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Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any post or message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The posts and messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of the LuPUS Message Board.

Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email or using the PM (Private Message) service. You can contact the Moderators or Admin. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use the LuPUS Message Board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.

You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by the LuPUS Message Board.

You agree to read and adhere to the Guidelines in the What is the LuPUS MB? forum.

You must be over the age of 18 years to register.

The material contained in the LUpus Message Board is presented for information and discussion purposes only.

The LuPUS Message Board, is one of two web sites under the umbrella of LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS), a non-profit organisation for individuals-affected-by-systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus variant conditions and the anti-phospholipid antibody (Hughes) syndrome. We are a Member of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations in the UK located at this URL: http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/.

The material presented in the LUpus Message Board is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified medical practitioner. LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS) and the LuPUS Message Board strongly advises all users with health problems to consult a doctor. If you have any questions or concerns about your condition, you must consult a doctor before starting any treatment. You should strictly comply to any treatment plan set out by your physician and not take any preparations without the knowledge of your attending physician.

Although there is a qualified psychotherapist/counsellor as one of the Moderators, the LuPUS MB cannot and should not be used as a source of emergency psychological support. If you feel suicidal, you should contact your GP immediately and you can also talk to the Samaritans here: http://www.samaritans.org

In the UK dial: 08457 90 90 90.

In the Republic of Ireland dial: 1850 60 90 90

The materials in the LUpus Message Board cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. To the fullest extent possible, LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS) and the LuPUS Message Board, expressly excludes all liability in respect of the information and opinions contained in Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS), the LUpus Message Board or any of its Web sites.

LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS) makes no representations about the materials in the LuPUS Message Board, or any of its Websites. LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS) and any of its Websites shall be governed by and construed in all respects in accordance with English Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English High Court will apply as regards any claim or matter arising in respect of this Web site.

LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS) reserves the right to remove all material which it considers inappropriate. Posts to the LuPUS Message Board are viewed by our Moderators to enable all inappropriate material to be removed. This includes pornographic, offensive, defamatory, undocumented, illegal material(s) that is/are in any way contrary to accepted morality and behaviour. LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS), the Moderators and Administrator of the LuPUS Message Board, make no representations as to the medical content of posts on the Website.

As far as possible, we try to ensure the accuracy of the information, but cannot guarantee its completeness or fit for use. In the Medical News forums, you may read information that has been reported in newpapers or medical journals and websites. Any opinion expressed or product mentioned, is not an endorsement by LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS) or the LuPUS Message Board. The information posted will show the source in the form of an URL, along with the date which readers can determine its reliability or suitability of use. As always, this should be discussed with your own doctor.

We thank you for joining us and sincerely hope you will find a safe-enough base to talk and invite you to take an active part in the development of the LuPUS Message Board as this is your LuPUS MB.

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