Your privacy and confidentiality are important to us.

The information on this page will assist you in maintaining your privacy on your own computer or a public computer when using Internet Explorer or Netscape browsers to view this website. It also provides links to other privacy related documents, tools and their uses.

Steps taken to protect your privacy include:

Privacy Policy

All information relating to a member of the Positive Women’s Network (PWN) will be treated as confidential, whether written (including emails), verbal, or in another form. “Member” is defined as any woman living with HIV/AIDS who has met the PWN membership requirements, and who has registered as a member with the agency. “Confidentiality” means that any and all PWN Website Administrators (including PWN staff, website administrators, healthcare advisors and professionals, consultants and support workers), will not disclose any information received from an individual accessing this site or otherwise using the services of PWN, unless given permission to do so in the manner outlined below.

The Positive Women’s Network (PWN) acknowledges that:

1. PWN Website Administrators respect the confidentiality of any information relating to individual personnel records, PWN business or member files.

2. Members have the right to have all personal information they choose to share with PWN Website Administrators, held in strict confidence. Administrators will respect this confidentiality, but may share essential information with other staff involved in the continued care of the member (i.e. for providing better service, or for the safety of the member).

3. Members have the right to see any personal information recorded on file pertaining to them and their use of services.

4. Personal information about members may be released upon a court order or as required by law.

5. PWN Website Administrators will not disclose the names of, or information pertaining to members to any person not also affiliated with PWN, unless they obtain the specific prior written or verbal consent of the individual involved.

7. Examples coming from individual experiences for the purposes of public education, training or research may be used as long as the identities of these individuals are protected. Names may not be disclosed in these circumstances unless prior consent is obtained from the individual. By using the PWN site, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to these Terms.

Hide Site Button

The Hide Site button at the top right corner of this site allows you to instantly hide the PWN website from your screen. Think of this button as a direct “escape”. When you hit this button, your browser will immediately transfer you to www.google.ca.

If you are using a shared computer, such as within a family-setting, library, school, office or internet café, other people may be able to see your screen as you are visiting this site. If you fear disclosure of your HIV+ status, or if you want to keep your visits to this site private, then you may wish to use this function.

To hide the PWN website from your screen:

1. Hit the Hide Site button.
2. Your browser will immediately transfer you to www.google.ca.
3. To return to the PWN website, hit the “Back” button in the top left corner of your tool bar.

Erasing Your Internet Tracks

A cookie is a file that is stored on your computer. It contains data passed from websites to your computer so that websites can “communicate” with this file when you return to the site. If other people have access to a computer where a cookie is stored, then they may be able to find out what websites you have been visiting. If you are using a shared computer, such as within a family-setting, library, school, office or internet café, other people may be able to determine what websites you have visited. If you fear disclosure of your HIV+ status, or if you want to keep your visits to PWN website private, then you may wish to learn how to erase your internet tracks after visiting this site.

There are a number of “tracks” left on a computer (private or public) after browsing the Internet. These are Temporary Internet Files (and/or Cache in Netscape), Cookies, and History (and location bar in Netscape). All of these items can be erased or deleted so that the average computer user cannot determine what the previous user has been viewing. The following instructions outline how to erase your Internet tracks in most versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape.

Internet Explorer:

To delete your Temporary Internet Files:
1. Open Internet Explorer (IE)
2. Select Tools
3. Under Tools, select Internet Options
4. In Internet Options, under the General Tab in the Temporary Internet Files section, select Delete Files (delete both Temporary Internet Files and Offline Content)
5. Under the General Tab in Temporary Internet Files section, select Settings
6. In Settings, in the Check for newer versions of stored pages section, select Every visit to the page

To delete your Computer Cookies:
7. Follow steps 1-3 above
8. In Internet Options, under the General Tab in the Temporary Internet Files section, select Delete Cookies then click OK

To clear your History:
9. Follow steps 1-3 above
10. In Internet Options, under the General Tab in the History section, select Clear History
11. Click on Apply and then click OK

Netscape:

To clear your History & Location Bar:
1. Open Netscape
2. Select Edit
3. Under Edit, select Preferences
4. Within Preferences, Click + sign or Arrow next to Navigator
5. Then click on History
6. Under History, select Clear History and then Clear Location Bar

To delete your Computer Cookies:
7. Follow steps 1-3 above
8. Within Preferences, Click + sign or Arrow next to Privacy & Security
9. Select Cookies
10. Under Cookies, select Manage Stored Cookies
11. Under Manage Stored Cookies, select Clear All Cookies and then click Close

To clear the Cache:
12. Follow steps 1-3 above
13. Within Preferences, Click + sign or Arrow next to Advanced
14. Then click on Cache
15. Under Cache, select Clear Memory Cache
16. Select Clear Disk Cache
17. Select Document in cache is compared to document on network: every time

Secure Donations

Donations can be made online to PWN through CanadaHelps.org. This website is not, at this time, considered a secure website. As such, we do not collect donations directly through this website. Your donations are handled securely through CanadaHelps.org.