may establish a hypertext link to the AFAF site so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of your site. However, you may not, without our prior written permission, frame or inline link any of the content of the site. You may not incorporate into another website or service any of our material, content, or intellectual property.

  5. User Conduct

    You agree and warrant that you will not use AFAF to participate in anything that is either illegal or inconsistent with these Terms of Use, or that we deem improper. This includes, but is not limited to, piracy, copyright infringement, harassment of other users, or violent behavior. You agree to use AFAF in accordance with all applicable laws. You agree that you will only access AFAF through the interfaces we provide. You agree not to ”hack” our site, reverse-engineer, or take any action that could have the effect of damaging AFAF or its security, or interfere with other users’ use of AFAF, either on the web or through another device.

  6. Our Intellectual Property

    Except as otherwise specified in these Terms, all individual articles, content, and other elements comprising AFAF are also copyrighted works. All copyright rights in AFAF and these works are owned by YLabs (AFAF’s parent organization) or its third-party licensors to the full extent permitted under the United States Copyright Act and all international copyright laws, and are provided for your educational and non-commercial purposes only.

    You agree to use AFAF only for your own personal and non-commercial use. We do not grant you license to use AFAF for any other purpose.You may not copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, enter into a database, display, perform, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any way exploit any part of AFAF without our express written permission. You may post about AFAF on your own personal social media accounts. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you may not distribute any part of AFAF over any network, including a local area network, nor sell or offer it for sale.

    To request express written permission to copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, enter into a database, display, perform, modify, create derivative works, transmit, distribute or in any way exploit any part of AFAF, please contact us at askingforafriend@ylabsglobal.org. All rights in the product names, company names, trade names, logos, product packaging, and designs of all AFAF or third-party products or services, whether or not appearing in large print or with the trademark symbol, belong exclusively to YLabs or their respective owners, and are protected from reproduction, imitation, dilution; or confusing or misleading uses under national and international trademark and copyright laws. The use or misuse of these trademarks or any materials, except as permitted herein, is expressly prohibited, and nothing stated or implied on AFAF confers on you any license or right under any patent or trademark of YLabs or any third party.

  7. Limitation of Liability

    You understand that AFAF is an online service, and you agree that we will not be responsible for any damages that you claim result, directly or indirectly, from use of the website, for any reason, including costs incurred while using AFAF, the inaccessibility of AFAF, or the costs associated with any claims you bring or try to bring against us.

    Specifically, but without limitation, you agree not to hold AFAF liable for damages you claim are caused by third parties who you contact using AFAF. In no event will YLabs or its affiliates, or any party involved in creating, producing, or delivering the site, be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, special, or punitive damages arising out of your access, use, misuse, or inability to use the site or any linked sites, or in connection with any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, or line or system failure.

    These limitations apply whether the alleged liability is based on contract, tort, negligence, strict liability, or any other basis, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, our liability in such jurisdictions shall be limited to the extent permitted by law.

  8. Indemnity

    You agree to indemnify YLabs and our officers, directors, owners, employees, agents, information providers, affiliates, partners, and licensors against, and hold the YLabs parties harmless from liability, losses, costs, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) incurred as a result of your use of AFAF or claims made in connection with such use.

    For example, and without limitation, if you use AFAF to do something illegal, you agree not to sue us if another party takes action against you for it, and if you do sue us you would have to pay our costs and attorney’s fees in defending that action. Also, if any other party takes action against you or if your property is damaged in connection with your legal use of AFAF even if that use is permitted by these Terms of Use, you agree not to sue us. If you try to sue us even though you have agreed not to do so, you would be responsible for our costs and legal fees in connection with our defense of that suit.

  9. Disclaimer of Warranties

    This site is provided “as is.” YLabs makes no representation or warranty of any kind whatsoever relating to the site, linked sites, user submissions, or other content that may be accessible directly or indirectly through the site. YLabs disclaims to the maximum extent permitted by law any and all such representations and warranties.

    Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, YLabs disclaims to the maximum extent permitted by law any and all (a) warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, (b) warranties against infringement of any third-party intellectual property or proprietary rights, (c) warranties relating to the transmission or delivery of the site, (d) warranties relating to the accuracy, reliability, correctness, or completeness of data made available on the site or otherwise by YLabs, and (e) warranties otherwise relating to performance, nonperformance, or other acts or omissions by YLabs or any third party. Further, there is no warranty that the site will meet your needs or requirements or the needs or requirements of any other person.

    YLabs makes no warranties or representations, express or implied, (a) that the information provided through the site will be free from error, omission, interruption, defect, or delay in operation, or from technical inaccuracies or typographical errors; (b) that the site will be available at any particular time or location; (c) that defects or errors in the site will be corrected; or (d) that the content on the site is free of viruses or other harmful components. Any information on this site is subject to change without notice, and YLabs disclaims all responsibility for these changes.

  10. Governing Law / Entire Agreement

    You agree that any dispute between you and YLabs will be governed by the law of California, and that any legal action brought by one party against the other will be brought in the courts of California. Unless otherwise specified herein, these Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and YLabs and governs your use of AFAF, superseding any prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals in any form between you and YLabs. If any part of this Terms of Use agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision, and the remainder of the Terms of Use shall remain in effect.

  11. Privacy Policy

    A separate web page, the Privacy Policy, explains our handling of personal information we maintain about you while you use AFAF. By using this site, you indicate that you understand and agree to the information collection, use, and disclosure practices described in our Privacy Policy, so you should review it before using the site. If you have questions about our privacy practices, you can always contact us at askingforafriend@ylabsglobal.org.

  12. Changes to Terms and Conditions

    From time to time, we may make modifications to this agreement. We may make these changes at any time, and your continued use of AFAF constitutes your acknowledgment that you agree to this new agreement. Please periodically review the Terms of Use by clicking the “Terms of Use” button at the bottom of every AFAF web page because this agreement is binding on you.

  13. Additional Agreements

    From time to time, we might also offer certain services that require an additional agreement. When this is required, we will provide the additional agreement to you when you try to access such a service. By accepting these Terms of Use, you agree to read and understand any additional agreement before accessing the service that it covers, because using that service indicates your acceptance of these Terms of Use and any additional agreement.

  14. No Professional Advice

    Any information supplied by any employee or agent of YLabs, whether by telephone, email, letter, facsimile, or other form of communication, is intended solely as general guidance on the use of AFAF and does not constitute legal, medical, or other professional advice. Individual situations and state laws vary and users are encouraged to obtain appropriate advice from qualified professionals in the applicable jurisdictions.

  15. No Waiver

    You agree that our failure to enforce any provisions of these Terms of Use or respond to a breach by you or other parties does not in any way waive our right to enforce subsequently any terms or conditions of the Terms of Use or to act with respect to similar breaches.

  16. Miscellaneous

    You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and YLabs as a result of these Terms of Use or your access to and use of AFAF. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to the Terms of Use to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.

If you have any questions about the above Terms of Use or if you don’t understand them, please send us a message at askingforafriend@ylabsglobal.org before using AFAF.