Terms of Use

Answer at Rutgers University is pleased to provide the Sex, Etc. website as an online resource for sexuality and health related information for users thirteen years of age and older. By visiting this site, you agree to comply with the following “Terms of Use.” The “Terms of Use” may be updated or changed at any time. It is important that you periodically review this agreement. Your continued use implies that you accept any and all changes made to this agreement.

Answer is committed to providing honest, accurate information about sexuality and related health issues. We encourage you to talk about sexuality issues with a trusted adult (parent, counselor, teacher, school nurse, other family member or religious leader).

If you are having a health or psychological emergency, if you are thinking about hurting yourself or someone else or if someone is hurting you, please get help immediately. We do not have the capacity to provide counseling or crisis support, so please ontact your parents, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult or call 9-1-1 or the Hope Center Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) if you are in the United States. If you are in the United States and an adult is hurting you in any way, you can call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD to get connected with assistance. If you are outside of the United States and an adult is hurting you, Child Help International can help you find a local hotline and resources.


The Sex, Etc. website is intended only for users thirteen years of age and older.

The information contained within the Sex, Etc. website does not constitute medical, legal or other professional advice. The information presented on this site or sent to you electronically in response to a message from you is meant for general educational purposes only. It is not intended or implied to serve as specific medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should never be a substitute for consultation with a physician or other health professional. If you have, or think you might have, a medical problem or symptom, please consult a medical professional right away. To find a family planning clinic or health center near you, look in the yellow pages under “family planning” or call 1-800-230-PLAN for the nearest Planned Parenthood health center.

Also, the information presented on this site or sent to you electronically in response to a message from you does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal question, always seek the advice of an attorney or other legal professional.

With any information you provide us it is critical that we keep it confidential. When you register and become a member with us, we ask you for your first name, your username, age, sex, country, zip code, and e-mail address. Your username will be visible on the site any time you comment or post in our Forums. We ask that you not use your actual name as your username, and that your username not contain profanity or other offensive language. Your other information will be used internally only and to make improvements to the website based on the users that visit. No one else will have access to this information as it is owned and managed by Sex, Etc. We will only use your e-mail address when you indicate you would like something sent to your e-mail address, like the opt-in e-mail lists, “Ask the Experts” or “Talk to Us”. We will not use your e-mail address to contact you for any other reason. Nor will we sell or distribute your e-mail address to anyone else.

Your e-mail address will be used initially to send you a confirmation e-mail allowing you to opt-in to the Sex, Etc. Web site registration. Before completing the profile setup process, site visitors will need to confirm their setup via an e-mail opt-in process.

For users age 13 or older, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the user’s e-mail address to confirm the profile setup. After clicking the confirmation link in the e-mail message, the user will confirm complete the setup of their profile.

For users age under 13, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the user’s guardian’s e-mail address to confirm the profile setup. After clicking the confirmation link in the e-mail message, the user’s guardian will confirm and complete the setup of the user’s profile.

Answer at Rutgers University does not assume any responsibility or any risk for your use of the Sex, Etc. website or the Internet. The Sex, Etc. site does contain links to other sites, but does not necessarily endorse these sites. Answer does not assume any responsibility or any risk for your use of these sites, their content or privacy practices. Please refer to the individual sites for their “Terms of Use” and/or privacy statements. Once you leave the Sex, Etc. website, you may not have the same privacy or other protections.

Answer at Rutgers University, assumes no liability for any diagnosis, treatment, decision or action you take in response to the information that is provided online or sent to you electronically in response to a message from you.

In no event shall Answer or Rutgers University be liable for any injury, loss, claim, damage, or any incidental or consequential damages arising either directly or indirectly out of or in any way connected with the Sex, Etc. Web site or any failure or delay in updating or including any materials on the Sex, Etc. website, or any use or inability to use any materials on the Sex, Etc. website, even if Answer has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

The entire Sex, Etc. website is protected by the copyright of Rutgers University. All rights reserved. The materials presented on the website may be downloaded and/or printed so long as each copy indicates the appropriate copyright notice and is used only for PERSONAL USE.

Photographs on this website are provided expressly for the Sex, Etc. website. They are the property of Answer and cannot be used for any other purposes without the express consent of Answer at Rutgers University.

It is absolutely prohibited to reprint or electronically reproduce any text, document, graphic, photo or audiovisual material for bulk or commercial use. For special copyright permissions, please contact us (see information below).

When you submit a question, article, or other material to the Sex, Etc. website, you are authorizing Sex, Etc. staff to read, edit and publish it on the website. All questions, comments, articles, etc. submitted to the Sex, Etc. website become the property of Answer. Reproduction of any question you submit or answer you receive, in whole or in part without permission, is prohibited.

Please note that personal questions submitted to the “Ask the Experts” portion of the site will not be shared publicly (this includes your question and e-mail address) unless your question is used as a “Question of the Week.” In this case, any personally identifying information will be edited out of the question.

If you submit or contribute an article, Answer at Rutgers University makes no guarantee that it will be published. To find out more about how to submit a story, please click on “Magazine” to learn more about applying to write. All submissions must be original works.

The Sex, Etc. editors and staff work very hard to ensure that the information presented on the Web site is accurate. However, Answer at Rutgers University disclaims responsibility for any errors or omissions or for unintended technical inaccuracies or typographical errors in the materials.

Answer at Rutgers University cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading through the services will be free of “infections,” “viruses,” and/or “worms” or other code that manifest contaminating or destructive properties. Users are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy the particular requirements of accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a procedure outside the Web site for the reconstruction of lost data. Use of the Sex, Etc. website and the Internet generally is at the user’s own risk.

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, USA, and you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New Jersey in connection with any claims or disputes that may arise from your use of the website. In the event that any portion of these terms and conditions is deemed by a court to be invalid, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to this website, or the use of this website, must be filed within one year after such claim or cause of action arose and must be filed in a court in New Jersey, USA.

If you have any questions or comments about the “Terms of Use” outlined above, please contact us at:

Rutgers University
41 Gordon Road, Suite C
Piscataway, NJ 08854

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