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Privacy Policy


The website is a publication from the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA). The SMSNA values and respects your individual privacy and is committed to protecting it at all times. This Privacy Policy explains the types and uses of information collected from site visitors.

By visiting this website, you accept the privacy policy described here.

Defined Terms

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, the following terms are defined:

Personally Identifiable Information – any and all information identifying you personally, such as your name, address, telephone number(s), email address, or company name.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information – information that does NOT identify you personally. This may include technical or demographic information. To capture non-personally identifiable information, we use cookies.

Cookies – A “cookie” is a small text file that web servers typically send to a user’s computer when they visit a website. Cookies are stored as text files on user’s hard drive and can be accessed by web servers when the user visits a Site or views an advertisement. A session cookie is a cookie that stores information as a user is using the Site but is deleted once the browser session is finished. A persistent cookie is a cookie that stores information as a user utilizes the Site and stores and uses that information in connection with future visits of the user to the Site. Third-party cookies are cookies provided by our advertising partners or e.g. social media platforms. Any third-party cookie that we authorize for use on the Site only collects that information described below for the same stated purposes as if we were directly collecting the information. For a third-party cookie, the third-party will have access to the collected information in order to provide us with information or services to enhance the performance and functionality of the Site.

If you prefer not to accept cookies, you can set your Internet browser to notify you when you receive a cookie or to prevent cookies from being placed on your hard drive. If you consent to our collection of cookies and you subsequently wish to withdraw your consent, you will need to manage the settings on your web browser to delete all cookies and disallow further acceptance of cookies. Please note that disabling cookies on your browser will prevent us from tracking your activities in relations to our Site, however, it may also disable some of the functions and features of the Site and the Site may not work properly. If you do not wish to accept cookies in connection with your use of this Site, please discontinue use of the Site. By continuing to use our Site, you are agreeing to our placing cookies on your computer in order to analyze the way you use our Site.

Collection and Use of Information

This site is aimed at providing you with helpful patient information and allows you to visit the site without telling us who you are or revealing personally identifiable information.

Automatically Collected Data

The SMSNA collects generic information about visitors to this website. As you interact on this website, we may collect information about your computer or device and visit(s) through cookies, pixel tags and other technologies, Internet Protocol (IP) address tracking/URL tracking, and other tools (collectively, “Tracking Technologies”). The types of Automatically Collected Data collected on this website through the use of these and other tools, which we may add from time to time, may include: the search terms you used, new or returning user information, browser information, computer or device type, operating system, internet service provider, website usage, referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp and number of clicks. This information is necessary for you to be able to view the website as well as for us to collect this information to have a record of the number of visitors, the webpages visited most often, the technology used by the visitor, and the country of origin of visitors.

Google Analytics

We use a tool called “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use (as amended for government websites) and the Google Privacy Policy. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.

Links to Other Web Sites

Links to third-party websites are provided solely for your information and convenience. If you use these links, you will leave our site. The SMSNA is not responsible for the content or privacy policies on these other websites. We suggest that you carefully read the privacy policies of each site you visit.

Information Sharing

In exceptional cases, the SMSNA may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process served on the SMSNA; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of SMSNA; or (c) protect the personal safety of SMSNA personnel or members of the public in urgent circumstances.

No Guarantee

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, and despite our efforts, the SMSNA cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, however in no event will future changes to the Privacy Policy jeopardize or negate the assurances now stated in the Policy

Changes to this Policy

The SMSNA reserves the right to modify, alter, or otherwise update this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason; however, in no event will future changes to the Privacy Policy jeopardize or negate the assurances now stated in the Policy. You should visit this page from time to time to review the current terms. To assist you in knowing when the Privacy Policy was last updated, the month and year of the most recent updated Policy will appear at the bottom of this page.

Contact Us

If you have any concerns about our use of your information or if you would like to provide us with any feedback about this Privacy Policy, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at We will make every reasonable effort to address your concerns and remedy any problems you bring to our attention.

This Privacy Statement was last revised on May 10, 2019